Last August 31, Nickelodeon’s new musical comedy Make It Pop aired for the first time on tv. The show is about three girls–aspiring pop diva Sun Hi (Megan Lee), fashionista Jodi (Louriza Tronco), and bookworm Corki (Erika Tham)–who must learn to live together in harmony after they have been assigned to be roommates at boarding school. With the help of their classmate, aspring DJ Caleb (Dale Whibley), the girls come together to form their own K-pop band, XO-IQ.
The band eventually becomes a school-wide sensation, which led them to compete for a slot in the upcoming school musical. How will they balance music, grades, and relationships? You’ll have to watch the show to find out!
DID YOU KNOW? Research from Viacom International Media Networks’ The Next Normal study found that listening to music and watching television are two of the top activities children between 9 and 14 years old enjoy when they are stressed. Make It Pop features original songs and performances with a modern pop twist and an EDM beat from the show’s emerging, real-life group, XO-IQ.
Make It Pop is co-created by Thomas W. Lynch and Nick Cannon–two of my favorites from my younger years! Who wouldn’t know The Secret World of Alex Mack and All That, right? 90s kids, raise your hands! :D Anyway. Back to Make It Pop. The show is produced by DHX Media with musical direction led by Bill Silva Entertainment and music supervision by Peter Coquillard and Pilar McCurry of Silva Music Publishing. XO-IQ is managed by Bill Silva Management.
The show’s cast includes Megan Lee, an ethnic Korean who is a rising YouTube superstar, Louriza Tronco who is a Canadian with Filipino descent with a background in theatre, and Erika Tham who is a born Singaporean with Malaysian, Chinese, Dutch, and Ukranian heritage. This cast is definitely something many Asian tweens can relate to!
I was able to catch this week’s episode and I have to say, it’s an interesting show dealing with usual tween issues on chasing dreams and meeting parents’ expectations at the same time. If I had a tween, this show would be perfect to start a discussion on these matters.
Make It Pop airs on Mondays 5 p.m. (TH/WIB), 6 p.m. (HK/MY/SG), and 6:30 p.m. (PH). If you don’t allow your tween to watch on weekdays, they can catch up on the episode on weekends through Nickelodeon Asia Online. Here you can access not just the re-runs, but also additional content like original music videos, sing-a-long videos, how-to-dance videos, and a quiz game.
Have you seen the show too? What do you think about it?