Nickelodeon has found its judges for the upcoming series America’s Most Musical Family. The kids’ network announced in February that it would go into the music competition genre following the success of Lip Sync Battle Shorties. According to Billboard, the new show which begins production this week will see 30 families competing across genres from pop to hip-hop to Latin and Opera for a recording contract with Republic Records and a cash prize of $250,000.
Among the panel of judges is former 80s pop icon Debbie Gibson who holds the record as the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a number-one billboard single with the 1987 hit “Foolish Beat”. Gibson says about being on the show that she’s “floored” by the level of talent on the series.
“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.”
Gibson is joined by Grammy-winner Ciara and YouTube sensation David Dobrik who says he is excited to watch all of the families compete.
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.
Rounding out the competition series is host Nick Lachey.