JoJo Siwa

JoJo Siwa
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Siwa in September 2018
Born
Joelle Joanie Siwa

(2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 17)[1]
Occupation
Years active2013–present
Parents
  • Tom Siwa (father)
  • Jessalynn Siwa (mother)
RelativesJayden Siwa (brother)
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Websiteitsjojosiwa.com

Joelle Joanie "JoJo" Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality. 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 channels, "JoJo Siwa TV" and "It's JoJo Siwa".[4] Her fans are called Siwanatorz.

Early life and career

JoJo Siwa performing "Hold the Drama"
JoJo Siwa's "D.R.E.A.M." music video

Joelle Joanie Siwa was born in Omaha, Nebraska on May 19, 2003 to Jessalynn Siwa (née Lombardi), a professional dance instructor from Iowa, and Dr. Tom Siwa, a chiropractor from Nebraska.[5][6] She has one sibling, an older brother named Jayden Siwa who is also a vlogger.[7]

Siwa was a top-5 finalist on the second season of the series Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and the youngest contestant on season 2.[8] She appeared on the show with her mother and was eliminated in week 9.[9]

Siwa began auditioning for Abby Lee Miller's ALDC dance competition team in 2014 and was selected for the team in early 2015.[10] At the same time, she began to appear on the Lifetime reality show Dance Moms, which follows the ALDC team.[11][12]

In May 2016, Siwa released "Boomerang" for digital download and a previous single, "I Can Make U Dance". "Boomerang" addresses the subject of online bullying.[11][13] Its video has been viewed more than 450 million times and received over 2.5 million likes. In 2018, Siwa was named the Breakout Artist of the Year by Vivid Seats.[14]

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 2 on July 10 in Orlando, Florida. The final date of the second leg is scheduled to be on August 20 in Vancouver, Canada.[15]

Other ventures

Known to audiences for wearing large, colorful bows in her hair, Siwa released a line of bows in 2016: JoJo's Bows, to be sold at Claire's, a fashion-accessory company aimed at 6-to-12-year-old girls. Her bows found a strong following among primary-school pupils in the United Kingdom and were ultimately subject to bans as teachers discovered that students unable to afford the bows, which retail for approximately £8 to £12 each, were bullied by their peers. Other reasons these schools gave for the bans was they were a distraction, harmed students' concentration, and violated the schools' dress code policies.[16] Due to the bows' price and popularity, some stores began selling similar, homemade bows.[17] In 2017 Siwa, whose bows are heavily featured in her music videos and general wardrobe, said they are a "symbol of power, confidence, believing-ness."[17]

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.[18][19][19]

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.[20][21]

JoJo signed with Nickelodeon in 2017. She was in the film Blurt! with Jace Norman, Lip Sync Battle Shorties with Nick Cannon, and much more.

Bibliography

  • 2017: JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz[22]
  • 2018: Things I Love: A Fill-In Friendship Book[22]
  • 2018: JoJo Loves BowBow: A Day in the Life of the World?s Cutest Canine[22]
  • 2018: JoJo's Guide to Making Your Own Fun: #DoItYourself[22]
  • 2018: Take the Stage (JoJo and BowBow Book #1)[22]
  • 2019: Candy Kisses (JoJo and BowBow Book #2)[22]
  • 2019: The Posh Puppy Pageant (JoJo and BowBow Book #3)[22]

Filmography

Television series

YearTitleNotes
2013Abby's Ultimate Dance CompetitionContestant, 10 episodes
2015The ViewPerformed in group dance "Together We Stand"[23]
Good Day L.A.Guest[24]
Good Day New YorkGuest[25]
2015–16Dance MomsSeason 5–6
2016Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Costume PartyGhost/Creepy Girl
Make It PopGuest[26]
BizaardvarkHerself, guest
The ThundermansGuest; episode: "Thundermans: Banished!" (Nora's Fan)
2017Nickelodeon's Not-So-Valentine SpecialGirl with Heart/Dancer[27]
Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Haunted HouseHerself
Lip Sync Battle ShortiesHerself
School of RockAudrey
JoJo Siwa: My WorldHerself
2018The JoJo and BowBow Show ShowHerself, Web Series[28]
2019JoJo's Dream BirthdayHerself
SpongeBob's Big Birthday BlowoutCameo
All ThatSeason 11, Herself, guest
JoJo's Follow Your D.R.E.A.M.Herself
Keeping Up with the KaradashiansSeason 17, Episode: “Three’s Company”
JoJo's D.R.E.A.M ConcertHerself
2020The SubstituteHerself; episode: "JoJo Siwa"
The Masked SingerSeason 3, The T-Rex, eliminated in episode 9

Films

YearTitleRole
2018Blurt!Victoria
2019The Angry Birds Movie 2Jay and Kira

Discography

Extended plays

TitleDetails
D.R.E.A.M. The Music
Celebrate
  • Released: April 12, 2019[30]
  • Label: Viacom International
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

Singles

TitleYearCertificationsAlbum
"Boomerang"
2016
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[31]
Non-album singles
"Kid in a Candy Store"2017
"Hold the Drama"
"Every Girl's a Super Girl"2018
"High Top Shoes"
"Only Getting Better"D.R.E.A.M. The Music
"Bop!"2019Celebrate
"Nonstop"[32][33]2020Non-album singles

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated
person or work
ResultRef.
2015Industry Dance AwardsDancers Choice Awards
Favorite Dancer 17 & Under
JoJo SiwaNominated[34]
2016Won[35]
Reality Television AwardsMost Heartfelt MomentDance MomsWon
2017Nickelodeon Kids' Choice AwardsFavorite Viral Music ArtistJoJo SiwaWon
2018Favorite Musical YouTube CreatorWon
2019Favorite TV HostNick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties)Nominated
Favorite Social Music StarJoJo SiwaWon
2020Won[36]

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