Nick Lachey Dishes on His 'Orphan' Thanksgiving

The singer will be deep-frying a turkey himself!

Nov. 27, 2013 -- In L.A. this Thanksgiving and still in need of holiday plans? Nick Lachey is your guy.

The host of NBC's "The Sing-Off," which premieres Dec. 9, will be on the west coast this Thanksgiving and he and his wife Vanessa are planning a huge dinner for their loved ones.

"We have some friends, we call them 'the orphans,' who don't have families out here, get together at our place and cook up at turkey," the former 98 Degrees singer, 40, told ABC News. "That's our Thanksgiving tradition."

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While his wife serves as the chef for the evening, Lachey does have one important role: deep-frying a bird.

"We do one in the oven and one deep-fried and so I'm charge of deep-frying and hopefully not burning down the house," he said. "I have it down to a science at this point because this is my fourth year doing it."

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Lachey, who calls the holiday "an excuse to eat turkey and watch football," will also be spending quality time with his 14-month-old son, Camden, who loves turning on the lights and mimicking what his parents say.

"I told him 'no' once and he looked back and said 'No, no, no, no, no,' so I've stopped using 'no,' and hoped he'll forget about it," Lachey said. "He knows the birds and the trees and what the sheep says and it's fun! It's fun to see them pick up on things and become their own little people."