(CNN) – A different side of all-but-declared presidential candidate Mitt Romney came out to play Tuesday morning when he admitted to reading the "Twilight" book series and watching "American Idol."
"American Idol I watched, this year it was Scotty (McCreery) winning, that was terrific," Romney said on NBC's "Today." "That guy's got talent."
And he likes the "silly stuff too."
"I mean I like the Twilight series. I thought it was fun," Romney said. "I don't like vampires personally, I don't know any but you know my granddaughter was reading it and I thought, well this looks like fun so I read that."
Although he doesn't have an ipod, he does listen to rock, country and The Beatles on his ipad.
"The Beatles, I mean the Beatles were phenomenal," Romney said.
The former Massachusetts governor and 2008 GOP presidential contender has a reputation for being a stuffed shirt, honed during his last bid for the White House when a tie and stiff answers were the norm. But his wife Ann said that public perception "is so different than what I know."
"He's really very funny. I love being around him because me makes me laugh. We laugh a lot," Ann said. "The little glimpses that you get are not really accurate … They don't see him as a casual guy that he is and most of the time his hair really is messed up."
Romney is scheduled to formally announce his second bid for the White House at an event in New Hampshire on Thursday.
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