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Dwayne Johnson really knows how to make an entrance.
The first-time host of Nickelodeon’s 22nd annual Kids’ Choice Awards sailed across UCLA’s packed Pauley Pavilion on Saturday on a zip line, carrying a silver case and landing triumphantly on the elaborate KCA stage, dubbed the Slime Pyramid, as the audience roared its approval.
Johnson vowed to deliver “the best sliming in the history of the Kids Choice Awards — ever” and unleashed the first signature KCA dousing of the evening when he cut a green wire hidden in the case.
The KCAs honor kids’ favorites in film, television, music, sports, books and games. More than 90 million people cast their votes March 2-28 in 18 categories online at Nick.com and at Nick’s new mobile web site, wap.nick.com.
The first award of the evening went to Nick’s “iCarly,” named favorite TV show.
Jack Black, who picked up the favorite animated voice prize for bringing life to the title character in DreamWorks’ “Kung Fu Panda,” arrived onstage in a motorcycle sidecar to accept his award. “Skadoosh,” Black said, echoing his character’s signature phrase. “I am touched, I am moved, I am pumped, and I am jazzed. I promise you will try my hardest to make ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ even more awesome than that first one.”
Will Smith was named favorite movie actor. Vanessa Hudgens, who thanked her little sister Stella “for asking all her friends at school to vote,” was named favorite actress. “High School Musical 3” claimed the prize as favorite movie, while “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” nabbed the favorite animated movie prize.
Miley Cyrus’ win as favorite female singer caught her by surprise. “I really thought I was going to lose,” she said tearfully. “Unlike any other awards show, it’s all because of you guys, so thank you guys so much.”
Jesse McCartney claimed the favorite male singer prize, while favorite song honors went to Beyonce for “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”
Other Orange Blimp winners included Dylan Sprouse (TV actor), Selena Gomez (TV actress), Peyton Manning (male athlete), Candace Parker (female athlete), “American Idol” (reality show), “SpongeBob SquarePants” (cartoon) and Guitar Hero World Tour (video game). Favorite book honors went to Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight” series.
The Jonas Brothers, who sang their hits “Burning Up” and “SOS” for the ecstatic crowd, were crowned favorite musical group. The Pussycat Dolls also revved up the audience with energetic renditions of “Jai Ho” and “When I Grow Up.”
The animated character Rico, from Nick’s “The Penguins of Madagascar,” claimed the Burp Award prize, given in past years to such celebrities as Hugh Jackman and Cameron Diaz.
Diaz was on hand to deliver the first-ever Big Green Help Award to Leonardo DiCaprio for his extensive environmental efforts.
“I want to thank Nickelodeon for encouraging the next generation to protect our planet by creating this award,” he said before addressing the kids in the audience. “Our Mother Earth is hurting, and she needs a generation of thoughtful, caring and active kids like all of you to protect her for the future. You are the future. … Keep learning about this planet we live on. … Get your friends, gets your parents, get your teachers involved let them know how important it is to save this planet — not just for us but for the next generation.”
As Johnson promised, the show’s trademark green slime was free flowing throughout the ceremony. Will Ferrell set the world record for the first-ever “Slip n’ Slime” by traveling more than 200 feet on the green goop. McCartney, Hugh Jackman and Sandra Bullock were all victims as well.
But the biggest sliming came at the end of the show when Johnson performed a rousing Polynesian dance to summon the slime gods (aka the Jonas Brothers) to drench the audience one more time. They were not disappointed as they were soaked with the biggest sliming to date.
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