Nick Cannon Shoots Talent Promo at White House
By Sentinel News Service
Published June 25, 2009

                                                         Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon, also known as “Mr. Mariah Carey,” was in Washington last week filming a promo spot for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” which begins its fourth season tonight with the entertainer as its new host.

The 28-year-old actor/rapper/producer/DJ said he didn’t get a chance to see the president during the June 16 shoot – his first ever visit to the White House – but he’s met Barack Obama several times during the campaign and served as a DJ for one of his official inauguration balls.

When asked if Obama’s got talent, he told, “Definitely. We know he’s a wonderful leader, and we know he’s nice in basketball. I’ve seen him dance on inauguration night, so he’s got quite a few talents.”

But would his talents impress judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan? “Compared to some of the people we have on there, he’d probably win,” Cannon said.

During downtime at the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. set, Cannon was treated to a tour of the White House, including FDR’s old pool and the press corps’ break room. “I thought it would be bigger,” he said.

Ironically, he ended up interfering with official press corps business. While in the midst of shooting the “Talent” promo on Pebble Beach (the nickname for the North Lawn area that is covered with gravel, where TV correspondents do their stand-up shots with the White House in the background), a motorcade carrying President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea moved up the North driveway and into his shot as it headed toward the front door of the West Wing.

“Talent is taking over the world,” Cannon said into the camera, unaware that Myung-bak was taking over his shot.

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