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Ten Minutes with JC Chasez
Published: Monday, March 17, 2008
It's nearly impossible to get an accurate impression of anybody in ten minutes, but after ten minutes of talking to singer-turned-reality-TV-judge JC Chasez, he seems... dull.
Of course, this is not to say that the former N'SYNC member actually is dull. His demeanor is most certainly affected by the fact that it's 8:30 in the morning and this is just one of the first in a long line of interviews he's doing today. But everything he says is disappointingly safe; he never says anything resembling controversial. For a guy who has been in the music industry for 15 years - six of which were spent with one of the most successful boy bands of all time - you'd think he would know how to inject a little personality into an interview.
But impressing his critics has never been how Chasez found success. He made his way by being a good-looking guy in a group that made radio-friendly music and by turning on the charm whenever he was on TV. Admittedly, any time Chasez is on camera, he is magnetic. He showcases these talents in his new gig as a judge on Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew, a reality show competition to find the best group of dancers in America. Chasez is far from the only entertaining part of the show - the innovative crews range from the all-female Fysh and Chicks from California to the roller-skating BreakSk8 from Indiana.
That's right; one of the groups dances entirely on roller skates - not rollerblades, but the old-fashioned, roller disco roller skates. Chasez says that he and the other judges - rapper Lil' Mama and choreographer Shane Sparks - were all pleasantly surprised to find out how well BreakSk8 adapted to each week's challenge, whether it was creating a routine based on street basketball or performing to Michael Jackson's "Beat It."
"I think they were kind of a group that was a kind of learn-as-you-go group. We voted them on because we saw potential by the end of the audition show," Chasez explains. "We saw something there that we wanted to see again and see if they could improve upon it. Every week, we'd give them one more note, one more note, and they would add it and it seems to have worked."
As more proof that Chasez knows how to act on camera, his comments following each crew's performance are usually harsher, more detailed and much more interesting than those of Sparks and Lil' Mama. But he denies that he's trying to liven up the show by becoming the Simon Cowell of the judges.
"My whole thing is I want to be as helpful and as honest as I can. When I'm critiquing, I'm not going to ask someone [to do] the impossible. If somebody doesn't have the ability to do something, I'm not going to tell them they need to do it," Chasez says. "My goal is to try and bring out the best in each dance crew. If two times you've heard, 'That's great, that's great,' I'm going to tell you, 'Good job, but if I were to improve upon it, here's what I would do,' or 'I would keep my eye on this, because there's room to make it better.'"
Though Chasez gives the most constructive criticism of the group, he's hesitant to suggest he's a better judge than Sparks or Lil' Mama; true to form, Chasez remains stoically diplomatic about their contributions to the judging process.
"I respect the other two judges very much because they come from two different opinions and points of view," he says. "Two very different contrasting minds. Shane is a choreographer and he's got an eye for putting those kinds of things together and Lil' Mama has a young, fresh perspective because she is, I would say, current. My perspective is that I've actually done this for 15 years and I was in a group and this is a group show so I understand that part of the dynamic very well. We each bring three very different points of view so I'm very respectful of the other two, and I learn, too."
The most compelling part of the interview comes when Chasez talks about the episode where the judges eliminated the crew Live in Color over Fysh and Chicks - but it's only because he uses the word "literally" three times in once sentence.
He says: "Literally, we just felt that one group literally thought about their routine a little bit more than the other group and that was literally the deciding factor."
This gives me a brief feeling of superiority - doesn't he realize I'm recording this?
But then I realize: why should he care? Chasez already has millions of people who adore and admire him. America's Next Dance Crew has already been renewed for a second season and his second solo album is expected later this year. Is a ten-minute interview with someone who parses his grammar going to take away from that? Of course not. This interview might not be the most impressive ten minutes of his life, but it's not the most important, either.
Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew airs Sundays at 7 p.m. ET on MuchMusic.
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