E!: There are lots of singing competitions on the market the place individuals are singing different folks’s songs. What’s it like singing an authentic tune?
UG: It means quite a bit, as a result of it is our artwork. All people’s performing what they wrote, what they put collectively themselves. It is coming from their coronary heart, so it is superb to place your artwork into the world and present all people your expertise. The platform in itself is simply superb alone. It is nationwide TV; [there’s] nothing higher than [getting] your authentic tune on nationwide TV in entrance of the world. You’ll be able to’t beat that.
E!: These performances look extra like one thing you’d see on the Billboard Music Awards or the Grammys.
UG: It is superb. It is surreal to take a look at it and watch it as a result of that is one thing you dream of as an artist, with the ability to create your individual stage, have you ever inform your imaginative and prescient to someone after which carry it to life. That is what they did. Actually, every little thing I informed them, every little thing I wished, they made occur.
E!: So this was greater than writing and performing the tune, that is your artistic imaginative and prescient of what you need to see?
UG: Sure. I informed [executive producer Anders Lenhoff] what I envisioned and so they put it collectively. So loopy with the lighting and the coloring and it is precisely what I requested for, dancers, every little thing. Each little factor you noticed, I requested for it and so they offered.
E!: Now that you have seen your rehearsal, how excited are you for the present to debut?
UG: I am so excited for it…We’re going all out.
E!: How do you need to signify Indiana, your private home state?
UG: Our good power, our rhythm, our vibe. Indiana is a good place, it has good power, nice folks. We love the folks in the long run and we need to signify them in one of the simplest ways.