"It's very exciting and very overwhelming," said Jude. "He is 8 years old and we want to keep him as normal as possible."
Anthony said his friends at Hamagrael do not treat him any differently and he's glad for that.
"My best friends treat me the same," said Anthony, who is not the only musically talented performer in the family. Both of Anthony's parents are musicians and his 11-year-old brother Louis writes and records songs with Anthony.
"I've written the music to two songs and the lyrics to another song," said Louis.
The songs include "Come Back to Me Now," and "Take Me to the Mall."
Along with writing and recording music, Louis recently performed in the sixth grade concert and will be in the upcoming school musical "Oliver." As for music, Anthony is a little bit country and Louis is a little bit rock n roll.
"I like Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen and Anthony likes country and pop," said Louis.
As the family rests at home after a grueling cross-country week, Anthony is enjoying the many gifts he received from his two national TV appearances. On the Today Show, he received an autographed NBA basketball from former New York Knicks star John Starks and was asked to perform the national anthem at an upcoming Knicks game inside Madison Square Garden. Ellen Degeneres gave Anthony a host of American Idol gifts from books, to posters, and CD's and DVD games.
"Anthony and I spent a few hours yesterday unwrapping the gifts," said Richard.
The most memorable part of the trip for Anthony was not the TV appearance or any of the stars he sat next to.
"It was seeing the Hollywood sign," said Anthony.""