Former child star Nikki Webster has capped off a successful year back in the spotlight by announcing that she’s bringing the hugely popular US TV show Dance Moms, down under in 2020.
Fresh from her appearance as the Alien on Channel 10’s hit The Masked Singer, the iconic Aussie singer and dancer revealed the exciting news in a video she shared on Instagram on Tuesday.
“Hey guys, it’s Nikki Webster, and Dance Moms - well, we might call it Dance ‘Mums’ - is coming to Australia,” the 32-year-old said.
“I’m searching for the best elite dance troupe in the world and I need you to audition,” she added.
The caption for the post included more details about Dance Moms Australia, stating that casting is now open for girls and boys aged eight to 16-years-old.
Hopeful applicants are asked to upload two 60-second videos to Youtube - one of them performing a dance routine and one of them having a chat with their parent or caregiver - then email the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As yet, the premiere date, network and host are all unconfirmed, however Yahoo Lifestyle has contacted Nikki’s rep for comment.
What is Nikki Webster doing now?
Since becoming a household name at age 13 through her performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, Nikki released her debut single ‘Strawberry Kisses’ the following year, followed by a full-length album, Let's Dance, in 2004.
She released a single, ‘Devilicious’, in May 2009, but seemed to retreat from the spotlight with the exception of a few appearances on breakfast television, and a stint on Dancing with the Stars in 2005.
Nikki now runs a successful chain of dance studios and is also mum to daughter Skylah, five, and almost-two-year-old son Malachi, who she shares with her husband of seven years, Matthew McMah.
Back in January, Nikki released her first song in 18 years, ‘Move Your Body,’ and in October returned to the small screen as Alien on The Masked Singer.
And after her unmasking, Nikki hinted at new music on the way, saying she’s “been writing some tracks I love, so, you never know”.
Will Dance Moms Australia be the same as the US version?
Well, it’s early days so we’ll just have to wait and see, but if it’s anything like the US version, Dance Moms Australia will make for interesting viewing.
The original Dance Moms is hosted by dance school owner - and now convicted felon - Abby Lee Miller who has quite the reputation for being feisty, demanding and harsh to both her young students and their mothers.
After seven seasons and 224 episodes on the Lifetime channel, rumours began swirling in 2018 that the show had been cancelled following Abby Lee’s jail time for fraud and her subsequent cancer diagnosis.
Following her treatment which saw her require use of a wheelchair, Abby Lee was back for an eighth season which aired in June this year, however season nine is unconfirmed.
Dance Moms has given rise to a British version, Dance Mums with Jennifer Ellison, which lasted just two seasons, and stars such as Maddie Ziegler, who has appeared in several of Sia’s music videos.
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