Tonight we will find out who the Kid of the Year will be as the special will simulcast across Nickelodeon, TeenNick and Nicktoons on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). That Girl Lay Lay is part of the kid committee that helped to select the five honorees and we had the opportunity to speak to her about that.
Trevor Noah (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah) will return to host the Daytime Emmy® Award-nominated Kid of the Year TV special to highlight the top five honorees, with one outstanding kid ultimately being recognized as TIME Kid of the Year, and featured on the cover of TIME and in additional coverage in TIME For Kids. The Kid of the Year finalists and honorees were selected by an Advisory Board made up of representatives from Nickelodeon, TIME, Special Olympics, Rosie’s Theater Kids and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA to help narrow down the top 20 finalists. Of the 20, the five honorees were selected with the help of a kid committee comprised of Nickelodeon stars Alaya “That Girl Lay Lay” High (That Girl Lay Lay), Dylan “Young Dylan” Gilmer (Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan) and Wolfgang Schaeffer (A Loud House Christmas).
BSCKids: Lay Lay, how did it feel to be selected to the kid committee that was going to help selected the five honorees and what do you feel was the hardest part of this job?
Lay Lay: It felt amazing to be on the kid committee. I had so much fun, and everybody was so sweet and positive to be around. The hardest part of this job was picking the honoree. Everybody had a great impact and had great things going or great inventions so I wanted everybody to win. lol
Tell us a bit about working with Young Dylan and Wolfgang on the committee. Did you get to work with Trevor Noah on the show and how fun was that?
Working with Wolfgang and Young Dylan was really fun. We had great conversations about the honoree and, yes, I did get to work with Trevor Noah which was also amazing!
If you had one message for all the kids that were going to submit for the next year, what would you tell them all?
If I had a message for all the kids who want to submit for next year, I would say go in really positive, be very supportive to all the honorees you’re going up against and really just make sure you’re doing something or have something that stands out and will have an amazing impact on the world.
Do you have the opportunity with your schedule to give back, and if so, what do you do?
Yes, I do have the opportunity in my schedule to give back. Sometimes I’ll go live or make a video showing kids how to make smoothies or how to garden. I show them how to do easy workouts to keep them healthy and I give out positive messages to everybody.
If you could guest star on any Nickelodeon show, past or present, which one would it be and why?
If I could guest star on any TV show it would probably be SpongeBob SquarePants. That’s one of my favorite tv shows on Nickelodeon!
Thanks to That Girl Lay Lay for taking the time to speak to us…