JoJo Siwa
JoJo Siwa 2 (cropped).jpg
Siwa in September 2018
Born
Joelle Joanie Siwa

(2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 18)[1]
Occupation
Years active2013–present
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsJoJo Siwa Entertainment
YouTube information
Channels
Years active2015–present[4]
Genre
Subscribers
  • 12.3 million
Total views
  • 3.5 billion
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2015
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2019

Updated: May 12, 2021
Websiteitsjojosiwa.com

Joelle Joanie "JoJo" Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, YouTube personality, and actress. She is known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms along with her mother, Jessalynn Siwa, and for her singles "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Store". Siwa posts daily videos of her day-to-day life on her YouTube channel, "Its JoJo Siwa".[5] She was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.

Early life and career

Joelle Joanie Siwa was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 2003, to Jessalynn (née Lombardi), a professional dance instructor from Iowa, and Tom Siwa, a chiropractor from Nebraska.[6][7] She has one sibling, an older brother named Jayden Siwa, who is also a vlogger.[8] Siwa is of Polish, German, Luxembourgian and Italian descent.[9]

Siwa started her career as a top-5 finalist and the youngest contestant on the second season of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, produced by Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms fame.[10] She appeared on the show with her mother and was eliminated in week 9.[11] Siwa soon began to appear on Dance Moms, beginning with auditioning for Miller's "ALDC" dance competition team in 2014 and being selected for the team in early 2015.[12][13][14]

In May 2016, Siwa released "Boomerang" for download and a previous single, "I Can Make U Dance." "Boomerang" addresses the subject of online bullying.[12][15] Its video has been viewed more than 900 million times and received over 2.5 million likes. In 2018, Siwa was named the Breakout Artist of the Year by Vivid Seats.[16]

In 2018, Siwa announced that she would be going on her first major concert tour in 2019, entitled D.R.E.A.M. The Tour. She was scheduled to visit a mixture of theaters, outdoor amphitheaters and stadiums, as well as indoor arenas in a total of 52 cities across the United States and Canada. Additionally, other performances would take place in the United Kingdom and Australia. The tour was scheduled to begin in Phoenix, Arizona on May 17. The first leg of the tour was scheduled to conclude on June 26 in Austin, Texas, before resuming for leg two on July 10 in Orlando, Florida. The final date of the second leg is scheduled to be on August 20 in Vancouver, Canada.[17] She was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in September 2020[18] and on Fast Company's Queer 50 list in 2021.[19]

Other ventures

In 2016, Siwa released a line of hair bows in a collaboration with fashion accessory and jewelry company Claire's. The line of hair bows, which were inspired by the hairbows Siwa is known herself for wearing, experienced particular success among primary school pupils in the United Kingdom, where some schools took to banning them for a variety of reasons, including peer pressure, causing distraction from work, the impairment of pupils' concentration, and violation of school dress policies.[20] Due to the bows' popularity, some stores also began selling similar bows.[21] In 2017, Siwa commented that her bows were a "symbol of power, confidence, believing-ness."[21]

Siwa subsequently partnered with the American department store J. C. Penney to release a line of accessories, bedroom decor, and a doll made in her likeness, and has released several books aimed at young children.[22][23]

In June 2019, the FDA issued a warning about dangerous levels of asbestos in a JoJo Siwa-branded cosmetics kit, prompting Claire's to recall the product.[24][25]

Siwa signed with Nickelodeon in 2017, appearing in the film Blurt! with Jace Norman and the show Lip Sync Battle Shorties with Nick Cannon. Siwa later appeared in season 3 of The Masked Singer portraying T-Rex. At the age of 16, she is the youngest contestant to appear on the show. Siwa appeared as a playable character in the 2020 video game Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand Prix.[26]

In January 2021, Spin Master created a card game called "JoJo’s Juice", which contained questions about nudity and theft, despite being marketed toward children ages 6 and older.[27] Siwa later apologized and claimed she was not involved in the game's content development; the game was recalled from all toy store shelves.[28]

Siwa is set to compete on the thirtieth season of Dancing with the Stars, in which she will be part of the first same-sex dancing partnership in the show's history.[29]

Personal life

Siwa was in a relationship with TikTok star Mark Bontempo from August to November 2020.[30][31] Siwa came out as being part of the LGBTQ+ community on social media in January 2021. When a fan then asked what her label was, Siwa added that she does not label her sexuality, as she "doesn't really know this answer".[32][33][34] In February 2021, Siwa revealed that she was in a relationship with her best friend, Kylie Prew,[35] who had asked her to be her girlfriend a month prior.[36] She later stated "Technically I would say that I am pansexual, because that’s how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human." In the same interview, Siwa mentioned that she also uses the terms "gay" and "queer".[37]

Bibliography

  • JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz (2017)[38]
  • Things I Love: A Fill-In Friendship Book (2018)[39]
  • JoJo Loves BowBow: A Day in the Life of the World's Cutest Canine (2018)[40]
  • JoJo's Guide to Making Your Own Fun: #DoItYourself (2018)[41]
  • JoJo and BowBow Take the Stage (2018)[42]
  • JoJo and BowBow: Candy Kisses (2019)[43]
  • JoJo and BowBow: The Posh Puppy Pageant (2019)[44]
  • Jingle Bows and Mistletoe (Jojo and Bowbow Super Special) (2020)[45]
  • The Great Beach Cake Bake (2020)[46]
  • Spring Break Double Take (Jojo and Bowbow Book #8) (2021)[47]

Filmography

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Contestant 10 episodes
2015 The View Herself Performed in group dance "Together We Stand"[48]
Good Day L.A. Herself Guest[49]
Good Day New York Herself Guest[50]
2015–16 Dance Moms Herself Season 5–6
2016 Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Costume Party Ghost/Creepy Girl
Make It Pop Herself Episode: "Summer Splash Spectacular"[51]
Bizaardvark Herself Episode: "Bizaardvark vs. Vicki 'Hot Head' Fuego"
The Thundermans Nora's Fan Episode: "Thundermans: Banished!"
2017 Nickelodeon's Not-So-Valentine Special Girl with Heart/Dancer[52]
Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Haunted House Herself
Lip Sync Battle Shorties Herself Main role
School of Rock Audrey
JoJo Siwa: My World Herself
2018 The JoJo and BowBow Show Show Herself[53]
2019 JoJo's Dream Birthday Herself
SpongeBob SquarePants Cameo Episode: "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"
All That Herself Episode 1106
JoJo's Follow Your D.R.E.A.M. Herself
Keeping Up with the Karadashians Herself Season 17, Episode: "Three’s Company"
JoJo's D.R.E.A.M Concert Herself
Middle School Moguls Josie (voice) Episode: "Mo-Gul Money, Mo Problems"
2020 The Substitute Herself Episode: "JoJo Siwa"
The Masked Singer Herself/T-Rex
Celebrity Watch Party Herself
2021 Celebrity Family Feud Contestant Season 7, episode 4
Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant (season 30)

Films

Year Title Role
2018 Blurt! Victoria
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Jay and Kira (voice)
2021 The J Team JoJo

Music videos

Year Title Performer(s) Album
2020 "I Believe in Santa"[54] Meghan Trainor A Very Trainor Christmas

Discography

Extended plays

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications shown
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
Kid

[55]
D.R.E.A.M. The Music 22
Celebrate
  • Released: April 12, 2019[57]
  • Label: Viacom International
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
12
JoJo's Rockin' Christmas
  • Released: November 13, 2020[58]
  • Label: Viacom International
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
17

Singles

Year Title Certifications Album
2016 "Boomerang"
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[59]
Non-album singles
2017 "Kid in a Candy Store
"Hold the Drama
2018 "Every Girl's a Super Girl"
"High Top Shoes"
"Only Getting Better" D.R.E.A.M. The Music
2019 "Bop!" Celebrate
2020 "Nonstop"[60][61] Non-album singles

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated
person or work
Result Ref.
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Viral Music Artist JoJo Siwa Won
2018 Favorite Musical YouTube Creator Won
2019 Favorite TV Host Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties) Nominated
Favorite Social Music Star JoJo Siwa Won
2020 Won [62]

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