Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nick Jonas Is Looking For The Next Willow Smith

'If we can find a young person who's as passionate about music as I was then, we'll be in really good shape,' he says of Quaker Chewy Superstar Search.
By Jocelyn Vena

Nick Jonas
Photo: MTV News

NEW YORK — Wannabe pop stars between the ages of 8 and 14: Nick Jonas is looking for you. The youngest JoBro has teamed up with the Quaker Chewy Superstar Search, acting as a sort of talent scout.

"I think the qualities that I'm looking [for is] somebody that can really take the songs and make it their own," he told MTV News during a promotional event for the talent search, where he performed several songs from the solo album he put out last year. "It's gonna be interesting to see what kinds of video submissions we see and the talent we're looking at. I'm excited, 'cause if we can find a young person who's as passionate about music as I was then, we'll be in really good shape."

So what do you win if you're handpicked by Nick to be music's next superstar? Well, the chance to record a song produced by Jonas himself, an online music video, a contract with Jonas Group Management and $5,000 in cash.

"I think for this particular competition, I have to keep it in the mind-set of young artists at this moment, so I'd say, like, somebody with the overall star power and star qualities of Willow Smith, with the artistry of a Greyson Chance, who is really talented, and then — I'm trying to think," he said when asked what stars he'd love to combine to make the perfect superstar. When it was suggested someone like him, he laughed, "Like a really little Nick Jonas!"

At this point, Nick, now 18, is a music-biz vet, so he has some advice for the lucky newbie: "The overall thing is to enjoy every step of the journey, because it really is a journey and things are always changing," he said. "Enjoy that process, because it is a part of the growth."

What do you think Nick should look for in the next young artist? Let us know in the comments!

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