Monday, February 01, 2021

Kenan Thompson to Host Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2021

Kenan Thompson has announced that he'll be hosting the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2021!

The Nickelodeon legend, best known for his roles on beloved Nickelodeon comedies All ThatGood Burger and Kenan & Kel, as well as for being the longest serving cast member on Saturday Night Live) made the announcement on the You Already Know podcast, which you check out below! (The video does contain swearing, so viewer discretion is advised; Kenan makes the announcement at around the 1:34 mark):

Kenan is currently executive producing Nickelodeon's All That revival, along with his former Nick co-star Kel Mitchell, and is about to launch he brand new NBC, Kenan, premiering at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 2021, is set to air mid-March on Nickelodeon.

Not much is currently known about Nickelodeon's 2021 Kids' Choice Awards, including how Nickelodeon will be hosting this year's awards ceremony.

In March 2020, due to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Nickelodeon was forced to postpone Kids’ Choice Awards 2020, which, set to be hosted by Chance the Rapper, was set to take place on Sunday, March 22, at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Rather than canceling the network's tentpole event, Nickelodeon opted for a virtually-produced filmed-at-home special, Kids' Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together, which was hosted by Nickelodeon alum Victoria Justice (Zoey 101VictoriousFun Size), and saw winners receive their blimps at home.

Although the show was a lot more intimate than viewers were used to, the show still managed to feature special guests and lots of slime.

Although we are slowly but surely returning to "normal", we still have a long way to go before we can attend events like we used to, with most tours and events not scheduled to start up again until the middle of next year. Taking most things into consideration, below are three ways that Nickelodeon could host Kids' Choice Awards 2021.

The Studio Option: In the past few months, Nickelodeon in Brazil and Mexico have held localised versions of Kids' Choice Awards. Like the U.S./Global version, Nick's localised KCA events are usually held in big arenas in front of thousands of fans. However, this year, Nickelodeon Brazil and Nickelodeon Mexico drastically scaled down their KCAs, hosting them in a studio rather than arena with much smaller sets and with no audience. To make sure only a limited number of people were in close contact with each other, each show featured a mix of winners accepting their blimps in person and via the internet. Although much smaller, each event still managed to feature celebrity guests - in person and virtually - as well as big slime stunts. I would say that, the way things are going, this is probably the best option for the 2021 Kids' Choice Awards if Nickelodeon still wants to host them in March/April 2021. The only thing missing from the studio versions of the Kids' Choice Awards were live audiences. However, this could be remedied by Nickelodeon running a contest to allow viewers to attend the awards virtually - Britain's Got Talent recently featured 'virtual audiences', and yes, whilst looking like something from Black Mirror, it did sort of bring some normalcy back.

The Virtual Option: As previously mentioned, Nickelodeon postponed their annual slimefest, shifting it to a 'filmed-at-home' special instead, based on Nickelodeon in Germany, Switzerland and Austria's Nickelodeon Kids‘ Choice Awards 2020: Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz. This was a ratings success for Nickelodeon, and whilst we are still slowly getting back to normal, could be the option that Nick goes with.

The Postponement Option: Like I mentioned above, a lot of events aren't planning to start up again until mid-2021. If Nickelodeon wants to have a big show with a large live audience, the network could be planning to postpone the event until later in the year. However, at the moment, there is no certainly of how things will be next year. With the virus coming back in waves, it's hard to pin-point a perfect date to have it. There are a few vaccines coming onto market which hopefully will help, but this all depends on how long their efficiently lasts, how widely available they are and how many people take them.

In my opinion, we probably won't be seeing a "normal" Kids' Choice Awards ceremony until 2022, so there's either a good chance we'll either see the studio option or virtual option for KCA 2021.

All three options also apply to Nickelodeon SlimeFest. Like KCA 2020, SlimeFest 2020 was also canceled. There are plans to host SlimeFest again in 2021, however, this all depends on how safe it is to do so. This could see Nickelodeon follow in Nickelodeon Italy's footsteps by hosting an in-studio SlimeFest festival, which would then air on Nickelodeon.

These are just my thoughts. The finalized version of Kids’ Choice Awards 2021 could look totally different than the options I've listed above. Tell me what you think in the comments below or let me know on social media!

Originally published: Monday, February 01, 2021 at 01:31 GMT.

H/T: Special thanks to @StalgiaTheDuck for the news!

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