Tori and the Hollywood Arts gang find themselves battling it out for the karaoke crown in Nickelodeon’s first-ever hour-long Victorious special, “Freak the Freak Out,” premiering Friday, Nov. 26, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
“Freak the Freak Out” features two new songs: the title track featuring a performance by Victoria Justice; and “Give It Up” featuring a performance by co-stars Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande.
Among its other recent forays toward kids’ entertainment, Nickelodeon Consumer Products (NCP) decided to join hands with Simon & Schuster to release Dora the Explorer in World School Day Adventure, the first-ever jacketed hardcover Dora the Explorer storybook.
It is being released in celebration of Dora’s 10th Anniversary. Penned by Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and humanitarian Shakira, this brand-new global adventure features an animated character of the songstress herself. (Read: Shakira Gets Animated for Children Storybook)
Moreover, Nickelodeon favorite and two-time Kids’ Choice Awards host Jack Black reunites with his School of Rock co-star Miranda Cosgrove in a new hour-long iCarly television movie, “iStart a Fan War.”
It is premiering Friday, Nov. 19, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Black stars as “Aspartamay,” Spencer’s online video game rival who challenges him to lyrical duel in the Comic-Con-inspired special. (Read: Jack Black in TV Movie iStart a Fan War)
And the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, joined Nickelodeon in celebrating the network’s seventh annual Worldwide Day of Play by sharing a special message.
She encouraged kids and families to turn off their televisions and computers and to get out and play. (Read: Michelle Obama Has a Special Message for Kids)
The song “Freak the Freak Out” will be available for sale on iTunes, Tuesday, Nov. 23.
Nickelodeon will give Victorious fans an additional treat on Saturday, Nov. 27, with a never-before-seen inside look at the life of Justice in 7 Secrets: Victoria Justice premiering at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
In “Freak the Freak Out,” Tori (Justice) and her friends are excited to try out Karaoke Dokie, a karaoke club that features weekly singing competitions.
On competition night, Jade (Gillies) and Cat (Grande) partner on a prize-worthy performance, but the club’s owner rigs the competition so his daughter and her obnoxious friend win.
Tori and the gang have to figure out a way to expose the cheating girls and show everyone who can really sing.
“‘Freak the Freak Out’ is a great showcase for the super talented girls of Victorious,” said Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon’s president, Development and Original Programming. “Not only are they gifted comedic actresses, but they really bring it to a musical performance.”
Nickelodeon will continue Thanksgiving weekend with a special inside look at a day in the life of Justice in 7 Secrets: Victoria Justice.
In the half-hour special, Justice gives fans the scoop on her life off the set, revealing her love of fashion, her secret to hitting the high notes and her perspectives on happiness and dreaming big.
She also takes viewers along on visits to her favorite clothing and record stores.
Leading up to the hour-long special, Nickelodeon will also debut the music video for “Freak the Freak Out” featuring Justice and the Victorious cast.
Set inside a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, the video features the Victorious cast in a dance-off with other clubgoers to the title track.
The premiere of Victorious “Freak the Freak Out” will be simulcast on Nick Mobile, and clips from the special, behind-the-scenes content and the “Freak the Freak Out” music video also will be available for streaming on Nick.com and via Nick’s wireless partners.
The special will also be made available for download in HD on iTunes, Amazon, Sony and Xbox. The Slap.com will also feature a Freak the Freak Out Karaoke Game where a part of the song is played and players have to guess the next line.
Additionally, “Freak the Freak Out” will be supported on Facebook through a partnership with social gaming application, Mall World. Leading up to the premiere, Mall World users will be able to visit a Victorious boutique and outfit their avatars with exclusive Victorious-themed items.
Since its launch last April, Victorious has been the number-one program in its timeslot on all TV with tweens 9-14 and teens 12-17, reaching 15.1 million tweens and 11.4 million teens each quarter, said Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is a leading entertainment brand for kids.