Carson Daly considers
part of the extended "family" of
but if she causes sparks to fly on it, he won't mind.
The award-winning country music star will advise one of the teams -- not that of her husband,
Blake Shelton, but of rival coach
Shakira -- when the NBC singing competition begins its sixth season Monday, Feb. 24. The host and a producer of the show, Daly is eager for the results.
"It's become incestuous," he muses to
. "Miranda is a vocal fan of the show. She Tweets about it and is very active about it, so this makes perfect sense. I'm surprised we haven't done it sooner. In fact, I wish they'd give Blake's seat to her for one season. We're thrilled to get her."
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Usher, who joined Shakira in filling in for
Christina Aguilera and
CeeLo Green during Season 4 of "The Voice," also returns for the new round.
Adam Levine, like Shelton a constant presence on the coaching/judging panel since the show began, will be back as well.
"Every season, we've come up with some tweak that's helped keep the freshness and excitement," Daly reflects, "whether it was coming on after the Super Bowl, or introducing the 'steal' (a reprieve for an eliminated contestant), or Usher and Shakira joining our panel. It feels like the first time every time."
That's particularly important in the face of such other contests as FOX's
"American Idol," especially when it's also "in season" as it is now. Daly notes the genre "was proven to be working" before "The Voice" arrived on the scene.
"We know people like to watch people sing on television," he says. "We just felt our approach was going to be uplifting.
"One commonality among all the principals when we first sat down together, be it [executive producer]
Mark Burnett or Christina or the others, was that none of us were enthralled with any other singing competition on TV," adds Daly. "We were all excited to start with a blank canvas, so the show has never been about counter-programming. It's just been about doing something original. And it's working."