The Voice will mark its 500th episode during Season 21, and of all the ways the singing competition has evolved in its ten years on NBC, only two people have been around to witness it all (at least on camera). One of those is Blake Shelton, the only celebrity coach to appear in all 21 seasons so far. The other is host Carson Daly, who has a different view of the reality show than his superstar co-workers, providing him a somewhat unique perspective on what he thinks The Voice’s big secret is that has made the show so successful.
Carson Daly recently spoke with THR ahead of The Voice’s milestone episode, as well as its Season 21 premiere, and said he thinks part of what has kept the competition show fresh is actually an aspect that might have hurt similar reality shows. In his words:
American Idol found huge success in its early years and held strong to the different judging styles that Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson brought to the table, and Fox didn't even attempt to shake things up during its peak years. While Carson Daly agrees "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," he said you still want the show to be able to evolve. By making the coaching swaps part of the standard procedure, The Voice has been able to keep the panel fresh and experiment to find the right chemistry among the four. Sure, The Voice coaches have their rivalries and their smack talk, but that competitive fire is (usually) all in good fun, and it makes the show more entertaining for the audience, and probably the coaches too.
For all the fans out there who thrived on watching Blake Shelton and Adam Levine's verbal tugs-of-war, Carson Daly gave those moments credit for definitely being another part of the show’s appeal, saying:
The musicians who adorn the Big Red Chairs are certain to continue to change as the show adapts to the current music landscape and continues working around the stars’ busy schedules. Even OG coach Blake Shelton has hinted that he likely has more seasons behind him than ahead of him. But Carson Daly thinks regardless of who’s pushing the buttons, The Voice’s format has longevity, and Daly hopes he’ll be there to witness it for as long as possible.
While there's a long way to go until the episode count hits quadruple digits, The Voice Season 21 premieres at 8 p.m. ET September 20 on NBC, with Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson ready to build their teams. Be sure to check out our 2021 Fall TV Schedule to keep up with all of the upcoming premieres for your favorite shows.
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