“It just sounded fun, so I researched it,” Hutson said in a phone interview with the Hamilton JournalNews. “I never went to school for broadcasting.”
He was hired and stayed with Carnival for about five years, having made his way up to cruise director at the age of 24. While in that position, a San Antonio television show producer approached him about guest hosting on “Great Day S.A.”
Hutson said that’s when “the lucky star sort of fell.” About a month later, the same producer invited Hutson to audition to host permanently.
He was awarded the gig and his co-host at the time was Kristina Guerrero, who is now on "E! News." More than a year later, Hutson became host of "American Idol Experience," a live stage version of the hit Fox show "American Idol" on stage at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
“The stage is a replica of the stage from Season 7,” Hutson said of the Orlando site, where he’ll return after his stint in Nashville.
The winners of “Experience” get a dream ticket straight to the front of the line for “American Idol” auditions.
Hutson said it’s an honor to be from Hamilton and he strives to positively represent his hometown.
“I’m proud to be from there,” he said.