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Joelle Joanie "JoJo" Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality. She is known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms along with her mother, Jessalynn Siwa, and for her singles "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Store". Siwa posts daily videos of her day-to-day life on her YouTube channel, "Its JoJo Siwa". She was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.
Siwa in September 2018
Joelle Joanie Siwa
May 19, 2003
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Height||1.75 m (5.7 ft)|
|Relatives||Jayden Siwa (brother)|
|Labels||JoJo Siwa Entertainment|
Updated: January 24, 2021
Early life and career
Joelle Joanie Siwa was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 2003, to Jessalynn Siwa (née Lombardi), a professional dance instructor from Iowa, and Tom Siwa, a chiropractor from Nebraska. She has one sibling, an older brother named Jayden Siwa, who is also a vlogger.
Siwa started her career as a top-5 finalist and the youngest contestant on the second season of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, produced by Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms fame. She appeared on the show with her mother and was eliminated in week 9. Siwa soon began to appear on Dance Moms, beginning with auditioning for Miller's "ALDC" dance competition team in 2014 and being selected for the team in early 2015.
In May 2016, Siwa released "Boomerang" for download and a previous single, "I Can Make U Dance." "Boomerang" addresses the subject of online bullying. Its video has been viewed more than 900 million times and received over 2.5 million likes. In 2018, Siwa was named the Breakout Artist of the Year by Vivid Seats.
In 2018, Siwa announced that she would be going on her first major concert tour in 2019, entitled D.R.E.A.M. The Tour. She was scheduled to visit a mixture of theaters, outdoor amphitheaters and stadiums, as well as indoor arenas in a total of 52 cities across the United States and Canada. Additionally, other performances would take place in the United Kingdom and Australia. The tour was scheduled to begin in Phoenix, Arizona on May 17. The first leg of the tour was scheduled to conclude on June 26 in Austin, Texas, before resuming for leg two on July 10 in Orlando, Florida. The final date of the second leg is scheduled to be on August 20 in Vancouver, Canada. She was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in September 2020.
In 2016, Siwa released a line of hairbows in a collaboration with fashion accessory and jewelry company Claire's. The line of hairbows, which were inspired by the hairbows Siwa is known herself for wearing, experienced particular success among primary school pupils in the United Kingdom, where some schools took to banning them for a variety of reasons, including peer pressure, causing distraction from work, the impairment of pupils' concentration, and violation of school dress policies. Due to the bows' popularity, some stores also began selling similar bows. In 2017, Siwa commented that her bows were a "symbol of power, confidence, believing-ness."
Siwa subsequently partnered with the American department store J. C. Penney to release a line of accessories, bedroom decor, and a doll made in her likeness, and has released several books aimed at young children.
Siwa signed with Nickelodeon in 2017, appearing in the film Blurt! with Jace Norman and the show Lip Sync Battle Shorties with Nick Cannon. Siwa later appeared in season 3 of The Masked Singer portraying T-Rex. At the age of 16, she is the youngest contestant to appear on the show.
In January 2021, Spin Master created a card game called "JoJo’s Juice", which contained questions about nudity and theft, despite being marketed toward children ages 6 and older. Siwa later apologized and claimed she was not involved in the game's content development; the game was recalled from all toy store shelves.
Siwa was in a relationship with TikTok star Mark Bontempo from August to November 2020. Siwa came out as being part of the LGBTQ+ community on social media in January 2021. After being asked what her label was by a fan, Siwa stated that she does not label her sexuality, as she "doesn't really know this answer". In February 2021, Siwa revealed that she was in a relationship with her best friend, who had asked her to be her girlfriend a month prior.
- JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz (2017)
- Things I Love: A Fill-In Friendship Book (2018)
- JoJo Loves BowBow: A Day in the Life of the World?s Cutest Canine (2018)
- JoJo's Guide to Making Your Own Fun: #DoItYourself (2018)
- Take the Stage (JoJo and BowBow Book #1) (2018)
- Candy Kisses (JoJo and BowBow Book #2) (2019)
- The Posh Puppy Pageant (JoJo and BowBow Book #3) (2019)
|2013||Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition||Contestant||10 episodes|
|2015||The View||Herself||Performed in group dance "Together We Stand"|
|Good Day L.A.||Herself||Guest|
|Good Day New York||Herself||Guest|
|2015–16||Dance Moms||Herself||Season 5–6|
|2016||Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Costume Party||Ghost/Creepy Girl|
|Make It Pop||Herself||Episode: "Summer Splash Spectacular"|
|Bizaardvark||Herself||Episode: "Bizaardvark vs. Vicki 'Hot Head' Fuego"|
|The Thundermans||Nora's Fan||Episode: "Thundermans: Banished!"|
|2017||Nickelodeon's Not-So-Valentine Special||Girl with Heart/Dancer|
|Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Haunted House||Herself|
|Lip Sync Battle Shorties||Herself||Main role|
|School of Rock||Audrey|
|JoJo Siwa: My World||Herself|
|2018||The JoJo and BowBow Show Show||Herself|
|2019||JoJo's Dream Birthday||Herself|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||Cameo||Episode: "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"|
|All That||Herself||Episode 1106|
|JoJo's Follow Your D.R.E.A.M.||Herself|
|Keeping Up with the Karadashians||Herself||Season 17, Episode: "Three’s Company"|
|JoJo's D.R.E.A.M Concert||Herself|
|Middle School Moguls||Josie (voice)||Episode: "Mo-Gul Money, Mo Problems"|
|2020||The Substitute||Herself||Episode: "JoJo Siwa"|
|The Masked Singer||Herself/T-Rex|
|Celebrity Watch Party||Herself|
|2019||The Angry Birds Movie 2||Jay and Kira (voice)|
|2020||"I Believe in Santa"||Meghan Trainor||A Very Trainor Christmas|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions|
|D.R.E.A.M. The Music||22|
|JoJo's Rockin' Christmas||
|"Kid in a Candy Store”||2017||
|"Hold the Drama”||
|"Every Girl's a Super Girl"||2018|
|"High Top Shoes"|
|"Only Getting Better"||D.R.E.A.M. The Music|
Awards and nominations
person or work
|2015||Industry Dance Awards||Dancers Choice Awards
Favorite Dancer 17 & Under
|Reality Television Awards||Most Heartfelt Moment||Dance Moms||Won|
|2017||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Viral Music Artist||JoJo Siwa||Won|
|2018||Favorite Musical YouTube Creator||Won|
|2019||Favorite TV Host||Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties)||Nominated|
|Favorite Social Music Star||JoJo Siwa||Won|
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