Nickelodeon has found its host and judges for America’s Most Musical Family, its new series slated to premiere in the fall. Nick Lachey will host, with Grammy winner Ciara, digital sensation David Dobrik and singer-songwriter-actor Debbie Gibson manning the judges panel.
The kids and family network in February first announced its latest foray into the music competition genre, following its success with Lip Sync Battle Shorties. The new show, which begins production this week, will see 30 families competing across genres — from pop to hip-hop to Latin to opera — for a recording contract with Republic Records and a $250,000 cash prize.
Lachey has had various turns on the small screen and knows a thing or two about performing in a music group with a family member. He and his brother Drew are part of the boy band 98 Degrees, which formed in the ‘90s and continues to perform today.
“Drew and I are best friends and for me it’s been very special and meaningful to go through the experience with someone I already care so much about. You her about some siblings, the Gallagher brothers or whoever, who fight like maniacs and then the group ends up breaking up,” he tells Billboard, referencing the ongoing Oasis stalemate between Noel and Liam Gallagher. “But we are very much the opposite scenario.”
Lachey says his hosting vibe will be all about having a good time. “First of all, I want everyone to have fun — not only the viewing audience but also all the groups that are a part of this.”
Gibson, who holds the record as the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a No. 1 Billboard single with 1987’s “Foolish Beat,” says she’s been “floored” by the level of talent on the show. “We didn’t have the Internet, we were essentially inspired by whatever records our parents had on, or watching Donnie and Marie on Friday nights. To hear all of these different influences in their musical styles and arrangements is amazing.”
“I’m most excited to sit front row and watch all of these talented families put on a great show, and see all the kids put on twists to all of my favorite songs,” says Dobrik, who leads YouTube ensemble the Vlog Squad.