Carson Daly to host 'Idol' rival 'The Voice.' Will he be a Seacrest or a Dunkleman?

carson-daly-trl-finaleImage Credit: Scott Gries/MTVMy immediate guess? A Seacrest. Honestly, though Last Call with Carson Daly revamped itself last year to focus on musicians, it’s been far too long since the guy has hosted a music-centric show that airs when most of the viewing public is conscious. So I’m ecstatic to see that he’s landed himself a primetime gig as host of American Idol‘s NBC rival, The Voice, which searches for the next big recording artist. “Carson is the perfect choice to host this exciting new series owing to his credibility, popularity, and relevance in both the music world and social media,” said Executive Vice President of Alternative Programming and Production Paul Telegdy in a release. “As he has demonstrated on his late night show, Carson has the knack of recognizing new talent, which is a key component in The Voice.”

Two things: 1) If “recognizing new talent” at all nods to Carson playing O-Town’s “Liquid Dreams” during his Total Request Live days, then, Mr. Telegdy, sir, you are right!, and…

2) Does that mean the host will play a part in deciding the fate of the contestants? According to NBC, no: “Carson will serve as a host, not a coach,” says a rep. That being said, the mere mention of Daly’s ability to recognize talent points to him being a Seacrest: A host who will stand up for contestants, all while still maintaining a poker face he perfected watching “The Bum Bum Song (Lonely Swedish)” climb to No. 1 on TRL. Really, this guy is a professional — anyone interested in watching him host for pure nostalgia’s sake? (Speaking of nostalgia, look at the picture above: What a baby he was!)

What do you think, PopWatchers? Seacrest or Dunkleman? And can you believe we had a Tara Reid and Carson Daly post in one day?!

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  • fancypants

    Do we really need another AI style singing competition show? X Factor is still yet to air, it’s just too much and it’s getting tired, IMO. I think the host is irrelevant. AI has been hugely successful, but I (and I’m SURE I’m not the only one) find Seacrest incredibly irritating, cringe-inducing and I want to hit the mute button when I see his face on my TV screen.

    • ?????

      I honestly think the networks (save fox) are trying to saturate the airwaves with these shows to get people tired of them so people stop watching at all.

  • Cleetus

    Carson Daley is superior to the annoying Ryan Seacrest

    • TJ. Church

      You have that backwards; Ryan is bad, but Carson is already shoved down our throats!

  • Kimmie

    I always thought Carson would be in Seacrest’s place. I’m rooting for Carson, TRL was great in the beginning.

  • bca

    Anyone else catch “The Soup” reference? lol

    • Molly

      Stay out of it, bca.

    • whatevs

      I’m glad I wasn’t the only one!

    • Stephanie T.


  • Lily

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  • Nick

    Ryan Seacrest is not annoying…

    THIS……IS American Idol!

  • Mr. Holloway

    Will Carson Daly be “a Seacrest”? I was under the impression that Daly was Seacrest before SEACREST was “Seacrest.”

    • Emily


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  • fromMarkHall

    Experience newness for the first time again or give it a rest. jeesh, you all know they’ll always be talent shows. until drinking and whoring comes back in style.

  • kt

    OMG…that Liquid Dreams reference just made my life. hahahaha

  • bruno

    carson daly’s still alive?

  • Diandra

    I love Carson Daly. Anything Seacreast can do Carson Daly can do better. Carson is an original talent. I love his interviewing skills, his knowledge and his warm personality!

    • TJ. Church

      Diandra, are you still drunk from New Year’s?! Carson isn’t even as good as Seacrest. The only reason he hasn’t lost his nightly show is NBC is in the crapper.

  • GVO

    Love watching Carson on MTV Total Request growing up – remember he discovered Kidd Rock – he was the DJ on the show and they became good friends! I bet he stills golfs better than Tiger!

    • TJ. Church

      Here’s a good deal: Let him golf, & Tiger can host the show!

  • Stephanie T.

    BOTH SEACREST AND DALEY ARE ANNOYING! Bring back Dave Holmes. The Voice will be an automatic failure!

    • TJ. Church

      Dave would never agree to replace Carson; He lacks the personality it takes to know how bad Carson is.

  • whoyouwanttobe

    Didn’t Seacrest bring us the kardashin sisters? He should be banished to hello for that. No more seacrest. He sucks!

    • JjivinC

      Your right. Those sisters are worthless. What is their talent? Not pretty. Their daddy helped OJ get away with murder. They should be ashamed of him. Oh thats right. The one likes to tape herself having sex for distribution to the worlds pervs. She is the losers screw.

    • TJ. Church

      Actually, an ex-OJ attorney brought them to us first. Thus far this season, Ryan is better than J.-Low-Talent.

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