Live With Kelly: John Rich “The Next” Interview

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John Rich: Texas Native

Country singer John Rich joined Kelly and Joel for an interview on “Live With Kelly” July 25. John lives in Nashville now, but as Kelly pointed out, he is a native of Amarillo, Texas. John said that he grew up in a double wide trailer in the middle of tornado alley. His favorite part about growing up in Texas was the strong presence of the music culture, which became a big part of his life from a young age.

John Rich: Big & Rich

John Rich The Next: Live With Kelly

Country Star John Rich discussed his reality show "The Next" on "Live With Kelly." (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

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In addition to his solo career and his work with the country group Lonestar, John is a one-half of the country duo Big & Rich, alongside Big Kenny. After releasing two successful albums, the band went on hiatus, but announced their reunion in May 2011. They have just released a new single called “That’s Why I Pray.”

When he’s on the road touring with Big Kenny, John said that he does not bring his family. He would love to, but his sons are too small: he has a 2-year-old son and a 10-month-old son. Joel joked, “Wow, you’re not busy at all!”

John Rich: “The Next” on The CW

John is a host and mentor on the upcoming CW singing reality show “The Next.” On the show, John is joined by fellow stars such as Joe Jonas and Gloria Estefan. The celebrities will move in with a young, up-and-coming singer, and spend a full three days with them while helping them prepare for a performance.

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Kelly, Joel and John watched a clip from the show of John surprising one of his contestants as he warmed up his voice in the shower. John also said that he surprised another contestant by riding into Harlem on a horse!

To catch John on “The Next,” tune in to The CW on August 16 2012 at 9 PM.

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