August 30th, 2014
From former Mouseketeers to Disney stars and everyone in-between, Much has seen many child stars come through our doors over the last 30 years. They’ve wowed us with their incredible transitions into adulthood, and while some have suffered a few bumps along the way, their fans, including Much, are always there for them. Check out child stars who grew up before our very eyes on Much.
From Barney and Friends to The Wizards of Waverly Place, Selena Gomez has been in the spotlight for almost as long as she’s been alive. The triple-threat dancer, singer and actress hosted the 2011 MMVAs and made an appearance the next year to give 2012 hosts Redfoo and Sky Blu some tips. She’s also appeared on New.Music.Live. and seems to be quite comfortable making Canada her second home.
Gomez isn’t the only friend of the giant purple dinosaur to appear on Much. Disney star Demi Lovato has also made many stops at Queen and John over the years, including her incredible 2013 MMVA medley performance.
Former Mouseketeer Britney Spears first appeared on Much in this interview with Master T from 1999. The pop princess later returned to Much to perform at the MMVAs and to sit down withVJ George Stroumboulopoulos in 2001, which is still one of the most candid interviews we’ve ever seen from the private performer.
Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez
Britney’s ex and fellow former-Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake, along with JC Chasez, appeared at Much many times during the 1990s with NSYNC, performing on Electric Circus and of course, helping to judge dance competitions. The clip below from 1999 even features a future floor director for Much. How cool is that?!
Freaky Friday and Parent Swap star Lindsay Lohan was in town in 2003 to shoot her cult classic Mean Girls when we invited the former child star to the MMVAs. Lohan showed up looking happy and radiant and after watching her as Cady Heron, (about a bazillion times) we know why she was in such a good mood.
The Jonas Brothers
If there’s one thing we’re sure of at Much, it’s that we can’t get enough of those Jo Bros. From three (that’s right, THREE) Live @ Much concert specials, which resulted in shutting down the streets outside of Much to accommodate thousands of screaming fans, to appearing on MOD and NML, to being the first celebrities to co-host the 2009 MMVAs, we’ve been with Nick, Joe and Kevin throughout all the stages of their career and we can’t wait to see where the guys go next.
Child star Corey Feldman made a name for himself in the 1980s with classic youth films like The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys. By the time the 1990s hit, Feldman was ready for a music career. We just weren’t ready for it. Feldman used the Electric Circus stage for one of his first and only performances. You can’t be great at everything.
From Much On Demand to the MMVAs to Live @ Much,
Lizzie McGuire Hilary Duff made frequent trips to Much from 2006 – 2009 and that’s how we like things. With her first album in years only weeks away from being released, we’re hoping the super-sweet Duffster will return to her second home at Much.
Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes appeared at the 2006 MMVAs at the height of her career, having just released She’s The Man and on the verge of Sydney White and Hairspray, which she shot in Toronto. The child star has said she’s retired from acting, but we’re still hoping she’ll make a comeback in the near future.
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
Full House cuties and fashion empire-builders Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were always ready and willing to sit down with Much and meet their fans. The duo appeared a number of times on Much On Demand in the 2000s and were responsible for one of the biggest Live @ Much events in 2005, when thousands of fans shut down the streets outside of Much to get a glimpse of their TV and fashion icons.
No one will ever forget Miley Cyrus’s incredible co-hosting gig at the 2010 MMVAs. The former Hanna Montana star used the evening, including her two performances of Party In The USA and Can’t Be Tamed, as her unofficial adult coming out party. Cyrus was unleashed and in just a few short years become one of the biggest pop stars of her generation.
In celebration of Much’s 30th Anniversary we’re going to be looking at plenty of amazing footage all month long. Keep up with the great anniversary content on Much.ca and by using the hashtag #ForeverYoung. Our special presentation of Much 30 premieres tonight at 9E/6P.Tweet