America's Got Talent is the best summer job anyone could ever ask for. I mean, I have so
much fun on this show just watching people strive for their dreams and have a good time
at it. When you think about competition shows, a lot of them take themselves so seriously,
and they're always talking about the stakes and how winning could change your life. This
show is more just about having fun.
As a fellow performer, I know the intensity these performers are feeling - this is their
shot at stardom, so stakes are so high that I just empathize with them. Whether it's on
stage doing stand-up or an audition or music, when you've got all the chips on the table
and everything is on the line, you want to go out there and give everything and give your
best performance. So, I just try to encourage them and let them know that it's not the end
of the world if it doesn't go as planned, because in their mind this is the end - you know,
this is their shot.
I think, you know, every year we say, "The show's getting better and better,"
but I really believe that this is the best year because I think people are inspired by the
previous years. I think this year people are more creative; they're more open-minded. I
mean, when you saw acts like Fighting Gravity last year, it did so well. And then, you see
someone even do better than that this year and so early on, like iLuminate for example.
People are just taking these different approaches and the talent is tremendous this year.
Also, the youth culture has been infused in this show in such a way and everything from
the ratings to the chatter about the show kind of proves it. I'm not really a fan of
encouraging my kids to be entertainers. Not because I think there's
anything wrong with it; I mean I think it's beautiful when young people are
striving for their dreams, and if my children do want to do that, I'll be as fully supportive
as possible. But, I just think there's so many other things in the world to become and to
strive for. I mean, I think a lot of times we value the entertainment industry way too
much when - it's all great. It's amazing, but you know I want my children to be heart
surgeons or college professors. Obviously, I would love it if my children could have the
vocal ability like their mother. And I think my sense of humor would help them throughout life.
As far as these live shows, I've been on the road with the Vegas shows and everything,
and it's quite difficult being away from the family. I mean, it's probably one of the
hardest things I had to do, and I didn't even really think about how difficult that was
going to be because my life has always been, you know, kind of on the road and going.
Fortunately, my wife is extremely understanding when it comes to that, so I didn't really
think that it would be any harder than it was before, until it actually happened. Like, all I
want to do is be at home with my kids, but you know you've got to get out there and work!
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