'Duets': Robin Thicke singing a less-confident tune in front of the camera

robin-thicke-getty.jpg Robin Thicke may play the sexpot role well, but the handsome soul singer says his personal anxieties can be wearing, especially now that he's about to become a TV star.

"Being in front of a camera makes you so sensitive, and insecure, and you know, an alcoholic," jokes the 35-year-old musician with Zap2It at a press conference for his new show "Duets" on Thursday (May 17). "It's so hard not to want to drink at the end of these days sometimes."

The new ABC music competition series, debuting May 24, pairs star recording artists Thicke, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles, along with two undiscovered talents of their choice in a battle to give the best performance as a duo. Thicke joined the show initially for "selfish" reasons, feeling it was an opportunity to bridge his more soul-centric music onto pop radio, but later found it was also a chance to build aspiring careers and broaden his self-determination.

"It's almost like a new beginning," explains the singer. "I was this brooding artist that took myself too seriously. I always wanted to be compared to the greatest of all time. I would write and produce my own music because I wanted it to come straight from the heart. And a show like this, it really makes you get over yourself real quickly. You realize they're going to get see all of you: how you perform, how you respond, how you respond to failure."

He adds, "Most of the time, in the entertainment industry, if you fail in this business you can run home and no one has to see how you react."

Though he grew up in an industry household (his father is Canadian actor Alan Thicke), the R&B crooner admits the road hasn't been paved for him despite his familial links. And he aims to encourage his partners to keep pushing at all costs.

"I was 10-12 years in the business before I had anything on the radio, so I have so much appreciation for people who keep fighting and never give up because I've been knocked down, and dropped from labels," Thicke says.

Asked about his 2-year-old son's future foray into the business, he says he'd be happy to encourage it, "as long as he's a great human being and makes enough money to buy daddy a house."
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