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JoJo Siwa
JoJo Siwa 2.jpg
Siwa in September 2018
Joelle Joanie Siwa

(2003-05-19) May 19, 2003 (age 17)[1]
Years active2013–present
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
  • Tom Siwa (father)
  • Jessalynn Siwa (mother)
RelativesJayden Siwa (brother)
Musical career
YouTube information
Years active2015–present[4]
  • 12. million
Total views
  • 3.3 billion
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2015
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2016
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg 10,000,000 subscribers 2019

Updated: November 28, 2020

Joelle Joanie "JoJo" Siwa (born May 19, 2003) is an American dancer, singer, actress, and YouTube personality. She is known for appearing for two seasons on Dance Moms along with her mother, Jessalynn Siwa, and for her singles "Boomerang" and "Kid in a Candy Store". Siwa posts daily videos of her day-to-day life on her YouTube channel, "Its JoJo Siwa".[5] She was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.

Early life and career

Siwa performing "Hold the Drama"
Siwa's "D.R.E.A.M." music video

Joelle Joanie Siwa was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 2003, to Jessalynn Siwa (née Lombardi), a professional dance instructor from Iowa, and Tom Siwa, a chiropractor from Nebraska.[6][7] She has one sibling, an older brother named Jayden Siwa, who is also a vlogger.[8]

Siwa started her career as a top-5 finalist and the youngest contestant on the second season of Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, produced by Abby Lee Miller of Dance Moms fame.[9] She appeared on the show with her mother and was eliminated in week 9.[10] Siwa soon began to appear on Dance Moms, beginning with auditioning for Miller's "ALDC" dance competition team in 2014 and being selected for the team in early 2015.[11][12][13]

In May 2016, Siwa released "Boomerang" for download and a previous single, "I Can Make U Dance." "Boomerang" addresses the subject of online bullying.[11][14] Its video has been viewed more than 900 million times and received over 2.5 million likes. In 2018, Siwa was named the Breakout Artist of the Year by Vivid Seats.[15]

In 2018, Siwa announced that she would be going on her first major concert tour in 2019, entitled D.R.E.A.M. The Tour. She was scheduled to visit a mixture of theaters, outdoor amphitheaters and stadiums, as well as indoor arenas in a total of 52 cities across the United States and Canada. Additionally, other performances would take place in the United Kingdom and Australia. The tour was scheduled to begin in Phoenix, Arizona on May 17. The first leg of the tour was scheduled to conclude on June 26 in Austin, Texas, before resuming for leg two on July 10 in Orlando, Florida. The final date of the second leg is scheduled to be on August 20 in Vancouver, Canada.[16] She was included on Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world in September 2020.[17]

Other ventures

Known to audiences for wearing large, colorful bows in her hair, Siwa released a line of bows in 2016: JoJo's Bows, to be sold at Claire's, a fashion-accessory company aimed at 6-to-12-year-old girls. Her bows found a strong following among primary-school pupils in the United Kingdom. They were ultimately subject to bans as teachers discovered that students unable to afford the bows, which retail for approximately £8 to £12 each, were bullied by their peers. Other reasons these schools gave for the bans were distraction, harmed students' concentration, and violated the schools' dress code policies.[18] Due to the bows' price and popularity, some stores began selling similar, homemade bows.[19] In 2017 Siwa, whose bows are featured heavily in her music videos and general wardrobe, said they are a "symbol of power, confidence, believing-ness."[19]

Siwa subsequently partnered with the American department store J. C. Penney to release a line of accessories, bedroom decor, and a doll made in her likeness and has released several books aimed at young children.[20][21]

In June 2019, the FDA issued a warning about dangerous levels of asbestos in a JoJo Siwa-branded cosmetics kit, prompting Claire's to recall the product.[22][23]

JoJo signed with Nickelodeon in 2017. She was in the film Blurt! with Jace Norman and the show Lip Sync Battle Shorties with Nick Cannon.

JoJo later appeared in season 3 of The Masked Singer portraying T-Rex. At the age of 16, she is the youngest contestant to appear on the show.

In January 2021, Nickelodeon created a trivia board game about JoJo’s series “JoJo’s Juice”, containing inappropriate, weird, and disgusting questions in the game.[24] Later JoJo responded, apologizing for the situation and claiming she was not involved in the game's content development; the game was recalled from all toy store shelves.[25]


  • JoJo's Guide to the Sweet Life: #PeaceOutHaterz (2017) [26]
  • Things I Love: A Fill-In Friendship Book (2018)
  • JoJo Loves BowBow: A Day in the Life of the World?s Cutest Canine (2018)
  • JoJo's Guide to Making Your Own Fun: #DoItYourself (2018)
  • Take the Stage (JoJo and BowBow Book #1) (2018)
  • Candy Kisses (JoJo and BowBow Book #2) (2019)
  • The Posh Puppy Pageant (JoJo and BowBow Book #3) (2019)


Television series

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition Contestant 10 episodes
2015 The View Herself Performed in group dance "Together We Stand"[27]
Good Day L.A. Herself Guest[28]
Good Day New York Herself Guest[29]
2015–16 Dance Moms Herself Season 5–6
2016 Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Costume Party Ghost/Creepy Girl
Make It Pop Herself Episode: "Summer Splash Spectacular"[30]
Bizaardvark Herself Episode: "Bizaardvark vs. Vicki 'Hot Head' Fuego"
The Thundermans Nora's Fan Episode: "Thundermans: Banished!"
2017 Nickelodeon's Not-So-Valentine Special Girl with Heart/Dancer[31]
Nickelodeon's Ultimate Halloween Haunted House Herself
Lip Sync Battle Shorties Herself Main role
School of Rock Audrey
JoJo Siwa: My World Herself
2018 The JoJo and BowBow Show Show Herself[32]
2019 JoJo's Dream Birthday Herself
SpongeBob SquarePants Cameo Episode: "SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"
All That Herself Episode 1106
JoJo's Follow Your D.R.E.A.M. Herself
Keeping Up with the Karadashians Herself Season 17, Episode: "Three’s Company"
JoJo's D.R.E.A.M Concert Herself
Middle School Moguls Josie (voice) Episode: "Mo-Gul Money, Mo Problems"
2020 The Substitute Herself Episode: "JoJo Siwa"
The Masked Singer Herself/T-Rex
Celebrity Watch Party Herself


Year Title Role
2018 Blurt! Victoria
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Jay and Kira (voice)


Extended plays

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications shown
Title Details Peak chart positions

D.R.E.A.M. The Music 22
  • Released: April 12, 2019[35]
  • Label: Viacom International
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
JoJo's Rockin' Christmas
  • Released: November 13, 2020[36]
  • Label: Viacom International
  • Format: Digital download, streaming


Title Year Certifications Album
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[37]
Non-album singles
"Kid in a Candy Store 2017
"Hold the Drama
"Every Girl's a Super Girl" 2018
"High Top Shoes"
"Only Getting Better" D.R.E.A.M. The Music
"Bop!" 2019 Celebrate
"Nonstop"[38][39] 2020 Non-album singles

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated
person or work
Result Ref.
2015 Industry Dance Awards Dancers Choice Awards
Favorite Dancer 17 & Under
JoJo Siwa Nominated [40]
2016 Won [41]
Reality Television Awards Most Heartfelt Moment Dance Moms Won
2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Viral Music Artist JoJo Siwa Won
2018 Favorite Musical YouTube Creator Won
2019 Favorite TV Host Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties) Nominated
Favorite Social Music Star JoJo Siwa Won
2020 Won [42]


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  40. ^ "Industry Dance Awards Dancers Choice Awards 2015 – Nominees". Industry Dance Awards.
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