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America's Got Talent Interviewby Pattye Grippo    

This is an interview with Sharon Osbourne on June 6, 2011 about the show America's Got Talent.

Sharon Osbourne

Question:
Piers Morgan in an interview recently said that he felt that you were a much harder judge this season than in some of the past years. Do you agree with that? And do you think that might be because of the fact that you've seen so many different styles of acts before in the past?

Sharon Osbourne:
I think probably I am definitely harder than I've been in previous years. And I'm actually comfortable in that position that I'm in right now of being a little more judgmental and not so tolerant and really making it about the talent and not about somebody's life story.

Question:
When it comes to a musical act, are you stricter with your criticism and what your expectations are based on your music background? And who would you say is the most talented of all the bands that your husband's toured with?

Sharon Osbourne:
When it comes to music, I guess I am a lot stricter. I do require that they have to be at a certain level to be taken seriously. And of all the bands that have opened for my husband, my favorite and the one I'm most proud of is Metallica.

Question:
Given so much attention last year surrounding Michael Grimm and Jackie Evancho, what type of impact do you think they had on this season?

Sharon Osbourne:
A lot because you strive to get better and better. And their level of professionalism was very, very high. So you don't want to go down from that level. You want to go above that level. So, yes, it sets the bar very high.

Question:
What is the hardest thing about being a judge?

Sharon Osbourne:
There is more that goes along with being a judge because everybody's got a dream and you don't want to destroy somebody's dream. You don't want to humiliate them publicly. But then, at the same time too, you don't want to give somebody false hope. But you don't want to destroy somebody either, you know. And dreams keep a lot of people going. And you try not to destroy people at that point.

Question:
Between your work with America's Got Talent and The Talk and the music industry and writing, how do you keep everything balanced?

Sharon Osbourne:
I don't. I mess up on a lot of things. You know, you think that you can handle it all. And you can't. Certain things fall through. And I'm going to have to review my next year because I definitely packed it too tight this year. You can't do it all at the same level. Something has to suffer.

Question:
Do you have any special diet or secrets on that?

Sharon Osbourne:
Oh my God, no. God, I wish I did. You know, overweight - 25 pounds overweight. Don't work out - had a great surgeon. And, I suppose the face has lasted pretty good. That's it. But I don't have any secrets at all.

Question:
You have done so much in your life. What else is there that you would like to accomplish or pursue?

Sharon Osbourne:
I think to be a better person. I think I'm in work in progress. But I try to be a better person. As far as my personal goals in life, I've reached them all. I never wanted to be the head of a huge organization. I never wanted to be number one at everything. But I've had amazing life experiences, amazing opportunities. I've been blessed personally. But I strive to be a better person.

Question:
There's a British invasion on TV with you, Nigel, Simon, Piers. What is your next conquest? And were you satisfied with Martin's work on your apartment?

Sharon Osbourne:
There is a kind of British invasion here. I think it happens every decade. But I just think that Americans just love English accents. That's all it is. But - and I think that America, for English people, has always been the ultimate goal to any entertainer is to make it in America. Many come over and try and make it. And many go home again. But I'm blessed that I'm in the lot that has made some sort of dent here. And I love this Country. I don't ever want to go back to live in England. My home is here. I love the Country. And as far as Martin Lawrence Ballard, the Interior Designer, he's quite fabulous. And, especially as a person, he's a very, very good friend of mine.

Question:
With so many talent shows on the air, what type of impact do you think they're having on young people in terms of hope and opportunity?

Sharon Osbourne:
I was talking about this morning because I listened to this speech from MTV yesterday. I've forgotten her name, the brilliant little actress. Help me out here. She won for best actress. Reese Witherspoon. When she accepted her award, she said something which is so true that you can make it. You can be a success without making a sex tape or without being in a reality show. It's really about talent. And it's about knowing your craft and learning your craft and determination.

And I admire her so much. And when she gave her speech, I was like right on because, you know what, it's all about talent. And I think that a lot of people might make it through reality shows in the short term. It's - you get there very quickly. If you're successful in a reality show, you get that quickly. But ultimately you have a short career. It doesn't last long. You have your five minutes, as Andy Warhol would say.

Question:
Being one of the most sane person on the show, if you had to live with either Piers, Howie or Nick, who would you pick and why?

Sharon Osbourne:
That's a hard question. It really is a hard question. Nick is a great catch but I think Mariah would beat the shit out of me. So that wouldn't work. And, Piers is funny, funny, funny and, you know - that dry sense of humor. But his wife's pregnant right now. So I wouldn't want to upset her by moving in. And Howie, he wouldn't want to touch me so that wouldn't be fun. So I'd probably stick to my husband.

Question:
You spoke about reality shows briefly. Do you have any ideas for any new reality shows? Or do you plan on starring in anymore?

Sharon Osbourne:
No. It was great to be the first one. It was great to be the one. And you could never go back. You know, I was there at the beginning of it all and made a mark. And that's enough for me.

Question:
When you heard you were going to be sharing judging with Howie Mandel, did you have any thoughts on him or working with him?

Sharon Osbourne:
I know Howie because he's my neighbor. And he's just the funniest, naughtiest guy that I've met in years. And it just made me so happy when it was announced he was doing the show. We literally live next door to each other.

Question:
How does judging on America's Got Talent compare to the many other shows you've done. You've been on things like The Celebrity Apprentice, The Talk, X Factor. They're all very different shows. What's the difference for you?

Sharon Osbourne:
The difference is and the thing that I love about America's Got Talent is that it's not just singing. And so it's - the element of surprise is still there for me because you never know what somebody is going to do, the next act when they're coming on to audition. And that's what I love. You just don't get one singer after another because I think it can be a bit monotonous.

Question:
With all the competition shows that are out there now, what is it about America's Got Talent that continues to set it apart from the others?

Sharon Osbourne:
It's not just about singing. You know, how many times can you hear another rendition of Hallelujah or Hero? It's refreshing in the fact that you can hear a little girl that sings like an angel with an unbelievable operatic voice. And then you can have the best drag queen in the world. All on the same show. And it just shakes it up a bit. And that's what makes us different from every other talent show. You know, you can see somebody on a bike jumping across bloody makeshift bridges on the stage. And then you'll see somebody flying on a trapeze. So you're never bored with it because there's always something different. The next act is totally different genre than the one you've seen before.

Question:
Could you compare the level of talent you're seeing in the auditions this season versus seasons past?

Sharon Osbourne:
I think for our show each season gets better and better. And it's - of course, I'm going to say the show is better this year than ever because I'm on it. I'm not going to put down the show I'm on. But truthfully, it really is packed with an unbelievable array of talent in all different genres of art. It's amazing. And I'm so proud to be a part of the show. Last year, I think the show was spectacular. And this year it's just as good.

Question:
Which act or contestant inspired you the most out of all six seasons?

Sharon Osbourne:
Three seasons now. We had a lady opera singer who had survived cancer and chemotherapy. And she had her dream of wanting to sing. Barbara, her name is. And she did it. She actually came, I think, second or third three seasons ago. And I just thought that she was a great inspiration for everyone that's got a dream.

Question:
Having raised three children of yourself, you've sort of seem to have taken on that role on the show, especially with the little adorable contestant, like those three little boys that were on the opening night. Is that how you see yourself? Do you, sort of, see yourself as the mother hen of the show?

Sharon Osbourne:
I suppose so because I am the oldest. I think it's something that comes with age. So I'll gladly take on that title. When the younger contestants are on, it takes so much courage to get up there and perform anyway let alone when you've got really young kids doing it. And I always think oh my God, if that was my kid out there, how would I want them treated by a judge? So I always think of them as being my kids. And so you have to be very, very careful when it comes to kids.

Question:
Will we see you on the Beverly Hills Housewives?

Sharon Osbourne:
Oh God, you'll never see me on the Beverly Hills Housewives because I never have been a housewife, ever. So I have always worked. From the age of 15, I have always worked. And I've never been a woman that spends her day deciding am I going to go for a facial or a pedicure and that is the amount of your day. So that's not me.

Question:
How has being a cancer survivor changed your life?

Sharon Osbourne:
It did change my life because it stopped me from being so selfish in thinking that the business that I work in is the most important thing in the world because it is not. And in the big picture, it's just a little grain of sand. And when you work with amazing people that dedicate their lives to saving others, it makes you realize that we're very unimportant when there are people with doctors and nurses that just dedicate their whole lives to helping other people. So it makes you feel very small.

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