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'The Voice': Carson Daly dishes on the new music competition series

"The Voice" coaches, from left, in their famous

"The Voice" coaches, from left, in their famous spinning chairs: Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green and Adam Levine. Standing is host Carson Daly. Credit: NBC

Move over, “American Idol” — there’s a new music competition storming the small screen.

NBC’s getting into the music business with its new reality series, “The Voice,” based on a Dutch TV show.

Unlike “Idol,” where amateur singers simply perform in front of the judges, “The Voice” has four coaches — Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — who mentor the singers through the different phases of the show into the final competition.

amNY spoke to host Carson Daly about “The Voice.”

How does “The Voice” differ from other music competition shows?
They sent me the season of “The Voice,” which was on in Holland, and I watched it, and it was immediately different than anything I’d ever seen. They do their auditions blind, and … it was judged solely on the voice. And then, as I watched the series and the battle round, live rounds and the competition and how great the storytelling was … I just could identify with it all. It seemed like a music project more than a TV show.

What strengths do the coaches bring? We’ll start with Christina.
Christina, I think, is “The Voice.” She represents the voice of a generation. She’s always had a lot of mystery to her. She’s great on “The Voice” because she takes these young artists very, very seriously. She really wants to help people, and it comes off.

Cee Lo?
Cee Lo’s the Zen master. He’s like Yoda — I mean, he produces, he’s really funny, he likes all types of music. You can’t put Cee Lo in a box. I mean that literally, I don’t mean it figuratively. He’s the funniest. I love him. He’s got the big old smile and hides behind those sunglasses, and he loves ladies.

Adam is very competitive, as you’ll see on the show. He loves music. He cares a lot about being true to himself and his band Maroon 5, and he wants to represent all of that in “The Voice.” He was one of the first coaches signed on, and I was really happy he was because I knew I wasn’t going to do anything cheesy if Adam was involved.

And Blake?
I didn’t know a tremendous amount about [Blake], but I think he’s the one who’ll really sneak up on you. He’s got a No. 1 song right now. He’s television gold. You might not know a lot about Blake Shelton, but you’ll get to know him in “The Voice,” and you’ll love what you’ll get to know.

How is your singing voice?
Mine’s not bad, if I’ve done like four or five Saki bombs. If I do a sing-a-long song, like a Jimmy Buffet “Margaritaville,” after four Saki Bombs, you wouldn’t be able to tell how bad it really is.

If you were going on the show, is that the song you would sing?
That’s a good question. No one’s ever asked me that. I would not be going on the show, No. 1. I don’t know what I would’ve sung. I would’ve sang Oasis’ “Wonderwall” because it’s the only song I know on my guitar, cause it’s like three chords.

Now the most important question: Who would win in a fight, you or Ryan Seacrest?
Well, I’m much larger than young Ryan Seacrest. I also trained in a little mixed martial arts. So I’m not afraid of that arena — I would, is the answer. Unless he brought his two cans of hairspray I know he carries on him. That would sting my eyes. It’s like throwing sand in someone’s eyes — even I can’t defend against that.

On TV: “The Voice” premieres on NBC/4 Tuesday at 9 p.m.

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