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Co-host Scott Willats reveals his fave MMVA memory and how to deal with nerves

Scott Willats

When Kendall and Kylie Jenner hit the MMVA stage for the first time this Sunday, they’ll have two seasoned pros beside them. Co-hosts Lauren Toyota and Scott Willats will be joining the famous Jenner siblings for all the MMVA action, and for second-time co-host Scott Willats, that means a whole lot of energy.

We talked to the Much VJ about his favourite MMVA memories, how he prepares for the biggest night of the year, and who he’s most looking forward to seeing on Sunday’s show.

What do you remember the most about your first MMVAs?

Considering it was only last year I remember pretty much everything about it! There was so much attention to detail and you realize how big of a production it is. As a host, there is a moment during the weekend where you sit back in awe of what you’re a part of. It’s truly larger than life.

I think there were two moments that really stand out for me. The first time you step onto the red carpet with the hundreds of fans screaming your name and all the press asking you questions, there is a surreal feeling that gives you butterflies. Without sounding corny, it’s one of those moments where you reflect on how long it took you to get to where you’re at and how truly blessed and lucky you are.

The other moment for me was opening the show. I’ll be honest with you, I was terrified of falling down those steps, but as soon as I hit the stage it was a probably the most excited I’ve ever been. The crowd was nuts, Down With Webster and Psy set up the perfect opening for me and I felt confident in what I was doing. It was truly one of my proudest moments. I can’t wait to do it again!

How do you prepare for co-hosting duties?

In terms of content, as I mentioned earlier, there is so much attention to detail that there isn’t much for you to worry about. You’re in good hands over here and everybody has one goal, and that’s make the show the best it can be, so you don’t have to worry about much. For me, I’m just about being present and living in the moment. With all the press, interviews and shows I do before the MMVAs, I just want to make sure I take it all in, instead of looking ahead. It helps you enjoy this time of the year a little more when you approach it in that manner.

What does your MMVA weekend look like?

Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! That’s all the VJ’s do over the course of the weekend. If I can sneak in a quick party here or there, I’ll do it. But to be honest, I don’t go out much until after the show on Sunday and well, ya, you can imagine how that night turns out. Wink.

How early do you begin memorizing your script?

We get the script the Tuesday before and from Wednesday on you’re expected to have it memorized. Nobody is going to give you a hard time if it’s not known verbatim, but as a host you want to make sure everyone has the utmost confidence in you, so it’s our duty to prove that to everyone. One way to do that is to make sure you know it inside and out. It’s really not that hard to memorize the script because every ‘throw’ you do is exciting, so it naturally sticks with you.

How do you deal with nerves on the big night?

Tequilla!!! I kid, I kid, of course. What I did last year was try to channel my nervous energy and put it into positive excitement. Plus, if you’re not nervous then something is seriously wrong with you. This is one of the biggest nights of your career, so enjoy it. And don’t mess up!

Who are you most excited to see this year?

I’m a huge fan of The Weeknd, so having him as a presenter is dope. I’m really excited to see Imagine Dragons and Lorde, since they are both coming off phenomenal years. It will be cool to see Kendall and Kylie co-host and I think they’re going to do great. And then of course Ariana Grande. I can’t wait to hear her live! I’ve heard nothing but great things about her performance.

What is your most memorable or favourite moment from the MMVAs?

As a fan there are two. IllScarlett’s 2008 performance on the roof was epic. If you know me then you know I am very proud to be from Mississauga and seeing these guys from my hometown make it to the big show was incredible. I was very proud. Kanye’s performance back in 2004 was pretty special too. His stage presence was second to none and seeing a very young John Legend on piano was dope.

As a VJ, probably doing a throw with Billy Talent, who of course are also from Mississauga. Little moments like that mean a lot to me. Plus Ben and Ian are stand up guys.