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 [article id="1631085"]solo album he put out last year[/article]. "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 [article id="1654245"]Greyson Chance[/article], 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!