He’s right. All the celebrity judges have to do is sit there, hit a button and offer up their critiques. It’s Cannon who has to deal with the contestants — some so out there they can see the backside of the moon — whether they have advanced or been eliminated. Cannon’s always been eager to interact with the contestants but on this season, he’s doing even more. On one episode he disguised himself as a mime and faced the unaware judges.
“I kind of empathize with a lot of the acts. I’m a cheerleader on the side of the stage. Whatever I can do to make them feel comfortable. They ask me, ‘Can I bring this out? Can you help me?’ I’m there. I never tell an act no,” Cannon says. “Sometimes I should tell the acts no, but I don’t.”
The performer in Cannon has sparked him to go out on the stage when it looks like a contestant is having troubles. He feels compassion for those contestants because many of them have never been in front of a live audience, been on TV or faced a group of celebrity judges.
“So I try to lighten the moment a little bit and go out there, let them know it’s not the end of the world,” Cannon adds, “It’s a little weird because it’s like their personality’s kind of quirky, but you don’t want to make fun of them, but you also want to have fun with them. I think I do a pretty good job of getting out there”