Lip Sync Battle Shorties

Ages: 6 - 11Manufacturer: Nickelodeon

This reality series premiered in 2016 but its latest iteration includes Nick Cannon as the host of a faux-concert competition featuring elementary-aged kids and tweens engaged in high-energy lip-sync battles.

Lip Sync Battle Shorties is let-your-hair-down feel-good family fun — a tuneful, colorful, and high-spirited break that will have kids and parents alike [lip] singing along. Contestants perform songs from their favorite artists so expect lots of Bieber, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and the like. YouTube personality JoJo Siwa chimes in as Cannon’s sidekick and celebrity guests join the judging panel. The stage sports plenty of eye-popping backdrops, costumes, props, pyrotechnics, and back-up dancers to support the illusion of a true concert performance.

You gotta hand it to these contestants. They display impressive stage presence without seeming overly-precocious or age-inappropriate. They “sing,” bop, and interact with the crowd and judges during their songs, and pull off dynamic choreography, providing genuinely entertaining performances.

Lip Sync Battle Shorties is an enjoyable way to hit the pause button on everyday stresses. Parents, just make sure to clear out floor-space in the family room; there’s a 100% chance your kiddos will want to join in the dance and song.

Gina Catanzarite ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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