PrankStars Premier of Pranks on Disney Channel with Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan – review
PrankStars is a cute show along the lines of Punk’d, only it is kid friendly and with Disney stars. The premier episode had two of their biggest stars, Debby Ryan and Selena Gomez. Mitchel Musso hosts the funny show.
It kicked off with Mary being the “biggest” fan of Selena. So they pair those two in a fake bubble gum commercial. Mary has no idea that she is working with Selena–she just thinks that the girl looks like Selena. The director picks on them both, but more so on Selena. Mary feels bad and sasses back, but poor Selena acts as if she cannot dance or sing. At one point, she makes her break, and they tell Mary who she is really working with.
I love the fact that they kept the truth from Mary until the end. It really felt like a real prank, and it was fun to see how they had set it up. Plus the dancing and singing was very entertaining. I think that might be the best prank of the night, simply because they stuck with the real prank TV platform.
Next was Albany, who is a fan of Debby Ryan. She went to a fake store to buy clothes, only to find out a celebrity was hosting a fashion show. That celebrity turned out to be a sick Debby, who needs Albany to help out. Albany, as any girl would, agreed to do the fashion show. She has to do the fitting, which Debby guides. She offers horrid advice and helped make a fool out of Albany. The fake fashion line is piled on top of Albany, who believes they have fashion rules. After a few more moments of tricking Albany, the truth comes out, and she is shocked. But it ends well with all being happy.
I am not a fan of them letting the victim know that the star is a star. I much prefer to see the victims not know who the stars are until the end of the prank. It makes it more real as a prank than someone knowing who you really are. Being up front about the celebrity’s identity also takes away the element of surprise in a lot of ways.
The final prank of the night featured Mitchel, who pretends that his best friend was supposed to arrive for an event. But since he did not, he recruits Luke. Luke has to play the part and dress in the clothes that Mitchel provides. Then they do some crazy stuff to help prove that they’re BFFs, like rapping together and feeding each other. However, all good things must come to an end, and Luke finds out the truth.
Again, I was not crazy about how it was played out. They need the element of surprise about the pranker’s identity, which I think is what makes a prank a good prank. With that being said, I did like the wild things they had to do, and that helped to make up for Mitchel not hiding his identity.
As a whole, I enjoyed the show. I expected it to be a lot like Punk’d. While it does not follow the exact same format, the concept is very similar. So I did enjoy it, even if I don’t exactly agree with the way two of the three pranks were handled. What do you think about the new show?