I am definitely harder as a judge this year than I've been in previous years. And I'm actually comfortable in the position that I'm in right now of being a little more judgmental and not so tolerant and really making it about the talent and not about somebody's life story.
When it comes to music, I guess I am even more strict. I do require that the performer be at a certain level to be taken seriously. Of all the bands that got their start opening for my husband, my favorite and the one I'm most proud of is Metallica.
I think I'm always a work in progress. But I try to be a better person. As far as my personal goals in life, I've reached them all. I never wanted to be the head of a huge organization. I never wanted to be number one at everything. But I've had amazing life experiences, amazing opportunities. I've been blessed personally. But I still strive to be a better person.
When Reese Witherspoon accepted her MTV award earlier this summer, she said something which is so true. She said, you can be a success without making a sex tape or without being in a reality show. It's really about talent. And it's about knowing your craft and learning your craft and determination. And I admire her so much. When she gave her speech, I was like, "Right on!" because, you know what, it IS all about talent. I think a lot of people might make it through reality shows in the short term. If you're successful in a reality show, you get that quickly. But ultimately you have a short career. You have your five minutes, as Andy Warhol would say.