In an era of just way, way, way too many award shows, Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice show continues to amaze in scope and the sheer number of A-listers that show up, willing to be doused with goo.
On Saturday, take a deep breath: Will Smith, Lindsay Lohan, Chris Rock, Kelly Clarkson, Drake Bell, Jamie Lynn Spears, Lance Armstrong, Jesse McCartney, Green Day, SpongeBob SquarePants and Harry Potter were among those that showed up and captured the archly-coveted Kids’ Choice Blimp Awards. All this during Nickelodeon’s 19th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards live telecast from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion.
According to show organizers, a record-breaking 25 million kids voted in a total of 16 categories on Nick.com and via cell phones by wireless text messaging from March 6th to April 1st. Voted this year’s Favorite Movie Actor for Hitch, Will Smith walked off with his fifth Blimp. Lindsay Lohan nabbed the award for Favorite Movie Actress for her performance in Herbie Fully Loaded. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire triumphed as Favorite Movie. Chris Rock clinched Favorite Voice in an Animated Movie (Madagascar).
In a show highlight, winner Chris Rock accepted a second special award from presenters Shawn and Marlon Wayans. The coveted “Wannabe Award,” an annual honor bestowed on a celebrity role model who kids most “want to be.”
Slime has long been the central image of the awards and this year was no exception. In one instance, U.S. Olympic Freestyle Aerial Skier Ryan St. Onge nailed a gravity-defying freestyle ski stunt off a snowy slope, plunging into a 10,000-gallon tank of Nickelodeon’s signature green goo. And in a climactic moment of mess, slime showers splashed down on a surprised Robin Williams.
The entire awards telecast will Sunday, April 9th at 1 p.m. Kids Choice Awards: Best of the Mess, a 30-minute program, will air Tuesday, April 4th at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 6th at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 8th at 11:30 a.m.