My 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?!