Nickelodeon seems to be serious in its long-term goal of adding more titles to its slate of unscripted programming. The Viacom-owned network greenlit the holiday-themed competition, ‘Top Elf’, with the intention to entertain its family audience during the holiday season.
Created by Mike Duffy and Tim Duffy and directed by Michael Pearlman (‘Chopped‘, ‘Project Runway All Stars‘), this reality tv game show follows seven master artists, referred to as elf-testants as they attempt to put their extraordinary building and design skills to test. The one who wins the coveted title of Top Elf gets the opportunity to have a very special wish granted — not for his or her benefit but for the good of the community he/she resides in.
The first season of the show was warmly received. Now, the obvious question is, will there be a Top Elf season 2? Let’s find out.
Top Elf Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Top Elf’ Season 1 premiered on November 29, 2019, on Nickelodeon and aired for 5 episodes till December 21, 2019.
As far as the next season goes, Nickelodeon hasn’t made an official announcement yet. Though considering how well the show was received in the first season, it is hard to imagine the network not green-lighting another installment of the show. If renewed, ‘Top Elf’ Season 2 will most likely release sometime in the last week of November 2020. We will update this section as soon as we hear more.
Top Elf Cast: Who is in it?
Top Elf follows Santa (portrayed by Tommy Snider) and Ms. Jingles (enacted by Samantha Turret) as they summon seven civilian “Elf-testants” to the North Pole — in order to test their talent in the art of creating colorful, creative holiday-themed masterpieces. Along the way, each of these little participants is helped by one of Santa’s elves, who guide the kiddos in giving their imaginations a real, lifelike form.
Starring as the elves are Rudy Martinez as Chip Snuggles, David Magidoff as Nog Shimmerhorn, Jenna Wright as Ginger O’Tingleton, Nataliz Jimenez as Merry Sparkleberry, Ashley August as Tinsel Turtledove, Davied Morales as Zippy Twinkles, and Eric Stretch as Stretch McDancerpants.
The seven talented “Elf-testants” featured in season 1 were Aiko from New York, Allison from Walnut, California, Briana from Los Angeles, Cameron from Georgetown, Kentucky, Hopper from Highland Park, Texas, Hud from Oxford, Mississipi, and Justice from Jamaica, New York.
Across the episodes, we also meet celebrity guest judges offering a helping hand to Santa and Ms. Jingles to shortlist the best candidates. The celebs in season 1 were Frankie Grande, Amirah Kassem, Peyton List, Alex Wassabi and Pete Wentz.
What is Top Elf about?
In ‘Top Elf’, Santa gives seven lucky tiny contestants the chance of a lifetime to realize their dreams. He calls them to the North Pole and puts their skills to test by encouraging them to partake in a series of interesting, breathtaking, and difficult holiday-themed challenges. Each of these elf-testants is quite talented in the art of creation and design. And in this competition, they are given tasks such as building life-sized gingerbread clubhouses, reimagining Santa’s sleigh, or creating innovative, new toys and making massive 3-D holiday cards. The one who tops the game receives the ultimate prize — to have his or her wishlist granted, which involves asking for something good to benefit someone in his or her community.
Toward the end of every episode, Santa, Ms. Jingles and a celebrity guest judge the elf-testants. They give the final decision on who gets to stay on the “nice” or “naughty” list. As you can guess, the ones who make it to the “nice” list are one step closer to being named Top Elf.
‘Top Elf’ is a wonderful show, not only for kids but also for any DIY lover out there. As stated by Rob Bagshaw, EVP, Unscripted Content, Nickelodeon, “Giving our audience a range of unscripted content in different formats is one of our top priorities. Top Elf is an irresistible opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a uniquely comedic approach to a high-stakes competition.”
Top Elf Trailer:
You can watch the official promo trailer for ‘Top Elf’ season 1 below:
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