Since his days on MTV's "TRL," Carson Daly has expanded his role as a host and TV personality—taking on a radio show, a late night talk show and the singing competition "The Voice." He chatted with Backstage about his unexpected rise to fame, and how he keeps up with his hectic schedule. Pick up a copy of the latest issue on newsstands on Thursday, and check out a sneak peek of the story below!
How Carson Daiy Came to Love "The Voice"
When Carson Daly was originally approached by NBC about hosting the American version of the singing competition “The Voice of Holland,” he wasn’t interested. “I said no thanks, I don’t want to do karaoke on TV,” he says. “I don’t watch ‘American Idol’ or any of those shows.”
He changed his mind when they showed him a tape of the original show. “And they explained what they were trying to do, which was be nice to people and actually help them.” he watched footage of a blind audition with a contestant named Ben Saunders, who would go on to win the first season. A heavily tattooed MMA fighter, Saunders’ audition fascinated Daly. “He started singing ‘Use Somebody’ by Kings of Leon and had this beautiful voice. I was hooked.”
The Holland version is more over the top and colorful than the American version, and one thing Daly zeroed in onat the beginning was the big red chairs that turn when judges select singers. “I saw those and was like, oh, my God, we gotta get rid of the chairs,” he recalls. “Of course, now everybody loves the chairs. The chairs have more Twitter followers than I do.”