Justin Bieber’s mentor, superstar singer Usher, thought some good came from the teenage heartthrob’s recent on-stage mishaps.
“We all have those things that happen, whether it’s falling on stage or having those moments,” said the artist, born Usher Raymond, in a phone interview on “The Ralphie Show.” “But you know what’s cool? That makes you human.”
Usher said there were times during his career where he ate something bad before taking the stage. Of course, the big difference now is that there are 20,000 people in the crowd who are all armed with Internet-ready cameras.
“That’s the craziest thing, ever,” he noted. “It’s weird, really. It’s like, ‘Did you come to the show to film it?’”
The performer is no stranger to cameras either – and he’ll be willingly in front of them next season as a coach on NBC’s “The Voice.” Despite reports to the contrary, Usher says his involvement thus far has been, “a really great fit.”
“We’ve actually been able to meet, greet, have a good time out in Los Angeles and the show’s gonna be incredible man,” he said of his vibe with fellow coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. “It’s a respectful place, a respectful vibe. I came in and had a good time. It’s been pleasant man.”
Usher is especially looking forward to coaching, mentoring, and showing America a different side to his personality.
“I think what they’ve done with the talent that they’ve coached… they go through the process of finding people who are at least at a place where they can either take constructive criticism or they be a part of the show and we really help make them the artist that they can be.”
Meanwhile for the Atlanta-based singer, he is continuing to diversify and build off a recording career that has spanned over 20 years and 65 million records sold worldwide. But while he is getting in to television and wouldn’t rule out a possible return to Broadway or off-Broadway, Usher is also trying to enjoy himself a little. He recently celebrated his 34th birthday in London.
“I had to get out a little bit, and had some friends and family at a club or something like that, and then on to the after spot,” he recalled. “We just had a good time.”
Usher would eventually elaborate a little more – noting that after a big birthday dinner, he linked up with Tom Cruise and a few other people for the night cap. But to put it in his context – the “major joint” would be the celebration for birthday number 35.