'The Voice's' Carson Daly Talks Singing Competitions Ratings Battle, Not Afraid of 'American Idol'
To get ready for the battles, Celebuzz attended a screening and press conference with coach Cee Lo Green and host Carson Daly on Friday and all we can tell is that the first episode of the battle rounds is the most epic episode of the show we've ever seen. (See the amazing video above of Team Cee Lo’s Amanda Brown and Trevin Hunte duking it out on Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love.”)
This year, the battle rounds have a new twist as Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Green can enact "the steal." This new addition to the battle rounds enables a coach to pick up a singer from another coach after they’ve lost their battle. After seeing the episode, we can tell you it’s a WELCOME and much-needed change.
But what do Green and Daly think about the battle between The Voice and those other singing competition shows?
When asked whether they were worried about going against American Idol in the spring, Daly remarked, “From the inception of the show, everybody thought we were crazy to enter the market place in primetime in network television with another one of these shows. We felt very confident in this format and what it stood for.”
“We have four of the greatest names in music who have an earnest attempt to help people to not make fun of them in the hands of Mark Burnett at a network that gave it a serious commitment. The story of The Voice is its own story, it was never born out of counter production,” he said. “We didn’t create the show to live in the holes that other shows didn’t have. You’re witnessing really a success story that takes a lot of big parts to go right. We’re proud of what we do. It’s very different than the other shows.”
He also briefly mentioned that although they’ve heard and read about the incidents on other shows, such as the American Idol feud between Nicki Minaj and Carey, they aren’t producing the show based on what’s happening elsewhere.
Though Green remained quiet on the topic at the press conference, he had his own opinions regarding the divas' feud that he shared with TMZ.
On Thursday, he told the site, “This is Hollywood, California. Hardly anything’s legit.”
As for whether or not he’s worried about The Voice when Idol comes into play, he said, ”I’m not intimidated. I think it’s entertainment for everybody.”
The battle rounds for Season 3 of The Voice begin Monday at 8 PM on NBC.
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