Joe Jonas is jumping into the world of reality TV, mentoring on his new CW reality singing competition, “The Next.”
The 22-year-old (who celebrates his birthday on Wednesday) stopped by Access Hollywood Live on Monday, where he chatted about his new show that also includes fellow mentors Gloria Estefan, hip-hop performer Nelly and country star John Rich.
“We’re jumping into these people’s lives,” he told Kit Hoover and guest co-host Shaun Robinson on Monday, explaining that “The Next” mentors become part of the contestant’s lives, even partaking in their day jobs.
“It’s been the craziest things. I’ve been babysitting 15 kids. We’ve had Gloria Estefan riding tractors, bizarre situations to be thrown into, but it makes for great television and a lot of heartfelt stories too,” he continued. “We’re able to really get to know those artists and what drives them personally… We’re there to kind of encourage them… I know the ups and downs of this stuff.”
Adding, “The talent has actually been incredible.”
And would Joe ever consider continuing his own reality TV work on “Dancing with the Stars?”
“I would do it. It would be awesome,” he said of the ABC show. “I think I have been asked, but I was a little busy, but I’d be up for it, why not?”
In related Jonas Brothers news, Kit and Shaun also asked Joe about his brother Nick possibly heading to “American Idol” as a judge.
“Yeah, I hope so… I think he would be great at it,” he said, explaining that having his brother on another singing reality competition is a good thing. “I think it kind of helps the band in general… At the end of the day it can only help the brothers.”
Joe also weighed in on 2012’s biggest boy band, One Direction, who performed at the Olympic Closing Ceremony in London on Sunday night.
“I think they’re amazing,” he said of the British group. “They’ve got really good hair, so keep it up!”
“The Next” premieres on Thursday at 9 PM on The CW.
-- Jesse Spero
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