Josh Duhamel is hosting the Kids Choice Awards. (Jim Wright / Nickelodeon )
Josh Duhamel is showing off his comedic chops this weekend, taking on his silliest role yet: Hosting Nickelodeon's 26th Kids Choice Awards on Saturday at USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles.
He said he's doing it for his love of kids, which is fitting because he and wife Fergie, whom he married in 2009, revealed in February that they were expecting their first child. They made the baby announcement with a sweet photo on her Twitter, captioned: "Josh & Me & BABY makes three!!!
The show promos have the "Safe Haven" star being generously slimed by the signature goop -- a hallmark of the anything-goes event. He's also dressing up as pop phenoms Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, sitting in a slime-filled bathtub as the former and, as the latter, spraying liquid from a breast apparatus reminiscent of Perry's zany costumes.
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"This is as live as it gets. This is a high-wire act for me," he said.
However, the former model isn't totally new to the orange blimp-doling stage nor to working with Nickelodeon. He's done voice-overs for the animated show "Fanboy & Chum Chum" and appeared on the 2011 Kids Choice Awards in costume as Bieber.
That said, he warned us that this time, singing, dancing and rapping are involved.
What do you have in store for your hosting gig this weekend?
I was recording this ridiculous song for the opening of the show. I was acting as a recording artist today. Singing and rapping.
Oh man, you know, it's a been a lot of rehearsal. We shot the promo stuff about a month ago, which was really, really fun. It's been a lot of impersonations and dressing up as athletes and female pop stars, and boy-band heartthrobs. It's been kind of the best job ever just because this show is all about the kids and it's just time to party down with the kids. Anything goes and there's something that I love about that. You don't feel any pressure to be cool. There's no expectations of anything. You just can go up there and have fun and that's really what this show is about and why I'm having so much fun doing it.
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Is there anything you're hoping to achieve with your run as host? Do you want to do it again next year?
[Laughs] Yeah, I'm looking to host the Oscars next year. That's the next step. No, there's no goal. I was flattered when I got asked to do it just because there's been guys that have done it before me, and girls, that I really admire. When I first got the call, I jumped on board right away. And now it's go time. There's some nerves but at the same time I'm just really, really excited about it.
So, how does it feel to be slimed?
How does it feel to be slimed. Um, I don't know, you should come over and see.
Well, I don't know if I'm willing to go under the green. You're the one who signed up for this.
In-depth, in-the-trenches journalist. The only way to do that is to come and get slimed. I've been slimed a few times in the process and I will get slimed again this weekend. We've got some really cool stuff planned -- things that haven't been done before on the show. They're able to do the entire stadium, and it involves zip-lines and it involves giant amounts of slime and stunts and everything else. One of the reasons I got into this business is to have fun, and there's no more fun to be had than to do this show.
How many gallons of slime do they need to do the show?
It’s some crazy amount. It's tons and tons and thousands of gallons.
Word on the street is that you're planning to do a lot of impersonations and dancing on the show?
There's been a lot of dancing up to this point. There's a whole pre-recorded intro to the show that is sort of inspired by what Jack Black did a couple of years ago and Will Smith last year.
When they asked me to do the show, I said yes, let's go for it, anything goes. They took that literally and we've done anything beyond what I've ever expected I would do. But, you know, screw it. It's fun and I'm having a blast.