Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ariana Grande, Matt Bennett and Elizabeth Gillies Host Mini 'Victorious' Reunion

It's a Victorious reunion!

Ariana Grande reunited with her former co-stars Elizabeth Gillies and Matt Bennett during her Sweetener Tour stop in Atlanta on Tuesday, November 19!

The 26-year-old singer and the 26-year-old actor threw it back to their Nickelodeon days by performing their hit "Give It Up" from the show. Bennett sang "I Think You're Swell" from the series live on stage, and fans lost it.

"The best moment of my life @lizgillz," Grande wrote on Instagram Stories alongside footage of their duet.

Bennett, 28, also took the State Farm Arena stage to play a little guitar.

Gillies and Bennett joined Grande again during her finale performance of "Thank U, Next", in which the trio walked alongside each other, and the three posed together backstage.

The celebs also posted photos of the mini-reunion on Instagram.

"I love u forever," Grande wrote underneath Gillies' pic. "U sang sang sang."

"The most special show to me yet. Truly," Grande wrote on her Twitter. "Love u. This was too much to process and don’t know what to say yet but so grateful and thrilled. Love u forever @LizGillies @MattBennett."

Back on Instagram Stories, Grande also sent her love to her other Victorious costars who couldn't make it, tagging Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas, Daniella Monet, and Avan Jogia. "Look how special this is," she wrote. "We love you and wish you all could have been here tonight."

Needless to say, fans were pretty excited to see the stars back together.

Liam Hemsworth's (Ghostbusters: Answer the Call) new girlfriend Maddison Brown was in the crowd and shared her own photo from the night on her Instagram. Brown and Gillies are co-stars on The CW's Dynasty, which shoots in Atlanta. "LIVING LEGENDS" the actor wrote on Instagram.

After all, it had been a while since viewers saw these three together.

Prior to the show, Grande teased on her Twitter that something big was happening at her Atlanta Sweetener concert last night, and she wasn't overselling it.

As fans will recall, Grande played Cat Valentine on the hit Nickelodeon comedy series while Gillies played Jade West. As for Bennett, he played Robbie Shapiro.

The show ran from 2010 to 2013.

Watch the videos to see footage of the reunion and enjoy the trip down memory lane!

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As a reminder, Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies originally sang "Give It Up" on Victorious NINE years ago! It's crazy to see how far they've both come:

And here's a throwback of Bennett's character serenading Grande's character with "I Think You're Swell":

ICYMI: Victorious is now available on Netflix!

From MTV News:


SEE HER PERFORM ALONGSIDE LIZ GILLIES AND MATT BENNETT <3 Earlier this month, Netflix added all four seasons of Victorious to its streaming platform, giving fans of the beloved Nickelodeon series a surprise blast from the past. But on Tuesday night (November 19), Ariana Grande kicked the nostalgia up a few notches by staging a mini Victorious reunion that proves the Hollywood Arts High alumni have still got it. At the Atlanta stop of her Sweetener World Tour, Ari welcomed former co-stars Elizabeth Gillies (Jade) and Matt Bennett (Robbie) to the stage for a pair of special duets. The real showstopper was her and Gillies reprising their epic banger "Give It Up," which, yes, still slaps. Watch them belt those high notes in the fan-shot clips [above]. "The best moment of my life @lizgillz," Grande wrote on Instagram alongside footage of their performance. As for Bennett, he jammed out to the Victorious theme song, "Make It Shine," with fans in the pit, before getting onstage to sing "I Think You're Swell" with Grande. It was, indeed, swell.

Gillies and Bennett, of course, are still tight with Grande — they both made cameos in her "thank u, next" video last year. And at Tuesday's show, they joined their Grammy-nominated BFF onstage for her encore performance of the chart-topper.

Grande's Atlanta show was a big deal, as it marked her return to the stage after falling ill and canceling her November 17 show in Lexington, Kentucky. Thankfully, she seemed to be feeling much better in ATL, so fingers crossed she makes it through the final few weeks of her tour happy and healthy.

And before you go, here's a cute snap of Cat, Robbie, and Jade, for all your nostalgic pleasure.


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Source: E! News, ELLE,; Additional source: Wikipedia; H/T: Special thanks to @NotMrNostalgia for the news!
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