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Carnie Wilson On Being Karaoke Judge, Comeback On Bridesmaids & Memories Of Father, Brian Wilson

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Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Being the daughter of famous parents — [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beach Boys[/lastfm] member Brian Wilson and Marilyn Rovell of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Honeys[/lastfm] — singer Carnie Wilson seemed destined for stardom from the beginning. Part of the ’90s pop trio [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Wilson Phillips[/lastfm] with sister Wendy and Chynna Phillips (daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Mamas & the Papas[/lastfm]), she’s seen chart success with their number one single “Hold On” in 1990.

Recently being thrown back into the spotlight with a short cameo in the hit comedy Bridesmaids, Carnie joined us this morning to talk about her recent stint on film and scoring her new gig as a judge on the ABC show Karaoke Battle U.S.A., plus reminisces about her first memories as a child of her father Brian Wilson.

You might remember the hit debut single “Hold On” from Carnie Wilson’s group Wilson Phillips, which had a recent resurgence in the movie Bridesmaids. Now enjoying her time back in the spotlight, Carnie can now be seen as a judge on the new show Karaoke Battle U.S.A. on Friday nights at 9 on ABC, with acts who constantly surprise her.

“There’s a few shockers,” said Carnie. “I found there’s some outrageous people in terms of how they dress, or if they’re doing Lady Gaga and went cuckoo with the makeup and stuff.”

In addition to her new judging post on the show, Carnie is back on tour and in the studio with Wilson Phillips working on their 5th album, which will include hits from both the Beach Boys and the Mamas & the Papas as homage to their parents.

Wilson Phillips is also performing this Friday, August 19th at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, where you can catch all the trio’s famous hits! For tickets and more information on the show, click here.

Gary spoke with Carnie this morning to hear more about her current projects and ask about her first memory she has as a child. Listen to the entire interview below to hear her favorite memories of her dad, Brian Wilson!

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