Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated, Jive Records recording artist Jordin Sparks makes waves in the brand-new Team Umizoomi special, “The Legend of the Blue Mermaid,” premiering Friday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. Sparks guest stars in her first voiceover role as a blue mermaid trapped in a sand castle by a scheming squid. In addition to voicing the mythical creature, Sparks performs an original Team Umizoomi song entitled, “Song of the Blue Mermaid.”
“This is my first time doing a voiceover role and the fact they asked me to do Team Umizoomi had me bouncing off the walls,” said Jordin Sparks. “I’m so happy to be a part of the show as I love the music on Team Umizoomi and that it gets kids excited about math.”
In the special, Team Umizoomi discovers the statue of the Blue Mermaid (Jordin Sparks) while visiting the beach. According to legend, the mermaid with her sparkly blue scales once lived happily in the water by Umi City. But one day, a scheming squid named Squiddy captured the mermaid so that he could keep her sparkling light all to himself. The team must count, recognize shapes and identify patterns in order to rescue the Blue Mermaid from Squiddy’s secret sand castle. It won’t be an easy task as Squiddy will stop at nothing to keep Team Umizoomi from using their mighty math powers to save the day.
About Team Umizoomi
Team Umizoomi, created by Soo Kim, Michael T. Smith and Jennifer Twomey, is currently in its second season and is one of the top preschool shows on TV. Team Umizoomi features a tiny team of superheroes, Milli, Geo and Bot, who use their mighty math powers to help little kids solve big problems. The series combines action-adventure missions with an interactive math curriculum designed to help kids develop self-confidence in their math abilities and appreciate the many ways in which math shapes their world. The Umi Team is not complete without their Umifriend (home viewer), who helps the team along the way while practicing various math skills.
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