Nick Lachey, Clash of the Choirs
with more spirited harmonies and you've got Clash of the Choirs
(tonight at 8 pm/ET, NBC), a four-night competition among amateur
ensembles coached by Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, Blake
Shelton, Kelly Rowland and Nick Lachey
. We talked to Lachey
about his troupe, and fame's highs and lows.
TV Guide: How did you pick your choir?
Nick Lachey: We had, like, 400 people audition, and had to taper that down to a more reasonable 50 or so. Then I came in and heard [those], one by one. It just came down to blend and making all of those voices sound good as one unit.
TV Guide: Are they doing any of your songs?
Lachey: I think every artist is going to have their choir do one of their own songs, so I think we're gonna do "What's Left of Me".... That'll be a cool moment.
TV Guide: Would you ever do another reality show?
Lachey: Only one like this. I could never see myself getting into a situation [like Newlyweds] where I was completely exposed to the cameras again.
TV Guide: You've always come off as a normal guy who wound up in an extraordinary situation.
Lachey: [Laughs] That's kind of how it felt! I don't think I saw that [all] unfolding the way it did. And then it became a bit of a phenomenon and once you're in it... you can't get out. It's one of those things that evolved in front of [me] and I learned my lesson from it.
TV Guide: I just saw a tabloid with pics of you and [girlfriend] Vanessa Minnillo that read "Are They Headed for the Altar?"
Lachey: Yeah, well, they've been saying that for the past year. [Laughs] And they could take the same picture next week and write, "Are They Headed for a Split?" They write whatever they feel like.
TV Guide: How does that not drive you crazy?
Lachey: The only thing I can do is live my life, man. You can't stop people from taking pictures and writing stories, but you can control how you react. I just try to ignore it and do my thing.
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