By now, you’ve heard the good news that the lovely Selena Gomez will be MTV’s black-carpet bestie at the upcoming Video Music Awards: co-hosting our live, special pre-show segment and schmoozing it up with the stars we love.
But before the big night rolls around, it’s important to make sure she’s prepared…and because the Hollywood Crush staff have been around the VMA block a time or two—and because, when it comes to the habits of highly effective pre-show hosts, we know all the things—we’re offering Selena a little of our own expert advice on how to avoid five common on-camera blunders! Because when it’s live and anything can happen, you should absolutely not, under any circumstances, break the following rules:
+ Don’t push the fashion envelope too far. How far is too far? Let’s just put it this way: if a pair of buttock-baring leather chaps are involved, you’ve officially overstepped.
+ Don’t pick your nose. Picking your nose at the VMA pre-show is strictly verboten…actually, scratch that, picking ANYTHING is a total no-go. Your nose, your ears, your wedgie? Leave ‘em all unpicked, or suffer the consequences.
+ Don’t bring a live badger onto the black carpet. Only Lady Gaga is allowed to do this, and only if she is wearing it as a hat.
+ Don’t touch Justin Bieber. Lovestruck fans of the Biebs are known for turning violent at the mere suggestion of competition from another lady. So, for your own safety, leave his Biebness un-groped.
+ Don’t be nervous. If you’re nervous, everyone will know, and the cameras will start rolling, and video clips of your anxious stuttering will garner millions of hits on YouTube, and the entire world will laugh at you. FOREVER. No pressure, though!
…Of course, Selena isn’t the first Hollywood starlet to help us out with VMA coverage—Ashley Greene and Taylor Swift have walked the red carpet as MTV VMA Fashion Correspondents in years past, with spectacular results. And if our pretty pre-show co-host needs some more specific (or, um, more useful) advice on how to handle her duties, she can always check out their performances… or even get some advice straight from Taylor, circa 2009.
Who would you ask for advice on VMA hosting? And what advice would you give Selena?