MAR. 30, 2006
YOU'VE HOSTED THREE SHOWS NOW, WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR ROLE AS HOST? WHAT DO YOU LIKE AND DISLIKE?
Hosting the show has definitely been an eye-opening experience. For years, I've watched many shows that require the host to not only interact with the guests, but also remain as objective as possible.
However, with our show it is difficult to keep from actually rooting for the contestants because they are all legitimately good at what they do. The finalists are also really cool people. So it becomes hard to say goodbye to people that I want to succeed.
That's why I tell members of the media that I'm glad I'm not the one responsible for the success or failure of any of the contestants. I'm relieved that I never know who is going home each week.
With that said, I'm certain we'll see many of these finalists around for a number of years to come.
Live television compared to rehearsal is close but not the same. Obviously, there is the live audience, however, even though we strive to achieve "live" energy, it always goes up a notch when the crowd gets there and the red light goes on.
I can see the change in expressions on the faces of the finalists also. Each of them wants to win badly. We all know only one gets the recording contract.
My favorite part of the show is the actual live energy that fills the room in the midst of all the performances. It will be interesting to see how the finalists respond next week and the song choices for each of them as well. They know it's not just song performance but song choice as well.
- (3/23) When you watch the finalists, are there moments that you're reminded of your own early beginnings?
- (3/15) What did you think of the first show and how hard is it to see someone get eliminated?
- (3/9) Now that You've Met the Contestants, What's Your Outlook for the New Season?
- (2/17) Why are You Excited About the New Season?