2011 KIDZ Star USA Kiana Brown poses with one of this year's contestants
Over the weekend we headed to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ for the kick-off of the 2013 KIDZ Star USA Talent Search. Watching the KIDZ BOP Kids perform their new set was so much fun — especially their awesome cover of "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis! We also were lucky enough to hang with super-talented KIDZ Star USA winners Dallas Wayde and Kiana Brown.
"I never thought I'd actually win," Dallas revealed to us. Kiana was just as surprised when American Idol winner Kris Allen showed up at a school assembly to announce that she was the next KIDZ Star — in fact, she was convinced he was there to tell her she'd come in second place!
Do you think YOU have what it takes to be the next KIDZ Star USA Grand Prize Winner, which comes with an RCA Records recording contract?
If you missed out on the fun this past weekend, there are still plenty of chances to audition live all summer long at select Six Flags theme parks across the country. You can also enter online by visiting KidzBop.com and uploading your video entry before August 30th!
According to Kiana, the secret to a good KIDZ Star audition is just being yourself. "Show your personality an people will like you for you," she told us. "You never know what could happen!"
Additional reporting: Marissa Nadeau