LOS ANGELES -- On the red carpet, outside the House of Blues in Los Angeles last week, cameras and reporters from all over the country went wild for the 12 remaining contestants and judges on NBC’s hit show 'The Voice.'
The group was walking the red carpet before a special media-only and VIP concert, showcasing songs performed on the show along with past season hits like “Forget You” by Gnarles Barkley.
NBC Charlotte had unprecedented access to the stars and learned host Carson Daly has Carolina ties.
“My grandfather was a Green Beret in the army in Wadesboro. There’s Greensboro, and in Charlotte. I have family everywhere,” he said.
Daly added that this season strikes a special chord in his heart.
“The host needs to be invested in the program. Season 3 I finally feel like I hit my stride of what I’m doing,” he said.
Witnessing contestants going home is never easy.
“It’s a lot of highs and low lows. There are two rooms and I bounce back between them. [You witness] a lot of loved ones auditioning, and when a chair turns around, it’s like a wedding. When a chair doesn’t turn around, it’s like a funeral. It’s really heavy. I live and die in those rooms and I want people to know, families to know, we’re not just a TV show. That’s a tough part of the show,” Daly said.
On a lighter note, you just can’t ignore some of the fancy hairstyles on the red carpet. Perhaps one of the most to stand out was Melanie Martinez and her two-tone ‘do.
“I get it done at a salon. I was inspired by Cruella De Vil,” said Martinez.
Scottish rocker Terry McDermott said he hasn’t let his style change because of the show.
“I like the British cut and I like to represent. It’s my little flag, waving for Scotland," he said.
Contestants like Trevin Hunt make it apparent that they've come a long way.
“When I was growing up, my 8th grade teacher told me I couldn’t become anything. But singing on stage each week, it’s a major confidence boost. I’m just excited to be here,” he said.
It’s also apparent that every artist is making the most of their time on the show. Heart throb and underdog Dez Durante didn’t even make the cut last season.
“Last season, not getting any chairs, I never thought I’d be in the top 12 this year. I feel blessed and grateful to America for voting me through for sure,” he said.
The contestants all agree, as we see the teams dwindle down: elimination nights are never easy.
“It’s a numb kind of feeling. Not sure what to expect, and I thought I would pass out,” said Cassidy Pope.
Egyptian-born Sylvia Yacoub agreed.
“I’m not going to lie. I cried on this show more than I have in my whole life,” she said.
But perhaps in the end, Cody Ballou said it best. No matter who stays and who goes home, there’s only one thing you can do: “You know you gotta love it all. The singing, the red carpet stuff. So I say, let it keep going, and I’ll walk it all night.”