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Hi-5 logo 1999-2005 (2)
Number USA Series 1 and 2
Number of episodes: 70
First episode: Touching
Last episode: Journeys Through Your Imagination
Intro: Hi-5 Theme
Original airing: February 24, 2003
Producer:
Hi-5 usa - Underwater Discovery
Hi-5 USA on Discovery Kids and TLC in February 24, 2003
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Hi-5 (USA) was a children's television group and television program that started in 2003. It was based on the original Australian TV show on Nine Network since 1999. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award three times and won other awards in its short lifespan.

History Edit

Due to the popularity of the show in Australia, an American group was assembled and Hi-5 made it's U.S. debut in February 2003 (featuring American performers in the same roles as the original Australian version). The American version was shot in the same studios in Sydney as the Australian version. The American show had episodes airing every weekday on The Learning Channel and Discovery Kids, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In addition, the Fall 2004 Parent's Choice Award was given to their first CD, Jump and Jive with Hi-5.

As the show became increasingly popular, the cast appeared and performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, on CBS's Early Show, and NBC's Today Show, among others. During one Today Show appearance, Matt Lauer, the show's host, compared the group's popularity to The Beatles.

Hi-5 toured theatres and arenas in the U.S. in 2005, on the "Move Your Body" Tour, playing live to sold-out crowds in Hartford, Boston, Columbus, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Tallahassee, and Raleigh. Beginning August 19, 2006, over two weeks of concerts were held at Vancouver's PNE, with additional concerts at Sesame Place and at Target book festivals in Minneapolis and New York City. Their second tour, "Hi-5 Live", was also a sell-out.

The members of Hi-5 visit families and kids alike during their 'off' time, helping in relief efforts for victims of both Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina, visiting children at Target House (a facility servicing St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis), and helping with other benefits. Individual members often work with their own project or charity, such as Karla's work with middle school-aged kids at an after-school program.

New cast members Curtis, Jenn, Kimee, Yasmeen and Sidney last performed together on September 23, 2007 at the Sesame Place theme park in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

Hi-5 characters Edit

Cast members and Puppets Edit

In late 2006, Karla Cheatham Mosley and Shaun Taylor-Corbett left the cast to start doing other things.

  • Curtis Cregan, from Okemos, Michigan, starred on Broadway in Rent.
  • Jennifer Korbee, credited as Jennifer Peterson-Hinds, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, toured with The American Folklore Theatre for three summers. Her solo album, Give a Girl a Reason, was released June 12, 2007. Her first single is "Good Night Tonight". She was seen as a contestant on season 8 of American Idol. Though she did not get much camera time during her brief stint on season 8, her appearance on the show was nonetheless notable since she was joined by husband Tom, also a Hollywood finalist. The two were American Idol's first ever married couple. Neither was selected to be in the top 36.
  • Kimee Balmilero, a Filipina born and raised in Hawaii, performed in Miss Saigon on tour and made her Broadway debut in Mamma Mia!.
  • Sydney James, an African-American performer who auditioned for American Idol and made it to Hollywood. He played Simba in the Lion King on Broadway.
  • Yasmeen Sulieman, an African-American singer born in Oakland, California and raised in Hawaii. She toured with Little Shop of Horrors.
  • Jup Jup, was the silly 5-legged puppet that can be found in Kimee's "Puzzle and Patterns" segment. He continues to take ordinary things from Kimee and gives her other things she can use to help her solve the problem.
  • Chatterbox (Chats), was the best friend of Jenn in her "Word Play" segment. Together Chats and Jenn sing about various topics.

Segments and songs of the program Edit

  • Kimee specializes in "Puzzles and Patterns" to help with math and logical thinking.
  • Yasmeen focuses on "Body Move" to emphasize physical activity and coordination. She would replaced Karla in this segment in series 3.
  • Curtis creates "Music" to show melody, rhythm and beat.
  • Jenn works with "Word Play" to expand children's vocabulary, often using rhyming and song.
  • Sydney helps identify "Shapes in Space" - visual and spacial awareness, shapes, colors and sizes. He would replaced Shaun in this segment in series 3.

The season 3 have been announced in July 2007 after the entry of new members replacing Jenn, Curtis and Kimee and Sydney and Yasmeen would be returning, but it was cancelled in September 2007 due to high budget

Songs of the weekEdit

Series 1 (2003)Edit

Series 2 (2005)Edit

Other Edit

Discography/videography Edit

Titles released on VHS/DVD in America (Region 1):

All Hi-5 USA videos and DVDs are released in United States by MGM and Well Go USA Inc.

CD Titles:

These both Hi-5 USA CDs are released in United States by Koch Records.


Awards and nominationsEdit

The series was nominated for an Emmy in 2005, 32nd Daytime Emmy Awards 2006, 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards 2007 34th Daytime Emmy Awards.

MultimediaEdit

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