Wednesday, July 26, 2017

JoJo Bows Star JoJo Siwa Sends Fans Into A Frenzy At The Intu Manchester Trafford Centre

Hundreds of excited young fans flocked to the Intu Manchester Trafford Centre to meet JoJo Siwa, the teen star behind the JoJo Bows phenomenon on Tuesday!

JoJo Siwa meeting her fans (Image: Eddie Garvey)

Fans known as ‘Siwanators’ swarmed Claire’s Accessories for the first UK appearance by JoJo Siwa.

Shoppers stopped in their tracks to wonder why a large queue of children wearing oversized bows in their hair - a tribute to the Nickelodeon star’s trademark accessory - had formed along the top floor of the shopping centre.

One girl wore an outfit entirely made of colourful bows to meet her idol.

And it was worth the wait for fans who had arrived at the Trafford Centre as early as 5am to grab a place in the queue to meet 14-year-old singer and dance JoJo from Nebraska, who rose to fame on the hit US reality TV show Dance Moms.

From 9am, Siwanators could buy a JoJo bow at Claire’s to get one of 250 wristbands to attend ‘JoJo’s Bow Party’.

One dad tweeted: “Eight hours later !!! Thea is beyond happy now she’s met #jojo #jojosbowpartyuk !! @Trafford Centre.”

Social media sensation JoJo shot to fame at the age of eight, and the large bows she likes to wear in her hair have become a global sensation.

They are so popular in the UK that many schools took the decision to ban them, saying they don’t comply with the rules on uniform, which JoJo describes as "amazing, but also terrible". However that hasn’t dampened their popularity.

The youngster has an astonishing 5.8 million followers on Instagram, and her YouTube channel has had 600 million views. She has released three pop songs, made a Nickelodeon TV special called JoJo Siwa – My World (which will air on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland on Friday 18th August 2017), and is currently filming a brand-new television movie, Inside Voice, for Nickelodeon.

JoJo described meeting her UK fans, some of whom had come to see her in outfits made entirely out of bows, as “really exciting.”

Fans queued to meet JoJo (Image: Eddie Garvey)

“This is my first time in the UK and it definitely feels like a foreign country to me, but I really love it here," she told the Manchester Evening News.

“I got to meet so many people, everyone was so nice, and I think I almost had a British accent by the end!

“The mall was amazing, it is so pretty and so big. I have never seen a mall that big.”

The JoJo Bows range was launched just over a year ago, and the pint-sized businesswoman has already diversified into jewellery, keyrings, cosmetics and watches – and much, much more.

JoJo Siwa (Image: Eddie Garvey)

She said: “I have been wearing them since I was born. I have loved them my whole life, so we just said ‘why not do bows?’ and they have been really successful which is amazing.

“It is so cool seeing people wearing them in the street. I knew people would like them because I like them so much, but I didn’t know they would love them so much.”

JoJo will be returning to the UK in October to perform for the first time in the UK exclusively at SLIMEFEST in Blackpool, a festival organised by Nickelodeon that features music, dancing – and plenty of slime.

“There is going to be a lot of slime involved,” she said. “Slime is huge this year.”

SLIMEFEST will be on between October 21 and 23 and will also include exclusive performances from UK dance sensations Diversity and guest appearances from School of Rock stars Breanna Yde and Ricardo Hurtado. JoJo will be performing her hit single Boomerang live as well as two new songs. For more information and tickets, visit

Upon arriving in the UK, JoJo quickly tried some of our sweet delicacies (including Cadbury chocolate and Jaffa Cakes).

Check out the fantastic photo gallery of JoJo's meet and greet session with fans at the Intu Manchester Trafford Centre below!:

Scarlett Williams, 11, was first in line to meet the star (Image: Eddie Garvey)

JoJo Siwa at Claire's in the Trafford Centre (Image: Eddie Garvey)

Excited fans queued to meet their idol (Image: Eddie Garvey)

Teen sensation JoJo Siwa (Image: Eddie Garvey)

JoJo Siwa (Image: Eddie Garvey)

JoJo with fan Scarlett Williams (Image: Eddie Garvey)

JoJo Siwa meet excited fans at Claire's (Image: Eddie Garvey)

JoJo Siwa held a meet and greet with fans (Image: Eddie Garvey)

(Image: Eddie Garvey)

More Nick: JoJo Siwa To Perform For The First-Ever Time In The UK Exclusively At Nickelodeon’s SLIMEFEST 2017!
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