Nickelodeon gets Black for Kids Awards

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Jack Black, star of the films King Kong and Shallow Hal, has been named the host of the 19th annual Nickelodean Kids Choice Awards. The show, which will take place on April 1 in Los Angeles, gives out awards based on the votes of kids polled on Nick.com.

Black told E! Online that he had "a lot of secret plans for when I host the awards, but I can tell you I'm going to bring the super-duper, freaky-deaky, ultra-clowny super dance! But that's all I'll say."

Nickelodeon's executive vice president of development and original programming, Marjorie Cohn, said Black was a natural fit for the show. "With Jack as host, the surprise factor is naturally elevated. Even we can hardly wait to see what will happen," she said in a statement.

Black is no stranger to working with kids: He scored a hit with the comedy School of Rock, in which he played a lovably scruffy schoolteacher who shakes up a stuffy prep school by helping kids form a rock band. Up next for the actor is kid-related comedy Nacho Libre, which tells the tale of a lovably scruffy priest who masquerades as a Mexican wrestler in an attempt to save an orphanage.

TV nomininees for the Kids Choice Awards include American Idol, Ashton Kutcher (That 70s Show), and Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101). Besides watching Black and the nominees, one of the highlights of the telecast is seeing who gets the yearly dose of Nickelodeon green slime dumped on their head.

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