YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollections

Envelope Emmy Round

Emmys 2013: Jeff Probst, Carson Daly on taking on 'American Idol'

June 20, 2013|By Oliver Gettell
  • Carson Daly ("The Voice"), Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance"), Yvonne Villarreal (Los Angeles Times), Jeff Probst ("Survivor") and Mark Cuban ("Shark Tank") talk reality TV.
Carson Daly ("The Voice"), Cat Deeley ("So You Think You… (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles…)

Reality TV contestants have a reputation for being highly competitive, unabashedly outspoken and sometimes downright catty. The same isn't usually true of the shows' mild-mannered hosts — not without a bit of prodding, at least.

During a conversation at the Envelope Emmy Round Table about the challenges of gauging a show's success, "The Voice" host Carson Daly alluded to another popular TV singing competition but didn't name names.

"You look at shows that might put out an artist that infiltrates pop culture and becomes a top-10 [artist]," he said, "but meanwhile the ratings of their show are declining."

WATCH: The Envelope Emmy Roundtable | Reality

Fellow panelists Cat Deeley ("So You Think You Can Dance") and Jeff Probst ("Survivor") then pressed him: "Who are you talking about?"

"I didn't mention any shows, and I'm not going to," Daly replied.

"I'm going to challenge you," Probst said. "It's OK to say 'American Idol' because 'American Idol' has been the Death Star for a decade. It's wiped out more dreams because of its own power — it is inevitable it will begin to lose [momentum]. 'Survivor' is gaining on it, and we've been on for 13 years."

Daly then spoke about what he thinks differentiates "The Voice" from other singing competitions.

"We thought, let's help people," Daly said. "Let's not tell them, 'You suck, you're good, you're terrible.' Let's not make it about the coaches and whatnot."

For more from the panel, watch the video.


Emmys 2013: Connie Britton on being a role model and taking risks

Emmys 2013: Show runners on social media: It will 'make you crazy'

Emmys 2013: Jake Johnson, Don Cheadle reveal embarrassing moments

Full coverage: Emmys 2013

Emmys 2013

TIMELINE: Emmy winners through the years

PHOTOS: 2012 winners list

Emmys 2013 Round Tables

Los Angeles Times Articles