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LeBron James, Chloe Kim, Stephen Curry, Serena Williams, Russell Wilson, Odell Beckham, Allisha Gray, Rob Gronkowski, Kevin Durant, Venus Williams, Antonio Brown, Lindsey Vonn, Shaun White, Alex Morgan, James Harden, Laurie Hernandez and host Chris Paul took home coveted orange mohawked blimps at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018, the only show that celebrates the intersection of kids’ culture with their favorite athletes. Hosted by Houston Rockets’ point guard and former NBA All-Star MVP Chris Paul, Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 was taped live Thursday, July 19, from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., and will premiere Friday, July 20, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) as a simulcast on Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons.
Motor-sport pioneer Danica Patrick was honored with the Legend Award at this year’s show, in recognition of her trailblazing achievements and outstanding sportsmanship. Upon receiving her golden mohawked award, Patrick received the ultimate honor, being doused from head to toe in glistening gold slime.
During the show, kid-athlete Yamato Nguessan competed in the Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 Half-Court Shot, and walked away with a trip to Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America.
The slime-filled celebration also featured superstar athletes competing in four grand-scale, sports-themed challenges:
- In the Michael Strahan-hosted Shake N’ Break challenge, P.K. Subban, Mikaela Shiffrin, Ibtihaj Muhammad and P.J. Tucker gave the classic Musical Chairs dance game a sporty twist, dancing popular viral dances in the Shake Zone and breaking funny and messy items in the Break Zone, ending with a race through a sneaker box wall to be the first to hit the buzzer and win the chance to present the first award.
- The JoJo Siwa-hosted Battle Carts Royale challenge tested the throwing accuracy of Winter Olympics medalists Shaun White, Chloe Kim, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani. as teams of two raced against each other in shopping carts, tossing out t-shirts to the audience in a race to hit a final target and trigger the dunking of their Nickelodeon Knight Squad teammate into a tank holding 1500 gallons of slime.
- In the Slime Dunk challenge, two real kid superfans got the opportunity to shoot free throws in a one-on-one challenge, for the chance to dunk their basketball idols, Candace Parker and Isaiah Thomas, into six-foot-high slime-filled dunk tanks!
- And to celebrate the return of Double Dare, Liza Koshy and Marc Summers brought the iconic Double Care obstacle course to Kids’ Choice Sports. In a special end-of-show moment, host Chris Paul fulfilled a childhood fantasy, running the super-sized and super messy course in a head-to-head showdown against the most decorated Olympian in history, Michael Phelps.
Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 will be the first show powered by Nickelodeon’s SCREENS UP app which allows viewers to experience the show like never before through Augmented Reality on their mobile devices. Available now on the App Store and via Google Play, Nickelodeon’s SCREENS UP will feature four eye-popping AR TV moments throughout the show including flying blimps, gold slime, a chance to take on Chris Paul in an interactive basketball game and more. SCREENS UP also provides fans with a robust second screen experience, while featuring AR-enhanced interactivity such as games and stickers of Nickelodeon characters that users can interact with in their world.
Nickelodeon will have a robust digital offering for Kids’ Choice Sports 2018, supplying content before, during and after the big show on KCS2018.com, the Nick App on iOS and Android devices, as well as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Kids and families from around the country showed their support for their favorite athletes, teams and sports moments by voting in 18 categories from 6/13-7/19.
On Friday, July 20, kids will be able to play along throughout the broadcast by casting their votes to impact the show, taking polls to root for their favorite athletes, creating memes and engaging with photos and videos from the event. Nick.com/kids-choice-sports/ will provide the exclusive access to all the stars and athletes all night long.
Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 will encore Friday, July 20, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, July 21, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon; Monday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on TeenNick; and Friday, July 27, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nicktoons. The telecast will also be available via Nickelodeon on Demand beginning Saturday, July 21.
The following are Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 winners:
FAVORITE FEMALE ATHLETE
Alex Morgan, NWSL, Orlando Pride, US Women’s National Team
FAVORITE MALE ATHLETE
LeBron James, NBA, Cleveland Cavaliers
KING OF SWAG
Odell Beckham Jr., NFL, New York Giants
QUEEN OF SWAG
Serena Williams, WTA
Russell Wilson, NFL, Seattle Seahawks
Rob Gronkowski, NFL, New England Patriots
CLUTCH PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kevin Durant, NBA, Golden State Warriors
DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME
Chloe Kim, Professional Snowboarder, US Team
Allisha Gray, WNBA, Dallas Wings
HANDS OF GOLD
Antonio Brown, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers
Venus Williams, WTA
NEED FOR SPEED
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing, US Team
NOTHING BUT NET
Chris Paul, NBA, Houston Rockets
Stephen Curry, NBA, Golden State Warriors
Shaun White, Professional Snowboarder, US Team
Laurie Hernandez, Gymnastics
MOST VALUABLE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
James Harden, 2018 NBA MVP
PLAY OF THE YEAR
LeBron James Alley Oop to Himself, NBA Cleveland Cavaliers
Sponsors for Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 include Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Crest®, milk it! Olive Garden® and Verizon.
Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Sports 2018 is produced by Done and Dusted in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers. Constance Schwartz and Michael Strahan of SMAC Entertainment will serve as executive producers, alongside Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton of Done and Dusted with Hamilton also serving as director of the show.
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