Nick Jonas talks hosting the 2015 Kids' Choice Awards, his new image and that Kanye West cover
While Nick Jonas has moved away from his boy band and Disney Channel days—the Jonas Brothers split in 2013—he’s not too old for Nickelodeon and some green slime.
Jonas will host the 2015 Kids’ Choice Awards Saturday, a gig he calls “the perfect fit.”
“There’s going to be a lot of slime. It’s going to be pretty intense,” he says, adding that his sliming wish list includes Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato and his friend Aaron Rodgers.
But if he had to slime one of his brothers, it’d be the family’s youngest, Frankie.
“I don’t think Frankie has ever been slimed,” says Jonas, who calls himself an “old pro” when it comes to being slimed. “It’s his turn.”
Apart from the slime, there will also be performances from Iggy Azalea, Five Seconds of Summer, and yes, Jonas himself.
“I’m anxious to get up there and play and embrace the crowd,” he says.
But for fans hoping for a JoBros reunion, Jonas made it clear that he’s moved into a new phase of his life and career.
“That chapter is closed,” the “Jealous” singer declares of his JoBros phase. “For me, this whole year and this next chapter of my career has really been about stepping into a new light as an artist and a performer.”.
So far, that’s included taking on acting projects like Kingdom and Scream Queens, and making unexpected choices, like those nearly-naked photo shoots and covering Kanye West’s “Only One.”
“I loved the song the minute I heard it. I really felt Kanye’s emotion in it, it spoke to me in a lot of ways,” Jonas says. “I was definitely inspired by the song and immediately felt like I wanted to sing it.”
He doesn’t have any other cover songs in mind now, but if Jonas had to pick an old Jonas Brothers song to make his own, it’d be the 2007 hit “S.O.S.” “It was our first breakthrough song and I kind of wrote it by myself,” he adds.
But Jonas does have someone in particular with whom he’d like to collaborate on an original tune. Prince, he says, would be a “dream situation.”
For now, Jonas is focused on rebuilding his career while appealing to fans young and old.
“I love my younger fans and I’ve been excited to built a new fan base that’s a bit older,” he says. “I really make an effort to keep the balance.”
The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards air Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.