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New ‘Sing-Off’ Judge Sara Bareilles Admits to TV Nerves

Nick Lachey, Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds

Pop songstress Sara Bareilles, who makes her debut as a judge on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” tonight (9/19), admits she felt a little scared about joining the show’s panel in place of Nicole Scherzinger. 

“I was nervous about going into unfamiliar territory.  I wasn’t really nervous about my contribution, in the sense that I’m such a fan of this genre,” explains the beauty who has sold more than a million records worldwide, including her bouncy No. 1 hit “Love Song.”  “I love shows like this.  I loved it the last two seasons.  But TV was very nerve-wracking to me.  It’s a different beast for me.  It’s been kind of trial by fire in that regard, but it’s been really great so far.  Now I’m at this point I’m like, ‘Well, I hope they like me’ — because I have no idea.” 

Bareilles has been having an extraordinary summer, flying back and forth between “Sing-Off” duty and concert dates on her own headling tour as well as touring with Sugarland.  (She had just completed her set when the tragic stage collapse that killed six at the Indiana State Fair occurred.) 

“This was the year I knew was going to be a workhorse year,” she says.  “My biggest struggle is no sleep right now.  But I’m really lucky in that sense — my voice will hang on.  Funny, it usually hangs on just until that last show of the tour, and then I’l get sick.  My body is like my good little team mate.  It hangs on until all the obligations are finished, most of the time.”

When she does get a break, Bareilles says, she’s not going anywhere.  “Honestly, we travel so much touring that when I get time off, I don’t want to leave my house.  I just want to sleep in and make coffee and watch ‘Golden Girls.'”

 MEANWHILE:  Tonight (9/19), NBC’s “Sing-Off” goes head-to-head against ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” — the Chaz Bono edition — and CBS comedies including the Ashton Kutcher version of “Two and a Half Men.”  (Not to mention the Giants Vs. Rams on ESPN.)  And if that isn’t challenging enough, next Monday night (9/26), they’ll be joined by Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur-infused “Terra Nova” time-travel action drama on Fox, plus the new season’s “Gossip Girl” on CW. 

Can “the little engine that could,” as “Sing-Off” host Nick Lachey calls it, hold its own among its mountainous rivals?  “Obviously, it’s a big night on television, and obviously we’re honored to be to be in the mix,” says Lachey.  “We feel great about the show we’re making.  And I’ve learned a long time ago to let the network people worry about all that other stuff.   I think all we can do as a crew, so to speak, is to make the best show we can, and then what comes, comes you know?”

 Judge Ben Folds notes that this season’s “Sing-Off” contestants are especially strong.  “I think with this season’s groups, what they have in common is they seem to have watched the show and decided that they could find an angle that would be unique for the show and unique for a cappella.  So what you’re seeing is a lot of people putting their minds to doing things that are off the beaten path — a lot of innovation.”

AND:  With Folds’ alt rock background and history of controversies involving free speech and explicit lyrics, a network television competition show isn’t where anyone would have expected to find him.  “It’s not something I ever saw myself doing,” Folds concedes.  “But one of the things I’ve found myself doing is a lot of master classes over the past five years.  I’ve always played a lot of the universities.  I’ve put a lot of time and effort into music education and music education charities — and this is sort of something I can leverage towards all those things.  Because, you know, you can’t shake your a– up on stage — not that that’s what I do — but, as a rock musician, you don’t want to think you’re going to be 70 years old and trying to act like you’re 25.”   

Folds, who has a quarter century to go before that could happen, has become “The Sing-Off’s” unofficial music professor, adding interesting bits and pieces of information to his critiques along the way.  “I think this show is very dignified for me in that I can take what I’ve learned and help out.  But I’m still in the middle of my other stuff,” he’s quick to add.  Folds, who has a string of concert dates ahead, including symphony orchestra gigs, has announced a reunion of his Ben Folds Five to record a new album in December.

Nick Lachey Revved Up for ‘Sing-Off,’ New Record…and Possible Reunion

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Nick Lachey was back in the recording studio for the first time in a long time last week, cutting the first song on what could be his first album in more than five years.  And that’s not even his primary gig. 

“I got back from my honeymoon and went right into production on ‘The Sing-Off,'” reports the affable singer-reality TV personality-host, who wed Vanessa Minnillo in July.

He notes, “We’re in the process of getting the new record going.  It’s certainly been a long time coming — too long.  It’ll be good to be back in the saddle as they say.” “The Sing-Off” is at the forefront of his mind, however.  Shooting of the season that launches Sept. 19 “is flying by.  It’s going great.  I think when you expand from five episodes to, all of a sudden, 11 episodes, you have the opportunity to try new things and introduce some new concepts into the show, which we’ve done.  We’re able to do more themed episodes, which people have always responded to.  We have a guilty pleasure episode — which is kind of like the songs everyone’s embarrassed to admit they really know and love. This year we brought a hip-hop episode in to the mix, and a country episode.  It’s fun to go into other genres of music and give some exposure there as well.  I think it’s been a great opportunity to sort of push the edge of the envelope for a cappella music.”

Also, he adds, “Doing 11 episodes will give people the chance to really get to know the groups better.  This season, with 16, it’s really the more the merrier.”

His new bride, he says, “pops in” to watch the tapings here and there.

MEANWHILE:  Considering the popularity of the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys joint reunion tour, how about a reunion of Lachey’s  former boy band, 98 Degrees?

 “We’ve talked about it,” he reveals.  “We’ve talked about possibly getting back together and doing that reunion thing, but I think it just has to be the right timing for everybody.   Everyone’s schedules are all in different places.  Everyone’s got families now.  It’s just such a different landscape than it used to be, so it’s not like the four of us can pile on a bus and roll across the country come what may.  But, that being said,” he adds, “I think we’d all welcome the chance to get back together and do it again sometime.”

What Will it Take for Court of Public Opinion to Rule Against Charlie Sheen?

Charlie Sheen

Will Charlie Sheen wind up being sued for breach of contract if he’s broken a morals clause in his “Two and a Half Men” series agreement? Will Charlie Sheen have the book thrown at him in Colorado, where he faces charges stemming from a Christmas Day arrest for assault in Aspen involving his wife, Brooke Mueller? Will Charlie Sheen’s career be irrevocably damaged? The questions swirl in the wake of Sheen’s series production being put on hold last week, as he and Mueller go through their respective rehabs.

Here’s another question: What will it take for the court of public opinion to rule against Sheen, whose record of behavior is so horrendous that for many, the ONLY way he’d be welcomed into their living rooms is on TV?

Seriously, his ex-wife accused him just four years ago of pushing her down and threatening her, being addicted to gambling, seeking out prostitutes and frequently visiting child porn sites. Would you want this man hanging around your daughter?

And, it’s not just Denise Richards who told the world she was in fear of Sheen. You’ll recall that before he cleaned up his act and won public approbation and a career comeback in 2000 on “Spin City,” there was a nauseating parade of reports of his drugging and drinking and ugly episodes with women. There were photos published in 1997 of brutalized ex-girlfriend Brittany Ashland, who accused Sheen of smashing her face into a marble floor.

There was the pretzel logic explanation of how ex-fiancee Kelly Preston got shot in their bathroom in 1990 — when a gun fell out of the pocket of his pants that had been left on the floor, and it discharged a bullet that hit the toilet, then ricocheted into her arm. (As a head-scratcher, it’s up there with his current rehab being a “preventative measure.”) And, of course, there was Sheen’s role in the 1995 trial of Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss, where it was revealed that he’d spent $50,000-plus on hookers in less than two years.

Folks, forgiveness is a wonderful thing, but there’s something wrong with the fact that, reportedly earning more than $900,000 per episode, this is the highest-paid actor on TV.

SHE DID IT HER WAY: Sherry Stringfield was once dubbed “The Goodbye Girl” after walking away from the very successful TV shoSheery w, “E.R.,” Shright before it went into syndication, which would have made her a fortune. We caught up with the actress and asked if that stigma is still affecting her career today.

“I don’t think so. When I first left ‘E.R.,’ I was told by numerous people, ‘You’ll never work again.’ People say stuff, sure, but I don’t worry about what people think. I get on with what I need to do,” says the actress, who is busy auditioning during pilot season and is starring alongside Eric McCormack in the upcoming Lifetime movie “Who Is Clark Rockefeller,” premiering March 13.

The movie is based on a true story about a man in Boston who claimed to be the heir to the famous Rockefeller dynasty for over a decade and even fooled millionaire Sandra Boss, who became his wife. “She was a Stanford and Harvard graduate. This was a bright woman. You’re like, ‘What happened?’ I just found it very intriguing,” explains Stringfield, who played Boss.

“However, when you had a nice, decent childhood and went to good schools, you live in your world and assume the rest of the world is like that. I know I like to think people are just and honest, but it’s not always the case. Who would think someone’s lying to you about who they are? If someone told me they were a Kennedy, I’d be like, ‘Cool. Good for you.’ I wouldn’t think they were lying.”

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Nick Lachey branched out in the last year to create the MTV show “Taking the Stage,” and he tells us he and his brother Drew have a lot more ideas in store.

“We have a production company together, so we’re getting some ideas up and running. We’ve got some TV ideas in the works. It’s a busy time, but all good stuff,” says Lachey.

As far as his work in front of the cameras, “I always keep it open to do more acting. It’s pilot season, so I’m sure I’ll be out there doing some auditioning, but I’d actually like to branch out into more of the hosting stuff.”

When asked what his ideal hosting job would be, Lachey responds, “Sports have always been a huge passion of mine. I’d love to do a sports talk radio show or get involved in some capacity in the sports world. I think there may be some unfinished business there that I’ll want to explore.”

FUNNY THINGS: As Haley, the not-tremendously-bright teenage daughter on “Modern Family,” Sarah Hyland has drawn laughs. It was amusing watching her being convinced by her smarty pants younger sister (Ariel Winter) that she could recharge batteries by rubbing them on her forehead, for instance.

But, the 19-year-old beauty admits, “I think my biggest challenge on the show is just trying to keep up with all the adults. They’re all like standup comics in real life. I feel like the dullest person on the set. I have a dry humor, but I’m not very quick on my feet,” she says. However, “I’m watching them and learning. You know how they say ‘Practice makes perfect’? It all soaks into your being.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster