Who He Is: Benjamin "Quddus" Philippe is most famous for his tenure hosting MTV's Total Request Live, from 2001-2006. Since then, Quddus has gone on to serve as a correspondent on Access Hollywood, act on CW's Girlfriends, and host Nickelodeon's Dance On Sunset. He has also worked in A&R at My Space Records.
Gut Instinct: "I got a call one day from my manager, and he said the executives at ABC wanted to meet with me about the show. Right away, I knew that this was a special project. As soon as they explained to me the concept and the people involved I said yes."
Sizing Up the Superstars: "Each member of the superstar collective brings something completely different to the table. John Legend is like this earnest, almost God-like voice. He's like our musical Morgan Freeman. Kelly Clarkson is just like you think she is. She's so sweet, so bubbly and really cool. She's been there. She has a sensitivity for what the contestants are going through that's not to be understated. Robin Thicke is our wildcard. That boy is hilarious. He will say anything. He will do anything and it's natural. That's the way he is. He's technically an R&B star, but he's a rock star. He's already said some things where we're like, 'Huh?' America is going to really all in love with him. Jennifer Nettles is what rounds it out for me. She is so amazing – always with really thoughtful things to say. She's very funny at times and very in the moment."
Dream Come True: "As a person who has always been a part of music and facilitated music, it's just an honor to be a part of a collective of really amazing people and artists and a concept that really works."