Nick Cannon Sounds Off on What Makes America’s Got Talent Special — Exclusive
Nick Cannon has been in the America's Got Talent family since Season 4 and has been an amazing host since coming aboard.
Known for his many talents — acting, music, comedy, hosting — Nick is one of the biggest TV personalities out there today, and has come so far since his humble start on Nickelodeon's All That. He is a total A-lister now, though, and is married to the lovely Mariah Carey, with whom he has a set of twins.
His hosting gig America's Got Talent is bigger and better this season, moving the live rounds to Radio City Music Hall in New York City, one of the most fabled stages in the country, and continues to dominate summertime TV.
In an exclusive interview with Wetpaint Entertainment, Nick opened up about the show's success, his favorite acts, the new judges, and his own career.
Wetpaint Entertainment: You’ve said before that America's Got Talent is the best reality competition show on TV. What do you think sets it apart from all the others?
Nick Cannon: I think it’s because it really embodies the family, and the surprising stories that help move it along. You never get tired of seeing these everyday Americans with extraordinary talent of all sorts — it doesn’t just focus on singing or dancing. Any age, any talent, any size, any creed — it just brings the entire country together.
Are there any big things ahead for the show this season with the move to Radio City Music Hall?
Radio City Music Hall is one of the most historic venues in the world, and to give that everyday American the opportunity to perform on such a remarkable stage is definitely going to take the show to a new level.
What has been your favorite act you’ve ever seen on America's Got Talent and why did you like it so much?
I’m fond of the younger acts. To see young kids coming out there and strive for their dream. I have a connection with them because I’ve been performing since I was a kid, too, so I always try to root for them and pay extra attention to them. Everyone from The Untouchables, a young band last year from Miami, to Jackie Evancho, who came in second place and now has an extraordinary career as an opera singer. Those are always the ones to me that are the most delightful to be around and to see succeed.
What's it like working with new judges Heidi Klum and Mel B.?
It’s tons of fun — what you see on TV is kinda how they really are. They document it very true to what goes on, so when you see us interacting and joking, that’s how it is. There’s really good chemistry.
You host America's Got Talent, they’re bringing back Wild 'N Out, and you’re reviving Soul Train. Many say you're the next Ryan Seacrest — how do you feel about that?
I’m way more talented than Ryan Seacrest — he’s just the host of American Idol and a radio show (laughing). But I joke with him about it. Obviously I do everything from my music to my stand-up to acting — hosting is just one of the things I enjoy doing. I definitely respect Ryan’s business acumen and I think we have that in common, but it’s funny when people say I’m the next Ryan Seacrest. It’s like, I’ve kinda been doing this a little bit longer, but I’ll take it.