Snippets of interviews conducted by Susan Haverty of Preview and other family-friendly media with Three Wishes host Amy Grant.
Q: To what extent do you influence the selection of those to whom wishes are granted?
Amy: I don’t, and I’m so glad that I don’t. Covering a story can create a very helpless feeling - hoping the community will respond - discerning what a person is truly asking for in their wish. One woman asked for a complete body makeover but when I asked what she really wanted, her answer was that she wanted her husband to find her beautiful. The coach of a Little League ball team wished for his team to win a game, but when asked what he truly wanted, he said he wanted his kids to feel good about themselves.
Q: Will you be incorporating your music into the show?
Amy: NBC initially wanted it in the contract that I sing every show. I didn’t want that because I didn’t want Three Wishes to be a personal infomercial. However, the concert at the close of the week is the one thing everyone can come to that is free. The stage provides an opportunity to wrap up the last minute business in the community and finish up the show. And we’re getting to do something for the whole town. Someone may not have their specific wish granted, but at least they get a free show.
Q: How did you decide to get involved in this project?
Amy: My sole reason for doing Three Wishes is because of the concept. I don’t want to be a TV star.
Q: How have your life-changing experiences shaped or strengthened your life today?
Amy: Everything builds my faith. It is sometimes the life-changing experiences, even the ones that make you feel useless, that bring about meaningful results. My work with Make a Wish, St. Jude and Habitat for Humanity all that I’ve already done has equipped me for having people share their most traumatic issues. Because of the music I have written, people feel comfortable opening up their lives to me. Three Wishes is able to provide for people meet their needs and the walls between people come down. When people are being taken care of, they allow themselves to be vulnerable. I do feel adequate for this job.
Q: Assuming the ultimate goal is to prove to people that they can make a difference in their communities, is it catching on?
Amy: Yes, the ripple effect is unbelievable. For instance, I was in line with thousands of people, and a woman showed up to share her wishes. She said, “My wish is that the wish of the person in front of me be granted.” I hope people will see Three Wishes and want to reinvest.
Amy: During the filming process, we discussed the fact that whether or not the show was picked up or ever had a viewership, the effect of our input on the people of the community would remain. This show is exactly what it is an amazing use of network dollars to pay and sponsor amazing philanthropic things in peoples’ lives.