LOS ANGELES (AP) _ For six years Quddus was about the coolest guy on television, hanging with the likes of Will Smith, Usher and Kanye West and talking music as the popular, hunky host of MTV's "Total Request Live."
Now, he says, it's time to put aside all talk and walk the walk — or dance the dance.
Beginning this weekend, he'll host a new children's show, "Dance on Sunset," which is filmed before a live audience at the Nickelodeon Studios on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. After a Saturday night debut at 9:30 following the Kids Choice Awards, the show will air weekly at 8:30 p.m. Sundays on Nickelodeon.
"It's a little bit different insofar as the vibe is a whole lot more about fun. Nothing but fun and a good time," Quddus Philippe says of his new gig. "At MTV, the emphasis was more on being cool."
But can the 27-year-old ex-VJ dance?
"I dance at the clubs. I have a good time," he says, evasively.
So will he dance on the show?
"I'm not afraid of that," Quddus adds, laughing. "The production guys might be afraid of that. But I think my dancing might make a good comedic piece, if nothing else."
And anyway, he says, the new show, in which participants at home and in the studio will be taught the latest moves, "is not about being the best dancer."
"It's about doing your thing and enjoying the music and being part of a party," he says.
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