Grimes confesses to experiencing huge stage fright in advance of new Alter Ego TV show

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      This may come as a surprise to some Vancouver residents who've followed the rise of Grimes, a.k.a. Claire Boucher, to international fame.

      In a pooled interview with journalists in advance of the release of a new TV show, Alter Ego, the Vancouver-born and -raised musician and producer admitted that she experiences "huge stage fright".

      "Because for me, I feel like I'm a writer and a producer and I love designing performances and stuff, but I just lose my—like, I just have really bad mental health effects from being a front person," Grimes said, according to an article on the FOX News website. "Like, I find it quite emotionally intense. And I think this show really represents, for a lot of people who might be more of a behind-the-scenes person, but who loves the idea of architecting a performance."

      Grimes is one of three judges, along with Nick Lachey and, on Alter Ego. It's a TV singing competition in which contestants will perform as digital avatars, which are described as "alter egos". The program will be hosted by Rocsi Diaz and will be launched over two nights on FOX on September 22 and 23.

      "To a lot of the contestants, I think the show sort of represented a lot of that opportunity of like, ‘OK, we don't need to be a super-confident, always good on camera, always happy to perform, you know, without anxiety, without having to evaluate about how you look'," Grimes told the journalists.

      She added that this offers benefits for women, in particular.

      Earlier this summer, Grimes revealed that the followup to her last album, Miss Anthropocene, will be a space opera about a lesbian romance involving two fully AI beings.