Hanging with Usher ahead of his X Factor performance

Posted by Dean Piper On October 10th, 2010

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It was lovely catching up with Usher yesterday ahead of his X Factor performance tonight. The star told me he was thrilled to be performing – but glad he’s not on a judging panel alongside Cowell et all.

The OMG singer told me: “I never get nerves. Ever. Apart from the awards shows so X Factor will be perfect and fun. I don’t want to be on a panel like that where I need to judge somebody. I love touring and introducing a new artist through that but I don’t want to be in charge of somebody’s future on a TV show.”

The star also said preparations have been made for his UK tour in January so his kids, Usher, two, and 21-month-old Naviyd (with his estranged wife Tameka Foster), can hit the road with daddy! “This is the first time I’ve been on tour with the kids,” he revealed. “I’ve got a bus that’s very comfortable and with the toys etc. Taking kids on the road is certainly going to be interesting!”

But he doesn’t know as yet whether his UK hit Pop Ya Collar will feature in the set. He added: “Some classic choreography stuff. I’m battling with Pop Ya Collar though. It’s a huge song in the UK but wasn’t a hit out in the States. So I’m trying to work out if we can do it justice on the tour just for the UK.” Fingers crossed! Tickets are available for Usher’s tour now…..

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