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Carson Daly Says American Idol 'Paved the Way' for The Voice

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The Voice‘s Carson Daly paid tribute to the canceled American Idol Monday, saying the singing competition “paved the way for shows like us.”

“[Our success] would never had happened if Idol didn’t have the kind of success that it had,” The Voice host said at the show’s Top Five press conference at Universal Studios. “Tip of the cap to them for paving the way for shows like us.”

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Daly said he never considered the dueling reality singing shows to be “competitive,” and he hopes that when The Voice‘s time comes, it receives the respect and stellar send-off that Idol has planned for its 15th and final season in 2016.

“We would be lucky to get to the end run that they’ve had, so we wish them nothing but the best,” said Daly.

His counterpart, Ryan Seacrest, said Monday that American Idol “is a show about chasing and fulfilling dreams, and truth be told, it helped some of my own dreams come true, too.”

Reporting by CHRISTINA DUGAN