Thursday, August 29, 2019

Nickelodeon Sets All-Star Line-Up with Pop Culture Superstars Ciara, David Dobrik, Debbie Gibson and Nick Lachey for New Music Competition Series, 'America’s Most Musical Family'

Update (8/27) - Nickelodeon is slated to premiere America’s Most Musical Family during early November 2019!

Update (8/29) - That's a wrap! Filming for America’s Most Musical Family has been completed! Judging from photos posted on Instagram, America’s Most Musical Family has been filming at Nickelodeon on Sunset, where various episodes of iCarly, Drake & Josh, All That (original series), Kenan & Kel, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, The Amanda Show, Victorious, and more were filmed, however, this has yet to be confirmed.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:


30 Musical Families Compete for a Recording Contact with Republic Records
and a $250,000 Cash Prize

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BURBANK, Calif.—July 25, 2019—Nickelodeon sets the stage with an all-star celebrity lineup for the network’s new music competition show, America’s Most Musical Family. Grammy Award-winning global superstar Ciara, who is an executive producer, digital media sensation David Dobrik and singer-songwriter, record producer and actress Debbie Gibson will serve as series judges alongside host Nick Lachey, as 30 talented families compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and a $250,000 cash prize.

America’s Most Musical Family was first announced in February as part of Nickelodeon’s biggest, most wide-ranging content slate ever. The 12-episode series begins production this week in Los Angeles and is scheduled to premiere later this fall.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nick Lachey and our incredibly talented judges—Ciara, David Dobrik and Debbie Gibson—to Nickelodeon. Nick continues to wow crowds performing alongside his brother Drew in 98°; Debbie remains the record-holder as the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a number-one hit; David’s razor-sharp wit and expertise in the digital world will help families build their brand; and Ciara leads her own family in the spotlight as she continues her chart-topping career as a true triple threat. But ultimately, this competition for all ages is about celebrating exceptionally talented families. We’re in for a spectacular show,” said Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President of Unscripted Content.

America’s Most Musical Family is a one-of-a-kind music competition series that features a wide variety of talented and diverse families of two or more relatives who perform together, ranging from a father/daughter duo, sibling groups and a 12-member multigenerational brass ensemble. Over the course of 12 hour-long episodes and one half-hour special, 30 of America’s most musical families will battle it out on stage for the chance to win a $250,000 cash prize and a recording contract with Republic Records.

America’s Most Musical Family is produced by Industrial Media’s Emmy Award-winning The Intellectual Property Corporation, with IPC’s Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (Undercover Boss, So You Think You Can Dance), Claire Kosloff and showrunner Jeff Boggs (Nashville Star, Who Will Rock You?) as Executive Producers. Ciara also serves as Executive Producer, alongside Republic Records and Nickelodeon’s Rob Bagshaw and Paul J Medford. The series is directed by Julia Knowles (The X Factor, MTV Europe Music Awards), with stage design by Emmy Award-winning set designer Anton Goss (The Voice, Shark Tank). Production of America’s Most Musical Family is overseen for Nickelodeon by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Meet the Judges:


Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, model, and actress.

During Ciara's fifteen-year career, her music has been streamed over 2 billion times, and she has sold over 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide.

In 2018, Ciara scorched the summer with her platinum-selling hit "Level Up," which spent several weeks at #1 on the iTunes top R&B/Soul Songs chart and Top 10 on iTunes overall.

Ciara started Beauty Marks Entertainment (BME) as a platform for her music, media, film, fashion, and more.

Ciara is married to NFL superstar Russell Wilson.

Ciara's charity work includes her and her husband's Why Not You? Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children and empowering women across the globe.

On top of all that, Ciara is a happy mom of two children.

David Dobrik

YouTube sensation with over 5 billion viewers and more than 8.4 million followers on Instagram.

His YouTube channel has featured many celebrities, including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, and Charlie Puth.

He is also responsible for creating the "Vlog Squad" (coined by fans) made up of David's friends and fellow content creators.

In 2017, David won the Shorty Award for "Vlogger of the Year" and "Breakout Creator."

At the 2019 Kids' Choice Awards, David took home the blimp for "Favorite Social Star", and received an epic Nickelodeon sliming.

Debbie Gibson

Burst onto the music scene at 16 with her smash album, Out of the Blue.

With her number one hit, "Foolish Beat," she became the youngest female artist in history to write, produce, and perform a number one hit, a title she still holds in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Debbie has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, starred in 17 musicals in 17 years, appeared on the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars, and most recently starred in and executive produced Hallmark Channel's Summer of Dreams and Wedding of Dreams.

Along with New Kids on the Block, Tiffany, Salt-N-Pepa, and Naughty by Nature, Debbie just wrapped up the record-breaking Mixtape Arena Tour!

Debbie has spent plenty of time sharing the stage with her family, having worked with both her sisters and father. She's excited to guide families on America's Most Musical Family!

Meet the Host:

Nick Lachey

Multi-platinum recording artist, TV host, and businessman.

Nick rose to fame as the front-man of boy-band 98 degrees, selling over 10 million albums worldwide!

In addition to his music career, Nick is no stranger to TV and has starred in, hosted, and produced several shows over the past decade, including VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live, Dancing with the Stars, and The Sing-Off!

After some time as a solo artist, Nick returned with 98 for a reunion tour in 2013, and they're still touring.

Nick also does charity work with many organizations, including Autism Speaks, Feeding America, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

Nick and his wife Vanessa currently reside in Los Angeles with their kids, Camden, Brooklyn, and Phoenix.

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Confirmed contestants on the show include Ava and Lily Rashed. The Kid Brothers have also hinted at being contestants on the show.

Ciara made the exciting announcement about her new project on Instagram:

"I am so excited and proud to be an executive producer and judge on Nickelodeon’s newest music family competition show — America’s Most Musical Family! This show is the first of its kind! Only families compete! It’s incredible to see all families get on the stage and sing their hearts out! Can’t wait for you all to see it, coming this fall!" she wrote.

Access spoke with the cast at Nickelodeon Studios where they shared their excitement to help launch a family band into stardom.

“The concept is really refreshing,” Ciara said, praising the “unique” and “fun” dynamic in addition the performers’ “highest level of talent.”

Debbie couldn’t help but agree that this will be a spectacular show:

“It’s a great group,” she smiled while chatting with Access.

Though all four stars are familiar with finding success in the spotlight at a young age, Nick pointed out that he might have come closest to being an “America’s Most Musical Family” participant himself.

“I mean, I’m literally in a band with my brother,” the singer laughed, referring to bandmate and younger bro Drew Lachey. “98 Degrees would have been eligible for this show!”

“Drew and I are best friends and for me it’s been very special and meaningful to go through the experience with someone I already care so much about. You [hear] about some siblings, the Gallagher brothers or whoever, who fight like maniacs and then the group ends up breaking up,” he tells Billboard, referencing the ongoing Oasis stalemate between Noel and Liam Gallagher whilst speaking to Billboard. “But we are very much the opposite scenario.”

Lachey says his hosting vibe will be all about having a good time. “First of all, I want everyone to have fun -- not only the viewing audience but also all the groups that are a part of this.”

Gibson, who holds the record as the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a No. 1 Billboard single with 1987’s “Foolish Beat,” says she’s been “floored” by the level of talent on the show. “We didn’t have the Internet, we were essentially inspired by whatever records our parents had on, or watching Donnie and Marie on Friday nights. To hear all of these different influences in their musical styles and arrangements is amazing.”

"I’m most excited to sit front row and watch all of these talented families put on a great show, and see all the kids put on twists to all of my favorite songs,” says Dobrik, who leads YouTube ensemble the Vlog Squad.

The deal for Dobrik’s to participate on the show was brokered by Dobrik’s representation, Jack Reed at Millennial Entertainment. Dobrik is also signed with talent agency WME.

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Few days ago I met @debbiegibson at #americasmostmusicalfamily taping at the @nickelodeon studios and she was the nicest person ever. She told me that she got started by humming songs all day long, so since my brother isn’t here to sing with me I’m partially humming and singing along to @thecastillokids cover #OnlyInMyDreams . when it came out everyone went, ‘She’s an overnight sensation,’ and meanwhile it was actually 65 weeks after its release that it went (to #4) was 65 weeks of pounding the pavement and shaking every radio program director’s hand around the country and singing at every free radio event. Quoting @rhino_records well, #debbiegibson shook my hand and also followed our IG account. Looks like we’re on the right track. 💯🙏🏼 #ammf #hustleisreal #musicislife #stayhumble #keepitreal #workhard #seanandrewbleu #kidmusician #kidactors #thekidbrothers #80smusicisthebest

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Season 1 crew done! #daviddobrik #ciara #ammf

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Originally published: Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 19:39 BST.

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