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Usher talks about Discovery’s new nature program Hello World!

Usher behind the microphone for Discovery's Hello World!
Usher behind the microphone for Discovery’s Hello World!. Pic credit: Discovery

One of the coolest and most offbeat shows of the summer is without doubt Discovery’s upcoming Hello World!, which starts on Saturday.

The first episode of the six-part series features Usher as he talks about how he’s inspired by nature and also reveals what his favorite animal is.

The show takes on the nature documentary with a completely new angle, combining insight from some of the world’s biggest stars of the music world with incredible footage of animals in the wild.

Hello World! also features Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Dave Matthews, Joan Jett and Steven Tyler. Each episode also centers on a song from each artist, using it as a soundtrack to the stories about the animals featured.

Asked why he got involved, Usher joked: “More than anything I just really wanted to be cool to my kids.”

But he added that there were more serious reasons too. He said: “I love the idea of exploring and finding new species in the rainforest. And I love the ability to educate. Kids need to have those things where they can celebrate the unique nature of an animal because it actually helps them appreciate who they are.”

The Usher episode features his song Stronger as the centerpiece track. But what’s his favorite animal?

Check out this behind-the-scenes footage from Hello World! featuring Usher below to find out.

Behind the Scenes starts on Saturday July 9 at 8/7c on Discovery with the episode featuring Usher, followed immediately after by the episode featuring Christina Aguilera and her song Light up the Sky.