Former “X Factor” U.S. contestants Rachel Crow and One Direction are among those who will be attending the Nickelodeon’s 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on March 31, 2012. And the celebrity whom they want to meet the most at event is Will Smith, who is hosting the awards show event.
One Direction’s Liam Payne commented in an OK! magazine (U.S.) interview about the stars he’s most excited to meet at the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards: “There’s two guys for me: David Beckham and Will Smith, for sure.”
Will Smith and One Direction did a promotional video for the awards show, but they filmed their segments separately. When One Direction was on “The X Factor” U.K. tour in 2011, the group peformed the theme song to Smith’s former sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Crow told Celebuzz: “I’m looking forward to seeing Will Smith, because I’ve never met him before, and I’m really excited. Willow [Smith] sang on ‘X Factor,’ and we hung out a little bit, and I met her brother [Jaden]. I met Jada Pinkett Smith, but I haven’t met [Will Smith] yet. I want to meet the whole family!”
She gave an exclusive backstage tour of the awards show to “Entertainment Tonight.”
Crow, 14, came in fifth place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2011. One Direction came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010.
Although it hasn’t been announced yet, Crow will likely make an on-stage appearance at the awards show. She is a rising star at Nickelodeon, which has signed her to have a recurring role on sitcom “Fred: The Show” and a starring role in a still-untitled musical TV pilot which could turn into a series.
E! Online reports that in one of the “Fred: The Show” episodes, “Fred (Lucas Cruikshank) enlists Starr [played by Crow] to be his campaign manager in his quest to be class president. When the election gets dirty, Starr decides to run against Fred and his opponent, Kevin (Jake Weary).”
One Direction is set to perform “What Makes You Beautiful” on the 2012 Kids’ Choice Awards. One Direction has also signed a development deal with Nickelodeon. But as I exclusively reported, the group will not be doing a scripted series for Nickelodeon but instead will be exploring other options. One Direction made a guest appearance on Nickelodeon sitcom “iCarly” in an episode that premieres April 7, 2012 in the U.S., and April 16, 2012, in the U.K.
One Direction and Crow are both signed to Syco Music/Columbia Records in the U.S., and both of their respective first North American tours have been as the opening act for Nickelodeon boy band Big Time Rush. One Direction toured with Big Time Rush for three weeks in February/March 2012, and Crow is touring with Big Time Rush in the summer of 2012.
One Direction and Crow also attended Nickelodeon’s 2012 New York City upfront event on March 14. Crow performed at the event, but One Direction did not. Crow performed Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” at the event, and she did the same song when Nickelodeon had its 2012 Los Angeles upfront event on March 27. One Direction did not attend the Los Angeles upfront since the band was in Montreal on that date.
March 31, 2012 update: One Direction’s Harry Styles posted this message on Twitter: “Oh!! We met Will Smith yesterday…Really nice guy…cool hat.”