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Carson Daly Hosting NBC's 'Idol' Challenger

"The Voice" will debut in spring, ahead of "X Factor"

NBC's challenger to "American Idol" has its Ryan Seacrest -- "The Voice" will be hosted by Carson Daly.

"I have a true appreciation for authentic, raw talent and 'The Voice' is all about finding that," said Daly, host of NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly and former host of MTV's "TRL."

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"Having worked in the music industry for many years, I am looking forward to hosting 'The Voice.' This is a show based strictly on vocal performance -- giving all kinds of talented singers the opportunity to reach millions across the country."

The network announced in December it will work with reality show producers John de Mol and Mark Burnett on the new singing show "Voice of America" -- since shortened to "The Voice" -- for this spring. The timing gets "The Voice" out before "The X Factor," Fox's new home for "American Idol" alum Simon Cowell.

The Dutch original, “The Voice of Holland,” has displaced the Dutch version of “The X Factor” and “American Idol” as the top talent competition show in the Netherlands, NBC has said.

De Mol (“Big Brother,” “Fear Factor”) created the format and produces the Dutch show, in which celebrity artists form teams of singers they will coach and mentor through the competition.

 

Singers will be eliminated -- with the audience getting a say -- until each celebrity has only one team member left to compete to be named “The Voice of America” in a live finale. 

 

To make sure no one sneaks by on their looks, the initial audition process will be blind, with coaches able to hear the singer's voice -- but not see his or her face.