Thursday, April 08, 2021

Nickelodeon Partners With Plan International for New 'Extraordinary Me' Shorts Showcasing Girls Who Are Defying Stereotypes and Excelling in Male-Dominated Disciplines

The non-profit org will work with Nickelodeon International to extend the Extraordinary Me series with episodes focused on gender equality.

UK-based non-profit org Plan International has teamed up with Nickelodeon International on several new episodes of the kids network's Extraordinary Me interstitial series that will run through Wednesday 30th June 2021.

Extraordinary Me, which spotlights everyday kids doing incredible things, premiered last year as part of Nick’s Together For Good initiative. Plan focuses on children’s rights and equality for girls, and the new episodes it’s involved in centre around girls who are defying stereotypes and excelling in male-dominated disciplines.

They kicked off yesterday across Nickelodeon platforms in 144 territories, featuring Japanese karate champion Mahiro, Russian weightlifter Milana, Australian golf champion Sahara (pictured below) and Colombian rugby player Karla. The shorts can be watched online at

Nick’s partnership with Plan feeds into a concerted effort being made by other producers and broadcasters of late to achieve gender equality both on and off screen. Kickstart Entertainment recently partnered with Geena Davis on a girl-centric animated series called I AM, and Women in Animation launched its 2021 spring mentorship program last month, with a focus on providing mentors to women of color through partnerships with Black N’ Animated, LatinX in Animation and Rise Up Animation.

Nickelodeon previously teamed up with Plan International for a global Together For Good campaign in 2015.

Original source: Kidscreen.

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April 2021 on Nickelodeon Junior France: PAW Patrol | Blue's Clues & You! | Top Wing

Nickelodeon Junior, Nickelodeon France's top-rated channel for preschoolers, will be premiering brand new episodes of PAW Patrol, Top Wing and Blue's Clues & You! all this April!

Plus, to celebrate Easter, Nickelodeon Junior will be hosting an exclusive watch & win competition between Saturday 3rd and Monday 5th April 2021, in which viewers can look out for Easter Eggs featuring fan-favourite Nickelodeon Junior characters that will be appearing on-screen, then head to the official Nickelodeon Junior website to match the Easter Egg for the chance to win awesome prizes!

Nickelodeon Junior will air new episodes of:

Top Wing season 2 Saturdays at 08:20 from Saturday 27th March 2021
PAW Patrol season 6 weekdays at 18:45 from Monday 12th April 2021
- Blue's Clues & You! season 2 weekdays at 06:20 from Monday 26th April 2021

Below is Nickelodeon France's official press release announcing the egg-citing news, via Megazap!:

Nickelodeon Junior fait le plein de nouveautés pour les vacances de Pâques

Pour les vacances de Pâques, pas le temps de s'ennuyer sur NICKELODEON JUNIOR qui donne rendez-vous aux petits téléspectateurs avec de nouvelles aventures inédites de leurs héros préférés et organise sur son antenne une grande chasse à l’œuf !

Saison 2 inédite

Dès le 27 mars, Swift, Penny, Brody et Rod, les oiseaux secouristes de TOP WING, TOUTES AILES DEHORS !, la série des Studios Nickelodeon, se posent sur NICKELODEON JUNIOR pour de nouvelles péripéties inédites ! Suivant les conseils de leur mentor Speedy, ces 4 élèves de l'Académie Top Wing partent en mission avec leurs super bolides et leurs gadgets pour venir en aide à toute personne en détresse.

Saison 6 inédite

Dès le 12 avril, les petits fans retrouvent leurs chiens favoris avec les épisodes inédits de la saison 6 de PAW PATROL : LA PAT' PATROUILLE ! Jamais à court de ressources et toujours prête à aider les autres, l'intrépide troupe repart pour de nouvelles missions périlleuses. En plus d'être un succès phénoménale auprès des plus jeunes, la série véhicule des valeurs fortes telles que l'amitié, l'héroïsme, l'entraide et bien sûr le courage.

Saison 2 inédite

Dès le 26 avril, les enfants ont rendez-vous avec Josh et sa petite chienne Blue dans la saison 2 inédite de BLUE'S CLUES & YOU ! BLUE ET SES AMIS, la série interactive et ludique de NICKELODEON JUNIOR, co-produite par les Studios Nickelodeon. Dans chaque épisode, les deux amis sollicitent les petits à interagir avec eux pour résoudre les petites énigmes du quotidien et développer leur curiosité. En compagnie de Josh et Blue, chaque nouvelle leçon est prétexte à s'amuser !

Et à l'occasion du week-end de Pâques, NICKELODEON JUNIOR organise une grande chasse à l’œuf sur son antenne avec à la clé des cadeaux à gagner des séries phares de la chaîne ! Pour cela, tout au long de la journée, du 3 au 5 avril, des œufs à l'effigie des héros Nickelodeon Junior apparaîtront à l'écran. Dès qu'ils les apercevront, les enfants pourront se rendre sur le site avec leurs parents, puis cliquer sur l’œuf de Pâques pour découvrir s'ils ont gagné.

Saison 2 inédite Dès le 27 mars, tous les samedis à 8h20

Saison 6 inédite Dès le 12 avril, du lundi au vendredi à 18h45

Saison 2 inédite Dès le 26 avril, du lundi au vendredi à 6h20

NICKELODEON JUNIOR est disponible dans les Offres Canal+ / CanalBox en Outre-Mer, Orange, SFR, Zeop et sur tous les supports TV en France Métropolitaine.


Freebox : avalanche de grosses promos sur Prime Video


Et pour finir, une attention particulière à la jeunesse. Les deux services pour enfants Gulli Max d’M6 et Noggin de Nickelodeon Junior sont accessibles à 0,99€/mois pendant 3 mois.


Originally published: Thursday, March 25, 2021.

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Microids and IMPS Sign Major Publishing Deal for 'The Smurfs' Video Games

Microids and IMPS/The Smurfs sign a major publishing deal regarding future Smurfs video game adaptations

New details about the upcoming game The Smurfs – Mission Vileaf, announced last year!

Paris, April 8 2021 – French publisher Microids and IMPS, the Smurfs world license holder, are pleased to announce a major publishing deal regarding the development of four new Smurfs video game adaptations. These games will explore different genres and will gradually launch over the next five years. As a reminder, Microids’ new subsidiary, Microids Distribution France, will handle the distribution of the game in the French territory.

“We’re thrilled over this ambitious deal with IMPS, as it extends even more our lasting and very promising partnership.” says Stéphane Longeard, Microids’ CEO. “Working on such a rich franchise that speaks to all generations allows us to create a wide variety of different games: there will be something to suit all tastes! Besides, thanks to this partnership and the Smurf’s incredible international notoriety, Microids continues to significantly reinforce and diversify its catalog of renowned IPs.”

“It’s a great pleasure to collaborate with Microids, we fully trust them in coming up with iconic, creative, gorgeous games with our little Smurfs.” adds Véronique Culliford, Peyo’s daughter and IMPS’ founding president. “I’m sure both kids and adults alike will be delighted.  Additionally, with the new Smurfs TV series that will be broadcast worldwide in 2021, the notoriety of the Smurfs will grow even more! I am really proud to consolidate our bond with another company from the Media Participations group.”

In addition to these four upcoming games, the Smurfs will also be a part of Microids’ 2021 line-up, as the new Smurfs game that was announced last May will launch at the end of the year. Entitled The Smurfs – Mission Vileaf and developed by Osome Studio, the game will launch simultaneously on PC, PlayStation®4, Xbox One consoles, and Nintendo Switch. In this new 3D adventure-platformer, the Smurfs will once again have to thwart evil Gargamel’s schemes to save their village… and the whole forest!

Stay tuned: Microids will soon unveil more information about The Smurfs – Mission Vileaf!

The news comes as LAFIG Belgium and IMPS are about to launch a brand new CG-animated The Smurfs TV series.

Based on the iconic property and in partnership with LAFIG Belgium and IMPS, The Smurfs (52 11-minute episodes across two seasons) will follow Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, Clumsy and others, on all-new adventures, packed with humor, heart and high-stakes action. The series is set to premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. in October 2021, and is slated to roll-out on Nickelodeon channels and programming blocks shortly after.

The new 3D The Smurfs series will have its premiere on Ouftivi in the French-speaking region of Belgium on Sunday 18th April 2021, and will also be made available on YouTube worldwide from Q2 2022 and will also debut on Netflix services worldwide from Q2 2023.

The Smurfs is produced by Belgium's Peyo Productions and France's Dupuis Edition & Audiovisuel. It is being directed by William Renaud (CalimeroCasper’s Scare SchoolA Kind of Magic) and written by Peter Saisselin (Sonic BoomALVINNN!!! And the Chipmunks) and Amy Serafin (Sonic BoomAlvin!!! And the Chipmunks).

In addition to the content partnership, ViacomCBS Consumer Products (VCP) will manage consumer products licensing for The Smurfs property across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Malaysia. VCP will seek new merchandising and promotional partners in select categories and territories for The Smurfs classic brand, in addition to a new product line for the new animated series The Smurfs, spanning categories including toys, stationery, apparel and accessories, home, consumer packaged goods and more, to launch at retail in 2022.

MIPTV is the annual spring market for the international television industry, now in its 58th year.  Digital MIPTV 2021 will take place exclusively online from 12-16 April, bringing together global distributors, producers, buyers and commissioners of drama, doc, kids, factual and formats programming for a curated week of personalised business meetings, exclusive market intelligence, conference sessions and global networking. MIPTV is traditionally the biggest global week in unscripted television and this year features MIPDoc and MIPFormats within the main market. MIPTV is organized by Reed Exhibitions. For more information, visit

Created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Peyo, pen name of Pierre Culliford (1928-1992), the Smurfs (French: Les Schtroumpfs) evolved from secondary comic characters in Peyo's Johan and Peewit (French: Johan et Pirlouit) comic series and spinning off into their own series the following year, in which they became the small centerpieces of the massive franchise that skyrocketed to global fame with the 1981 launch of The Smurfs (Smurfs' Adventures) Saturday morning cartoon series, which, produced by Hanna-Barbera aired new episodes on NBC until 1989, running for more than 250 episodes and several specials over nine seasons. It would eventually manifest in live-action CG-animation hybrid splendor on the big screen. The 2011 feature film of the same name and its 2013 sequel, The Smurfs 2 were produced by Sony Pictures Animation and released by Columbia Pictures. Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris starred in live-action roles, with voiceovers by Anton Yelchin, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry (famously providing the voice of Smurfette), Jayma Mays, and George Lopez. A fully CG-animated standalone movie, The Smurfs: Lost Village was released in April 2017, featuring the voices of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Ellie Kemper, Julia Roberts and Mandy Patinkin. The Smurfs have also featured in two shorts.

Below is Microids' official press release announcing the Smurf-tastic news!

Microids et IMPS signent un contrat d’édition sur de futurs jeux Schtroumpfs

Annoncé l’année dernière, le jeu Les Schtroumpfs – Mission Malfeuille constitue la prochaine aventure vidéo ludique des Schtroumpfs et donne de ses nouvelles 

Paris, 8 avril 2021 – L’éditeur français Microids et la société IMPS sont heureux d’annoncer la signature d’un contrat d’édition étendu portant sur le développement de quatre nouveaux jeux adaptés de la célèbre licence des Schtroumpfs. Ces titres exploreront plusieurs genres de jeux différents et sortiront progressivement au cours des cinq prochaines années. Par ailleurs, la distribution de ces futurs titres en France sera assurée par la nouvelle filiale de Microids, Microids Distribution France.

« Nous sommes ravis de la signature de cet accord ambitieux avec IMPS, qui marque la concrétisation d’un partenariat pérenne et très prometteur, et qui constitue le gage de notre confiance mutuelle. » déclare Stéphane Longeard, CEO de Microids.  « La richesse de cette licence intergénérationnelle permettra de donner naissance à des titres particulièrement variés : il y en aura pour tous les goûts ! En outre, grâce à ce partenariat, Microids renforce davantage son catalogue de jeux issus de licences fortes en s’appuyant sur l’incroyable notoriété internationale des Schtroumpfs. »

« Quel bonheur de collaborer avec Microids, toute l’équipe a toute ma confiance pour la réalisation de très beaux jeux iconiques, créatifs et innovants avec nos petits Schtroumpfs. » renchérit Véronique Culliford, présidente fondatrice d’IMPS et fille de Peyo. « Je suis certaine qu’ils raviront petits et grands enfants que nous sommes. De plus, avec la nouvelle série des Schtroumpfs, qui sera diffusée mondialement en 2021, la notoriété de ces derniers ne pourra qu’être accrue ! Je suis très fière de consolider notre complicité avec une branche de plus du groupe Média Participations. »

En plus de ces quatre prochains jeux, les Schtroumpfs feront déjà partie intégrante du line-up 2021 de Microids, puisque le nouveau titre faisant la part belle aux petits êtres bleus, annoncé en mai dernier, sortira en fin d’année. Intitulé Les Schtroumpfs – Mission Malfeuille, et développé par le studio lyonnais OSome Studio, le jeu sera disponible simultanément sur PC, PlayStation®4, consoles Xbox One, et Nintendo Switch. Dans cette nouvelle expérience d’aventure-plateforme, les Schtroumpfs devront une fois de plus déjouer les plans du machiavélique Gargamel pour sauver leur village… et toute la forêt !

Restez à l’écoute : Microids dévoilera prochainement de plus  amples informations sur Les Schtroumpfs – Mission Malfeuille !


More Nick: Free Comic Book Day Announces 'The Smurfs Tales' FCBD 2021 Title!

H/T: Special thanks to AKA Royal Smurf for the news!; Additional source: Gamekult.

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That Girl Lay Lay - Tik Tok (Official Video) | THAT GIRL LAY LAY

That Girl Lay Lay - Tik Tok (Official Video) | THAT GIRL LAY LAY

Listen to the single "Tik Tok" - Out Now!
From the upcoming album "Lil Big Dripper"

#ThatGirlLayLay​ #ThaSlayGang​ #TikTok​ #FreshRebelMuzik​

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for April 7, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for April 7, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Rugrats, provided to Creators Syndicate by Nickelodeon, based off the popular animated television series has been created for children and family's to laugh and enjoy together.

Follow these comics and their take on real episodes of the show and their own spin on hilarious adventures.

Read more Rugrats comic strips!:

More Nick: First Look: Nickelodeon's All-New Animated 'Rugrats' Reunites Members of the Original Voice Cast to Reprise Roles!

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🔴 The Barbarian and the Troll ⚔️ Episode 1 | NEW Nickelodeon Comedy-Adventure Series! | Nickelodeon

🔴 The Barbarian and the Troll ⚔️ Episode 1 | NEW Nickelodeon Comedy-Adventure Series! | Nickelodeon

Watch the full first episode of Nickelodeon's new comedy-adventure puppet series The Barbarian and the Troll, airing Fridays at 7:30/6:30c! Evan, a spirited bridge troll in search of excitement and a place to perform his songs, finds adventure when he meets Brendar, a fierce female warrior on a quest to avenge an attack on her family!

H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@kanc.

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JoJo Siwa Opens Up About Coming Out as LGBTQ

JoJo Siwa says that she’s in love and now identifies as pansexual. "My human is my human," the YouTube star and Nickelodeon mogul told PEOPLE for their cover story this week.

JoJo Siwa Opens Up About Coming Out as LGBTQ: 'The First Time That I've Felt So Personally Happy'. Credit: Michelle Groskopf

If you don't know JoJo Siwa, if you haven't seen any of her videos — now with 3.6 billion views on YouTube — or read about her recent coming out as LGBTQ, ask any preteen or tween. They'll know her story.

They've probably secured their ponytails with a great big, sparkling, rainbow-striped bow, too. The superstar with Elton John's style, Miley Cyrus' voice, and SpongeBob's outlook describes herself in this week's cover story of PEOPLE as "an entertainer" and "the happiest human alive."

Siwa not only sells out international arenas - even becoming the youngest headline act to play at the O2 arena in Greenwich in London, but is a burgeoning mogul, inking deals that have ensured her face grins from a staggering amount of merch at Target, Walmart, and JCPenney from dolls, clothes and candy to watches, shoes and bean bag chairs. She embraces it all — she has two convertible Mercedes parked outside her house emblazoned with her face. 

"I work a lot," Siwa says.

After earning her GED two years ago, her work life consists of rehearsing, filming — right now, her new summer movie The J Team — editing videos, TikTok-ing and signing off on products bearing her name and image.

"But I do normal things!" Siwa insists.

She likes Kraft macaroni and cheese. She FaceTimes with her girlfriend, Kylie Prew, 18, constantly. And she loves Ariana Grande and Grey's Anatomy. "I go to the bathroom on my toilet with my face on it," she says before unleashing an echoing cackle. "That's normal. Right?"

But the world's happiest human does have bad days. "My struggles deal with being overworked and not getting any sleep," Siwa says. "Do I ever have breakdowns? Yes, of course I do. I'm a teenager. There are a lot of times where I just will throw my phone down and lay on my bed and look at the ceiling and cry for a second."

Born just before the advent of Facebook, JoJo doesn't know a world without emojis. She sees her phone as more solution than problem: "My phone keeps me connected to the world!"

It's also became a gateway to community and support. In January, Siwa came out as LGBTQ, over a series of posts on TikTok and Instagram. When she lipsynched Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" following a day with TikTok collective Pride House LA, fans wondered if she was revealing something about her sexuality. And with a very direct t-shirt — BEST GAY COUSIN EVER — she confirmed it.

Siwa also declared her love for girlfriend Kylie Prew, 18. "She never cares what the internet said about us," she says. "It's nice to have somebody in my life like that." 

Siwa says the announcement was the last thing she hadn't shared with the world. And was inspired by her love for Prew, which began as friendship and turned romantic in late 2020. At first, JoJo didn't want to put a "label" on her sexuality.

"I still don't know what I am. It's like, I want to figure it out. And I have this joke. Her name is Kylie. And so I say that I'm Ky-sexual," she says. "But like, I don't know, bisexual, pansexual, queer, lesbian, gay, straight. I always just say gay because it just kind of covers it or queer because I think the keyword is cool."

"I like queer," she adds. "Technically I would say that I am pansexual because that's how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human."

Credit: Michelle Groskopf

Siwa and Prew met on a cruise ship. "I told her my whole spiel that I tell everyone when they ask me my life story," Siwa remembers. "She goes, 'I could have Googled that. I want to know your life story. You just told me about your career. I want to know about you.' And I was like, No one's ever asked me that before." 

"I never wanted [my coming out] to be a big deal," she adds. But it was: Never before has someone with such a young fan base identified publicly as LGBTQ.  

"I've known since I was little," Siwa says. ("I did too," her mom Jessalynn adds. "A mother knows.") They both also knew it was a risk to tell the world. "I have a lot that could have gone away because of my love life," Siwa says.

Ever connected to her fans, she Googled herself. Then she read the thousands of comments. "I never should have done that. I was thinking that all the comments were going to be nice and supportive, and they weren't," she says. "A lot of them were, 'I'm never buying your merch again. My daughter's never watching you again.' I couldn't sleep for three days."

But Siwa found clarity: "My thing is, I don't want people to watch my videos or buy my merchandise if they aren't going to support not only me, but the LGBTQ community." 

And new fans Elton John, Meghan Trainor, Kerry Washington and more applauded her openness. "I've never gotten this much support from the world," she says. "I think this is the first time that I've felt so personally happy."

"Performing has always made me super happy," she adds. "But for the first time, personally, I am like, whoa, happiness. I am so proud to be me."

For more from JoJo Siwa, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, April 9.

From People:

Inside JoJo Siwa’s 'Normal' World: 'Of Course I Have Breakdowns — I'm a Teenager'

The 17-year-old megastar has a multi-million-dollar deal with Nickelodeon and says she's never done homework. But she tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story that she has good days and bad days like other people her age.

If Jojo Siwa hadn't been on Dance Moms, she'd be a senior in high school back in Omaha. She'd be doing homework and playing softball. Maybe, she thinks, she would be preparing to graduate and applying to pre-med programs.

"To this day, I would love to be a surgeon," JoJo tells PEOPLE in one of this week's cover stories, sitting in the foyer of her house in front of a rainbow unicorn the stature of a racehorse. She lingers in the past. "Being surrounded by kids, high school would have been fun."

If Jojo Siwa hadn't been on Dance Moms, she'd be a senior in high school back in Omaha. She'd be doing homework and playing softball. Maybe, she thinks, she would be preparing to graduate and applying to pre-med programs.

"To this day, I would love to be a surgeon," JoJo tells PEOPLE in one of this week's cover stories, sitting in the foyer of her house in front of a rainbow unicorn the stature of a racehorse. She lingers in the past. "Being surrounded by kids, high school would have been fun."

Then — snap! — the singer and dancer whose YouTube videos have been viewed more than 3.6 billion times is back. "I love being a pop star so much more! I mean, it's the coolest life in the world!" she says as her fizzy enthusiasm sends her trademark bow and blonde ponytail vibrating. "I wouldn't trade it for anything." 

Every inch of her two-story mansion, with a pool and concert stage out back, reflects JoJo's rhinestoned ethos. (Green slime trompe l'oeil detail on the dining room's crown molding reflects her multi-million-dollar deal with Nickelodeon.) Just as Superman has his Fortress of Solitude, this Greek-columned suburban lair is where JoJo retreats to recharge her own superpowers.

There are portraits of JoJo on the walls bearing JoJo maxims ("Hold the DRAMA"). There is a bar stocked with candy — every type you can imagine from Swedish Fish to Mike and Ikes to JoJo's Gummy Bows. ("They're just decoration," JoJo tells me later. "No one in this house eats sugar!")

One dog, Buddy, trots around in a JoJo hoodie. But her mom Jessalyn says the home is not a set — because that would make her daughter a character.  

"This isn't Miley/Hannah Montana," Jessalynn says, whose describes her own job as "momager" and "creative director" of JoJo. (Back in Omaha, they called her Jess Jenner, after Kim Kardashian's mom.) "There is no split. What you see is what you get. She's always like this." 

The minute she heard about Dance Moms in 2012, Jessalynn recalls thinking, "Why are we not on this?!" She sent an audition tape without ever telling her daughter, and JoJo was selected for a spin-off series in 2013.

Two years later, they moved to Dance Moms, and, as they started filming, the pair became the show's interloping villains. (In one memorable scene, infamous teacher Abby Lee Miller wanted JoJo to wear a smaller bow. "Beyoncé," JoJo whispers to her mom, employing their code word for "go harder." An even bigger bow was worn. "You're a greedy little monster!" Miller screamed to Jojo.) 

"We were blinded," Jessalynn remembers. "We were just so happy to be a part of that world. I never thought about the consequences, what bad effects could this have on our mental well-being."

They took the hits — the characterizations on the show, nasty comments on social media — but persevered.

"I was like, 'No, I want her to do this,'" Jessalynn says. "She wants to be famous." 

When she hears JoJo say she wants to be a doctor, "I'm like 'JoJo, please don't tell me we did all this, and you want to go to med school.' If she did, we would a million percent support her. But I would be like, 'Oh my god, we spent so many years doing this,'" she adds.

You could say the entire empire started with bows. JoJo and Jessalyn would make them with hot glue guns and rhinestones at home in Omaha in between dance competitions and sell them in salons.

In JoJo's platinum-selling single "Boomerang," her iconographic bow became a symbol of standing up to bullies. Since then, the accessory has been copied, parodied, and, in some school districts, banned. It has also sparked rumors about her hairline.

"Every single day I will be like, 'Got to pull that down a little bit. Can we fill it in a little bit?' People were saying that the bow was causing it," she says. "This bow is not doing anything. It's just my hair." She rips the iridescent bow from her head. Like a matryoshka doll, a smaller rhinestoned bow sits beneath. JoJo's real hair, seen rarely on videos, is darker and wavier than her ponytail extension.

For more from JoJo Siwa, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

"I used to hate my hair down," she says. "But one day, I was like, 'I can't wait to take my hair out and leave it down.' I was like, 'Did I just say that?'" She explains: "I have two humans that live inside this body—rockstar JoJo, which is the crazy costumes. And then I have the most chill, you-would-never-know-it's-me, black pants, black hoodie, hair in a ponytail or two braids or down. I love them both equally."

"I don't like the word 'normal' but I'm a normal teenager," JoJo adds. "Of course I have breakdowns. I throw myself on my bed and cry."

JoJo turns 18 next month, and will have all the freedom to decide what to wear and do next. One thing she's planning is a trip to the bank to withdraw some of her fortune that's been held in trust.

"I cannot wait for that day! My parents are terrified I'm going to move out." She's not, she clarifies. "I'm excited to grow up, but I don't think there's ever going to be a day where I'm like, 'It's time to be an adult.'"


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The Wichita Thunder to Host Nickelodeon Night featuring Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Saturday, April 10

WICHITA, Kan. - The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers, AHL's Bakersfield Condors and powered by Toyota, will be hosting a Nickelodeon Night featuring Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Saturday, April 10! The game will see the Thunder take on the Utah Grizzlies. COWABUNGA!

The Turtley Awesome promotion is presented by Myers Automotive, UBuildIt and Burns & McDonnell.

The first 1,000 fans will receive a complimentary TMNT poster.

The team will also be wearing a special TMNT-themed jersey that will be auctioned off on the DASH App. The auction begins the day of the game at 5 p.m. and ends on April 17 at 8:30 p.m.

Looking for a great deal? Get four tickets and a TMNT mini stick for just $60! Click here to get this great offer.

Additional Wichita Thunder promotional highlights for this weekend include: Police Vs. Fire, Scout Night and Non-Profit Night.

More Nick: Nickelodeon Readies Next Chapter of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with All-New CG-Animated Theatrical Release Produced By Point Grey Pictures!

Original source: Our Sports Central.

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Redan Publishing Launches 'Fun To Learn The Adventures of Paddington' Magazine in the U.K.

Redan Publishing has partnered with The Copyrights Group to add The Adventures of Paddington to its Fun to Learn range.

Launching on Wednesday 7 April, the educational gender neutral magazine is aimed at ages 3-6, with each issue containing 36 pages including a mix of stickers, stories, crafts, recipes, a themed 12-page workbook, games, posters and cut-out activities.

Published under Redan’s Fun to Learn branding, content is aimed at nurturing key learning skills and follows the National Curriculum Early Years Foundation Stage.

Fun To Learn The Adventures of Paddington perfectly complements the charm and humour of The Adventures of Paddington TV series by extending the escapades of the lovable bear into entertaining and educational activities in the magazine,” commented Julie Jones, Managing Director (MD) of Redan Publishing. “Wholesome traits strongly associated with Paddington such as kindness, family and friendship resonate through the magazine. Tips and notes for grown-ups reinforces these themes by encouraging them to take time to journey through the activities together with their young children to help them grow, learn and develop.”

Julie continued: “With our wealth of experience in creating content for early learners, we feel confident we’ve put together a product that will delight the new generation of Paddington Bear fans as well as their grown-ups.”

The Fun to Learn portfolio of licensed preschool titles currently includes FTL Peppa Pig, FTL Friends, FTL Favourites and FTL Bing magazines.

Fun to Learn The Adventures of Paddington is available today. As well as being sold at newsstand via retailers it is also available online now for single issues and subscriptions from

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