Enlisting the habitually outrageous LMFAO to host Sunday evening’s Much Music Video Awards seemed a match in lawless live TV heaven.
The show, once a recklessly raucous bash with a boozy amateurishness that left the sense that anything could happen, has in recent years offered a tamer, more organized show, one hosted by the family-friendly likes of Selena Gomez and the Jonas Brothers.
Well, LMFAO’s Redfoo says their stint will also be fairly predictable. He just might have a different definition of “predictable” than you do.
“We’re going to just bring what we bring ... it’s funny, because it’s very predictable to us,” the irreverent party-popper said during a recent telephone chat.
“Because we’re the party kings, you know? I mean, every night I’m [stripping down] to a Speedo at my show and [riding] an inflatable zebra. That’s normal to me.
“So if that’s something that we do on the show or things like that, then that might be unpredictable for TV or for that [show], but to me, I feel at home.”
The animal-printed duo behind the No. 1 singles Party Rock Anthem and Sexy and I Know It is just one piece of this year’s MMVAs puzzle, with the pair – which also includes SkyBlu – presiding over a show that will feature performances from Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida and 18-year-old teen-pop sensation Justin Bieber.
Marianas Trench leads with seven nominations going into the show – held as always outside MuchMusic headquarters on Toronto’s Queen Street West – while Toronto rapper Drake and Abbotsford, B.C., pop outfit Hedley are next with five nominations apiece.
While Redfoo admits to never having watched the MuchMusic Video Awards before – “I don’t even have a TV,” says the 36-year-old – he’s plenty familiar with much of the talent set to shimmy across the stage.
He calls Bieber, for instance, “highly intelligent.”
“He is a party animal,” said Redfoo, whose real name is Stefan Gordy. “He comes out sometimes to our DJ sets, and he just starts shuffling. He’s ready. He just jumps in the circle. If they’re dancing, he’s going to dance. He comes up next to me in the DJ booth, he’s right there putting his hands up.
“He’s just one of those people that, when the cameras are on, he just turns on – a ham, if you will.”
He has even more positive praise for the latest Canadian breakout pop star, Carly Rae Jepsen of Call Me Maybe fame, who will also perform.
“I love her vibe, her attitude, her voice,” he said. “[She] reminds me of the ‘80s.... She’s just a cute girl. Her voice is cute. The melody that she’s singing in is cute. The way she walks is just cute. The word ‘cute.’ You know what I mean? I like that. There’s no artist right now that is like her, that sings and sounds cute.”
And as for soon-to-be-divorced pop bombshell Katy Perry, also on Sunday’s bill?
“She’s hot, and she’s single, from what I understand?”
While he wouldn’t reveal LMFAO’s performance plans other than to say they would be doing songs they hadn’t played on TV before – “I probably shouldn’t say too much, to keep it magical” – Redfoo was a bit more serious when discussing the pair’s prominence in Canada.
Their early singles ascended higher on the charts north of the border than the duo’s own United States, and their sophomore album Sorry for Party Rocking has reached double platinum sales here compared with its gold certification Stateside.
“We kept on getting booked out there ... and the kids are crazy, they just love the stuff, so it became our favourite place to go,” he said, pointing out that the lower drinking age in Canada relative to the U.S. might have contributed to the group’s success.
“It seems like everybody got the stuff we were doing out there earlier.... So me and Sky thought, maybe Canada – maybe we’re their excuse to let loose. We built this world where it was safe to get crazy in. It was a safe zone for party animals. You know, no dudes were wearing animal print before, we just started wearing animal print and fun colours on our clothes at a time a lot of the [pop music] was hard, a lot of the stuff was hip-hop based.
“It’s this world that I think the Canadians love.”