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Q) I was wondering what can viewers expect when you co-host the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS? Have you and Demi been working together?
A) We havenít started yet because sheís doing something called THE X FACTOR. Sheís a busy girl. Sheís on tour doing THE X FACTOR. Weíll get together in a couple of days and start working on it, but TEEN CHOICE, regardless, is always fun and super crazy and I canít wait. I think itís going to be exciting and itís live, so you never know whatís going to happen.
Q) I wanted to know if you have any doís or doníts going into the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS?
A) Good question, doís and doníts, itís kind of nerve-wracking. Because itís live, I guess you have to watch what you say and keep it together. Itís going to be fun, so luckily I have Demi to lean on and likewise for her, so Iím excited to see No Doubt, so I hopefully wonít act like a fan gorilla in front of all the people that I like. I should probably stay professional. That my goal is I act like an actual host and not like a fan.
Q) Have you ever hosted a live show before and what are you looking forward to the most?
A) I hosted the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS two years ago with Katy Perry and Mark, Chris and Cory from GLEE, but because there were so many of us, we each just had a little part, so this will definitely be a lot more responsibility, but Iím excited. Iím looking forward to kind of being able to spend a little time with Demi and having the spontaneity of it being live, because you can only plan so much, so Iím going to hopefully be prepared for anything. Iím really excited to see all the live performances.
Q) So you mentioned it being live, are you nervous? I know youíve done the GLEE TOUR, but are you nervous at all about doing live TV?
A) Yes, it is definitely a little different than the GLEE TOUR, but my favorite thing on the planet is being in front of a live audience. Like on tour, I actually loved it. Granted this is talking. I prefer to be singing in front of a live audience, so yes, it is a little nerve-wracking, but I think a little nervous energy is great for this sort of thing. It keeps you on your toes.
Q) I know you and Demi are friends, but this is the first time youíre working on something professionally together, so what is like the number one thing youíre looking forward to hosting with her?
A) I think kind of our back and forth. I think weíll have a good chemistry up on stage. Itíll be fun to kind of mess around, and Iím extremely self-deprecating, so Iím all for being made fun of, so itís going to be fun to kind of see what happens when we work on the script for the show and whatnot.
Q) Hosting with Demi Lovato is, obviously, going to be very exciting. I was wondering if there were any hopes of persuading her to do a guest spot on GLEE this season?
A) Oh, I will definitely ask her to do that. Granted I donít have that power, but Iím trying to get her on board. It was like at Comic-Con, I was doing the same thing. Iím like who can we get on here. I would love for her to come on. I mean we havenít met any of my family and so I mean she could be my sister, right? Iím all for that.
Q) I know now that you are still a very young man, even though youíve been acting for a long time and yet, itís funny what happens. There can be generation gaps that emerge very quickly as you start to age a bit. Iím just curious because youíre in your 20s now, have you had any moments or any occasions where youíve been around people who are 13, 14, 15 years old and youíve had those little cultural moments where you think oh my God, I donít speak the same language as these people anymore? Have you ever had any funny incidents like that?
A) Oh, yes, definitely. I have a 12-year-old niece and she has an Instagram, which weirded me out and so I follow her on Instagram, and itís kind of little things where I see her and my friends have younger siblings using like emoticons for this instance, but itís like what? Heís too young to be doing this and Iím like hold on, what am I saying? I sound like a crazy old parent. Iím like I tell her, Iím like okay any time I start acting like that again, Iím like you have to tell me to stop acting like a parent and Iíll get back to normal. But Iím trying not to, but that was a good question. I definitely do notice that and on the air that we see what kind of music people are listening to and stuff like that, itís interesting, so Iím trying to not be that old.
Q) Yes, but itís tough, isnít it, that because things change so quickly, especially now technologically, I bet sometimes when youíre talking just lingo, right?
A) Yes, I was reading some article, I forget what it was, but the average age of a household for the deciding factor of buying new technology or whatever is a ten-year-old. A ten year old is the one directing who should what computer, who should buy what tablet or cell phone and stuff like that, so itís absolutely crazy. When youíre around kids even from like eight to 13, like the 8-year-old still knows software, so like my 9-year-old nephew was helping me with my phone the other day. Granted I was right and not wrong and it made me feel better, but it is crazy.
Q) Iím wondering with all the incredible artists that are going to be at the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS and, of course, you mentioned No Doubt as well, have any of them had any influence on your upcoming album?
A) Oh, good question, I mean growing up, I loved No Doubt and Gwen Stefani and The CREW are amazing performers. I donít know if any of them directly had anything to do. I mean Flo Rida is such a powerhouse now on the radio. Heís absolutely kind of changing things and heís played everywhere even though heís rap and some stations are a little slow to catch on to that. He was kind of the first one to break that mold. I think that kind of music it makes it No Doubt definitely an influence a little bit.
Q) Is there anything youíre doing to prepare for the AWARDS?
A) Well, Iím just talking in front of people. You know luckily I feel very comfortable in front of a live audience, so Iím not too worried about that, but it is hard. Iíve been thinking about that and how do you actually prepare to be a host because itís such a unique thing. But I think the next couple of days I think when we start rehearsing for it and whatnot, I think weíll get all the kinks out there and hopefully itíll be all good for it, but we havenít started yet.
Q) With hosting, how do you think like being in the boy band helped you?
A) I think just being on stage has been, I had gotten in it like when I was 14 and was in it until about 19 or 20, and that was the first time I did all kinds of, you know, radio press stories and any type of press like that and going on summer tours, so I think it made me comfortable with talking to people in the media and being in front of live audiences and talking. I think that prepared me for GLEE, even the recording of it and then GLEE was kind of the best preparation for it, because of going on awards shows and presenting and that kind of thing and going on talk shows, itís kind of the closest thing. Iíve only hosted one other time and that was the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS, so I think kind of doing at concerts and doing that kind of stuff is the closest, so you can get to it without actually being a host.
Q) I was wondering you sing, act, and dance. Whatís your favorite?
A) Growing up people were always like you have to pick one and Iím like, no, no, and then GLEE happened and I didnít have to pick one. I think singing is definitely more natural for me to do. Itís more instinctual to me to do. Obviously singing it not challenging, but acting is definitely more of a process for me, not that I was comfortable, which I like is I think itís why I like it so much, but I get something out of both of them. Dancing is probably, Iíd say those two are tied for first and dancing is probably second.
Q) Kevin, going on the dancing thing are we going to see you dance at all on the show because like one of my favorite moments on GLEE was when you did your like dream sequence and got to dance to see if you dance.
A) You know what, I would not put it past myself. I donít think thereís going to be any planned stuff, but Iím sure something will happen. Iím sure Iíll embarrass myself with some kind of awkward dance at some point.
Q) Well, have you pushed at all for more dancing or dream sequences like that on GLEE? Obviously, you canít do it without there being some sort of dream sequence or something.
A) Well, Harry and I really did, we pitched ďScreamĒ and we really wanted to do that, so that was kind of the first time. Because ďThe Safety Dance,Ē dance, I didnít pitch on the show, because I didnít think it would ever happen, so I was just super excited about it. Then for ďScreamĒ Iím like okay, if itís ever going to happen again, this has to be it and so luckily they listened and we got to do that. So I kind of feel like now Iíve used up my allowance for dancing, so last year I basically got every song that I asked for, so Iím going to keep my mouth shut for a while.
Q) I wanted to know will you be taking your niece and nephew to the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS or anybody since theyíre in that age bracket? I think they would love it.
A) Oh, yes, I have my sister and her two daughters and her son are all coming, so they are super excited. They were hounding me for tickets before I knew I was going to be co-hosting it and I was figuring that out and then I was like well, actually, Shannon, you can all go now because Iím hosting it with Demi, so that was a fun twist. Oh yes, itís their favorite event. Every year I take them to TEEN CHOICE AWARDS and KIDS CHOICE AWARDS. Itís their favorite thing.
Q) Did you vote or watch for the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS when you were younger and how does it make you feel now?
A) Oh yes, I definitely did. Itís just very surreal now that you know, to be kind of up on the stage the whole time presenting it. Itís a very strange thing because I read somewhere that Demi feels the exact same way. Itís just odd when you go admiring something. Every single summer, I would look forward to TEEN CHOICE AWARDS and now here we are and weíll be hosting it. Iím just glad I havenít forgotten that. It definitely puts things into perspective.
Q) Kevin, could there be a possibility of a duet on the stage with Demi during the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS. I know you said that thereís kind of some room for improv there a little bit, but are there any plans?
A) I donít think thatís planned. I donít think itís going to happen. Thereís still slots to fill for all the performers, so I think I will leave that to them. I donít think Demi needs any help from me. I wish she was performing. Iíd like to hear her perform.
Q) I was wondering since you mentioned that you had looked forward to the TEEN CHOICE AWARDS when you were growing up, do you have a favorite moment from one of the past shows?
A) Of course, now Iím going to freeze up and not remember anything. I just remembered Britney Spears always winning. I was obsessed with boy bands. I just remember that everybody I loved was always on the show and so my goal was I always wanted to go to TEEN CHOICE AWARDS because everybody is there and now I get it. Now everybody is there and a couple years ago when we went Britney Spears received an award and Jenna was freaking out, thatís like her idol, so it is crazy now, but we kind of get the hang of it.