NPH on "Idol" and "The Emmys"

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"Entertainment Weekly" recently interviewed stage and TV star, magician and Tony Awards host Neil Patrick Harris and has posted to its website a few choice excerpts from a forthcoming magazine feature. The "How I Met Your Mother" star talked about his experience as a guest judge for a round of "American Idol" auditions as well his upcoming gig as host (and co-producer) of the Emmy Awards on Sept. 20, confirming that he will "probably" sing at some point in the telecast.

Here are a couple of quotes from the actor, who appeared most recently on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Assassins:

On "Idol" auditioners who can't sing:

They know the caustic judgment. And then they come out and they sing and they’re terrible. And they seriously think that they’re talented. They must be told that they’re terrible. They don’t need to be embarrassed. I would never tell someone that they’re ugly, or that they should be ashamed of themselves. But it’s now time for the family that’s always told them that they’re the best singer and that they could win it — it’s time to let them know that they should probably not audition for this show anymore. And I had no problem being the guy to say that.

On musical numbers during the "Emmy" telecast:

I love the "So You Think You Can Dance" show. I  love it. I think it’s some of the best hours on TV. I think those dancers are extraordinary and, more so, I think those choreographers are uniformly amazing. So I pitched bringing back some sort of dance element to the awards show, which had been done away with because it seemed tepid...And so I got two of who I think are the best choreographers on "SYTYCD" — Tabitha and Napoleon – to be involved in some movement elements. 

Read the EW interview excerpt here.

Here's another look at his celebrated closing number from this year's Tony Awards (lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman):

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