TheInsider.com: The Next doesn’t put any of the decision in your hands, did not having to be “the bad guy” play into your decision to do the show?
Joe Jonas: I’ll be real, I’m happy that I’m not voting on any of the artists [laughs]. It’s a scary situation to be in a room surrounded by their friends and family and are the one making the final decision. I got a sampling of that, being on American Idol for one episode. There are times you have to be real with people because you want these artists to understand if they were good or not. It can be difficult because you feel bad if they’re young and new to this, but I remember being young and preferring tough constructive criticism than finding out the person wasn’t being honest. The music industry is tough, and it’s nice to mentor these artists, but there’s a lot of good talent out there, so it’s only going to get tougher and tougher.
Insider.com: What do you think the advantage is to not having typical audition rounds?
Joe: Well, first, it’s fun because we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We surprise the artists and have 72 hours to work with them. A lot of these shows, you have an artist get on stage, say “Hey” and sing a song without knowing anything about them. You don’t know what inspired them to sing that song or why they want to be a professional musician, so this is a really cool way to go about it.
Insider.com: Plus, you move in with them, so there’s a non-competition reality show element to it as well.
Joe: Yea, I think it’s going to bring a lot of reality show fans into the audience. It’s a good energy show – we don’t try to make it too competitive. We’re not “The Greatest Competition Show on Earth.” We want to have fun and give these artists as much info as we can in as short an amount of time to see what they come up with.
Insider.com: What city does the show go to tonight?
Joe: We go to Baltimore tonight and I’m pretty excited about it. My artist is really talented and I think people are going to be so surprised with his backstory, it’s very similar to mine. I hope people enjoy and really fall in love with this show.
Insider.com: What does this show mean for your solo music?
Joe: I really am all about The Jonas Brothers music again. That’s kind of my focus right now. I’m excited to put 100 percent back into that and focus on that. The solo stuff will come when the time is right, but right now, I’m looking forward to the show. We’re going to be doing some shows outside of The U.S. and we’ll be coming back to do another big tour … hopefully.
Insider.com: What can you say about the new music? How has the band’s sound evolved?
Joe: It’s evolved a lot. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to make this the greatest record yet and I really feel like we’re getting there. The music is really different. I mean, it’s been three years since we’ve made music together, so we’ve had lots of time to evolve and go through different things to make us who we are now. We’ve been in the studio for the last few months, so you can expect new music in the next few weeks.
Insider.com: What kind of reactions have you been getting to the reunion news?
Joe: I’ve been talking to fans and they’re hungry for The Jonas Brothers again, I feel like there’s always people out there who want to hear new music and we can’t wait to give it to them!