A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Competitors treat each other fairly and congenially, despite shared goal of winning. Kids are given a lot of say in the look and feel of their respective acts, which lends itself to a lot of excitement, diverse entertainment, and self-expression. That said, overall focus is more on general performance (including backup dancers, special effects, costumes, and lots of other surprises) than on the competitors' individual skills.
Positive Role Models
The Shorties display self-confidence and exuberance onstage, and the audience and hosts respond with excitement and support. Even though it's a contest, there's little competitiveness at play among the young hopefuls, who support and applaud each other.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some dance moves involve groin thrusts and similar movements, but there's nothing overtly sexual.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lip Sync Battle Shorties is a reality series hosted by Nick Cannon and internet personality JoJo Siwa in which tweens perform to their favorite pop songs. Each episode features three contestants who lip sync and dance alongside backup performers, competing for audience applause that determines a winner. The show is mostly innocuous, save for some suggestive dance moves copied from celebrity performers, and it can be fun for youngsters to watch (and for parents, decidedly less so).
Is It Any Good?
This spin-off lacks the star power and comical edge that its predecessor and namesake boast, leaving it feeling rather mundane and under-produced by comparison. Cannon is predictably at ease onstage and with the tween competitors, and there's some fun in watching the kids envision their performance and bring it to fruition. But as soon as the music starts and the cameras pan out, lip syncing yields to a broader stage act that incorporates lights, costumes, and a dozen or so performers, and the whole production -- billed as a lip sync contest -- feels rather gimmicky.
On the upside, Lip Sync Battle Shorties celebrates self-expression and puts a spotlight on kids who are eager to follow their dreams. Most seem impervious to any kind of stage fright or worries over their performance, focusing instead on the excitement of the opportunity. For young viewers with the performance bug in particular, the show could inspire new ideas or goals in that regard, or more generally a broad sense of the importance of following your dreams.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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