The former boy band star is about become a father for the second time — and his new baby daughter could make an appearance at any moment.
“We are celebrating with one eye on the contraction clock,” he tells me. “We are ready to head to the hospital if we have to.”
Nick, 41, already has a son with wife (and TV host) Vanessa Minnillo.
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The new addition, he says, “adds a special dynamic to this holiday season, knowing that we are getting the best gift of all.”
He’s also more than a little excited to get back to work on the NBC A cappella competition, which this season has been cut back to just one two hour special.
“It’s a challenge for us — obviously we couldn’t have as many groups on. We started with six groups. But it is the same concept: the groups compete against each other, they get some feedback and hopefully apply that to their next performance.”
For its fifth “season,” THE SING-OFF has also made a change at the judges table.
“We were so sad that Ben Folds couldn’t be back with us again this year,” Nick says.
“Obviously he has become a staple of the show and been with Shawn and I since the very beginning. His schedule wouldn’t allow him to be here for this years show, but we are very excited to welcome Patrick Stump, the lead singer for Fall Out Boy. He did a great job and brought a different perspective.”
“Every judge brings a different perspective, and Patrick certainly brought his. I think our group has really benefitted from his insight.”
Here’s a bit more of what Nick had to share when we spoke on Monday.
Did the decision to condense the show into one night have anything to do with your personal schedule?
Not at all. That was a programming thing, per NBC and something they would have to speak to. It had nothing to do with my schedule. We are just excited that it is coming back in any form — whether it be a 12 episode season or a two hour holiday special. We are fans of the show because it is truly a passion for us. It is exciting to be a part of it.
Is the arrival of baby number 2 going to have any substantial impact on your ability to work? Will you want to take some time off?
I am fortunate that I do get to have a little time off. I am hosting a show here in New York and we are on hiatus in January, so that will be fortunate that I will be able to be at home with Vanessa and the baby.
What is the status of your upcoming reality series, LACHEY’S BAR?
We are in production now and hoping to open the bar shortly — in the next few weeks. It is uncharted territory for my brother and I. We have never opened a bar before.
What are you most looking forward to about having a little girl?
I can only assume it is going to be different in ways I don’t expect. I know there is something special about that bond between father and daughter, which I am excited to experience first hand. It’s hard for me because I can’t imagine loving a child any more than I love my son. But I guess it is a different kind of love. I haven’t tried to predict how I am going to feel or how it will be different. I am just going to go along for the ride.
What is your favorite thing to do together as a family?
We love to go to the park. Personally, I love to wrestle with my son. That is our thing. We wrestle and tickle. But, you know, it is just about spending time together.
What can you tell us about the groups you will have on the show this season?
We have six groups total. We have a collegiate group from Vanderbilt. We have always had collegiate groups. We have a group of alumni — people who have been parts of other groups in the past but have come together and reconfigured themselves to form a new group called The Exchange. We have a group of young ladies from New York City, who grew up in the church. We have a group that started at Yale. They actually take a sampler and sample their voices live on stage. It is still A cappella, but it has a little bit of a twist. There is a group from Nashville and a new group from San Francisco that former especially for the show.
THE SING-OFF airs Wednesday, December 17 on NBC.
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