Nick Lachey is wading into reality television waters again for High School Musical, but will not do another Newlyweds!
Host Nick Lachey gets back into Reality TV with "High School Musical: Get in the Picture", premiering this Sunday, but don't expect to see him and girlfriend Vanessa Minnillo open their home to cameras anytime soon.
"I don't know where that talk came from," shrugs Lachey, whose marriage to Jessica Simpson crashed and burned shortly after their groundbreaking show Newlyweds ended. "I would never do that kind of show again. It's way too intrusive. I learned some valuable lessons through that experience, but none that I'd want to revisit over again."
He feels quite different about his upcoming HSM reality show, in which kids compete to star in a video for the end credits of Disney's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" and receive a talent hold agreement with ABC and a two-single recording contract with Walt Disney Records.
"I have no part in the decision of who stays or goes and I don't envy the judges," he previews. "That's a tough decision they have to make each and every week. I'm just the host and then a bit of a big brother figure. I try to be a support system for the kids."
As for his own support system? Lachey was all ears when little brother Drew offered some advice. "We're very much involved in each others lives and obviously, he'd hosted a show before I had, but the only advice he gave to me was to be myself," Lachey recalls. "Hosting is an extension of yourself. That's what he brought to the table on Dancing with the Stars and Dance War, and that's what I trying to bring to this show. Be myself, have fun with it and be genuine."
At the same time, fans will be happy to hear that the crooner is busy in the studio, wrapping up his next album. "Music will always be my first love," he shares. "It's where I started and what I'll always come back to, but hosting always intrigued me and this opportunity has been great for me. I've learned a lot and found I enjoy this process. I enjoy being myself, frankly, and hopefully that's what people appreciate."
Enroll for HSM summer session by tuning into ABC, Sunday, July 20 at 8pm EST.