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Josh Groban stretches his talents further with ‘Rising Star’

 
 
Musician Josh Groban attends Variety Power Of Women: New York presented by FYI at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 25, 2014 in New York City.
Musician Josh Groban attends Variety Power Of Women: New York presented by FYI at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 25, 2014 in New York City.
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Josh Groban admits he was hesitant to show that he was more than a guy with a big voice who could perform sweeping ballads.

“For so much of my career I think I was a little bit protective of the brand or the image of the voice,” he said in a recent interview with the Associated Press. “And that’s half of me. But I think I’ve been less afraid to let my freak flag fly a little bit — it has waved gloriously in the wind — and it’s been fun.”

Groban, 33, has shown his quick wit and easygoing personality on social media and as a guest host on Live With Kelly!

“I scoffed at Twitter when it first started. I was like, ‘Oh god, this is … not what I do,’ ” he said. “I was having a high-and-mighty thing about it, and then I started doing it and I realized that I could send a tweet like I send a text, and every time I make my friends laugh, and they’d go, ‘Man, nobody knows how funny you are.’ 

Now he realizes “we’re not all one thing.”

Groban credits late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel for recognizing his comedic abilities.

“People like [him] have been unbelievable to me in giving me skits and funny sketches to do when nobody else was giving me couch time because they just assumed with my style of music, I wouldn’t have a personality,” he said.

Now Groban’s stepping further outside his comfort zone as host of ABC’s new singing competition series, Rising Star, with Brad Paisley, Kesha and Ludacris (Sundays, 9 p.m.). The show has an interactive element by allowing real-time viewing.

Groban understands some people feel the market is too saturated with music competitions, but hopes they'll give it a shot. “Now if people are just sick of the genre, I would say … give it a chance. … Give it a shot. Watch it. Hopefully, we’ll keep you around.”

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