Radio Disney’s N.B.T. (Next BIG Thing) Kicks Off Fifth Season in Orlando; Winner to Appear on ‘Austin & Ally’ (VIDEO)
Another crop of hopefuls are ready to compete on the fifth season of Radio Disney’s N.B.T. (Next BIG Thing) hosted by Jake Whetter. Five young artists have been chosen once again to go head to head — or vocal chord to vocal chord — for another round of RD’s popular singing competition.
Aged from just 12 to 17, the talented young singers will be introduced this weekend in Orlando. And the performers this year are also vying for a guest starring role on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally in addition to their first ever single being released by Disney Music Group.
So who are these Disney chosen ones?
This year’s competition round will feature a two-sister act facing off against four other individual singers.
Chloe and Halle Bailey are R&B singers and actresses from Atlanta, Georgia who already have built a strong fan base. The spunky pair’s cover of Beyonce‘s “Love on Top” has received a whopping 1.8 million views on YouTube!
New Yorker Elle Winter, 13, who is already writing her own songs.
Fellow New Yorker Katherine Hughes, 17, also made the cut for her version of “Put Your Records On.”
Triple threat Damian Otchere, is just 16 years old but already is making a mark as a pop and R&B singer, dancer and actor.
Last but not least, 16-year-old Jack Skuller from Hoboken, New Jersey, who has been writing songs for five years and loves music of yesteryear — rockabilly. Skuller’s original rock song “Love is a Drum” caught the ears of the show’s judges.
“‘Love is a Drum’ is one of my first full length songs I ever wrote,” Skuller said in his audition video (below). “I was like 11-years-old and I was first experiencing heart break.”
This weekend the five “N.B.T.” acts will be playing the first-ever three-night showcase at Walt Disney World Resort’s Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida.
The N.B.T. artists will set off on a massive 15 city tour from July 1, where they will be joined on the road by popular Radio Disney artists, as well as Austin & Ally stars Ross Lynch and Laura Marano.