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Magazine » July August 2012 Issue » Nickelodeon Figure it Out!

Nickelodeon Figure it Out!

Michael Mecham
Date Published:
July 1, 2012

"Giving kids a TV platform to showcase their quirky personal talents is core to the fun of Figure it Out," said Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon's President of Development and Original Programming. "Combine this with slime and a panel of fiercely competitive Nick stars and you have a game that is uniquely Nickelodeon." Every Figure It Out episode features a panel of four stars trying to guess the unique talent or accomplishment of the contestants by asking yes or no questions. For every round the panel fails to figure it out, the contestant wins a prize. If, after three rounds, the panel can't figure out the kid's unique skill, the contestant takes home the grand prize. Each game culminates in the reveal of the talent with an in-studio demo.

Two members of USA Dance were able to compete on the "Figure it Out" game show, and on July 18, it was aired to the world. Michelle Yiu and Kinsley Lin have been dancing together for almost two years. These members of the San Francisco chapter have really shone in the competitive arena. They placed second in Junior I Championship Latin and third in Junior I Championship Ten Dance competition at the 2012 National DanceSport Championships. Their placement at the national competition is what gave them the opportunity to apply to be on the show. The panel of judges failed to guess what Michelle and Kinsley's unique talent was, so the two dancers ended up winning a kayak, a backpack, a Mobo Cruiser, and a trip to Atlantis Paradise Island. They were also able to demonstrate a cha cha routine at the end of the show. For Michelle, the whole experience was a dream come true:

"One of my dreams has been to be on TV. I was lucky to be given a chance to achieve my dream on May 2, 2012. The day started out like any other day, wake up, brush my teeth, eat breakfast, and go to school. At lunchtime, my mom took me out of school early. She told me that she received an email from the public relations director of USA Dance, Angela Prince, stating that my partner, Kinsley Lin, and I might get a chance to be on TV! I made a video of my partner and I dancing and posted it on YouTube so the casting producers could decide who they wanted on the game show.

"The next day my mom received a call from the casting producer, saying that we got picked to go to Los Angeles to shoot for Figure It Out. That Saturday we went down to the Paramount Studios and shot our episode for Figure it Out. In our episode, the four panelists were Ariana Grande, Jennette McCurdy, Noah Crawford, and Ciara Bravo. It was amazing to meet actual stars from Nickelodeon," stated Michelle Yiu

This chance to be on TV was a huge opportunity for Michelle and Kinsley, but also for USA Dance and ballroom dancing in general. Nickelodeon reaches more than 214 million households worldwide. Increasing the popularity and exposure of ballroom dancing is the main goal of USA Dance, and that's exactly what this show provided. Michelle and Kinsley learned a lot from this experience and while they were a little nervous for their first TV appearance, they look forward to hopefully getting another chance to be on TV and sharing their dancing talents with others.