Brett Eldredge is not only preparing for the September 11 release of his sophomore album, Illinois, he’s also gearing up for a very important new job.
Eldredge is one of seven judges on the panel for the 2016 Miss American Competition. Eldredge, who calls the gig a “boy’s dream,” is really looking forward to participating. So what category is he most excited to judge?
“Swimsuit is obviously a great category but the talent part says a lot about a person,” the singer tells People. “Everybody in the whole world has a certain talent. I grew up being in talent shows and I always loved them, so I think that will be my favorite part – seeing what each woman brings to the table.”
It’s clear that the 29-year-old has a lot of home state pride (he named his album Illinois after-all!), but he insists he will not be partial to Miss Illinois.
“I do love where I come from, but people will be watching me, thinking, ‘Oh, he just likes that girl because she’s from Illinois.’ Well if she’s awesome, if she’s talented, if she’s bright, if she’s got it together, then I’ll give her my vote,” he promises. “I want to be the best judge possible – if she’s great then maybe I’ll help send her to the top, but everybody’s fair game here!”
Fans can tune in to watch Eldredge and the 52 talented ladies who are representing their home states and territories on Sunday, September 13 on ABC.