Imagine Idol with more spirited harmonies and you've got Clash of the Choirs (tonight at 8 pm/ET, NBC), a four-night competition among amateurensembles coached by Patti LaBelle, Michael Bolton, BlakeShelton, Kelly Rowland and Nick Lachey. We talked to Lacheyabout his troupe, and fame's highs and lows.
TV Guide: How did you pick your choir?
We had, like, 400 people audition, andhad to taper that down to a more reasonable 50 or so. Then Icame in and heard [those], one by one. It just came down to blendand making all of those voices sound good as one unit.
TV Guide: Are they doing any of your songs?
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?
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.
[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?"
Yeah, well,they've been saying that for the pastyear. [Laughs] And they could take thesame picture next week and write, "AreThey Headed for a Split?" They writewhatever they feel like.
TV Guide: How does that not drive you crazy?
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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