Every famous parent in Hollywood brought their little entourage out Saturday for the Nickelodeon “Kids’ Choice Awards.”
USC’s Galen Center in Los Angeles was filled with screaming kids, neon shirts and A-list stars as host WWE Superstar John Cena got his slime on.
For all the messy memorable moments that were broadcast live on Nickelodeon, there was even more brightly-colored action going on that you could only see with orange carpet access and a seat inside the stadium. Fortunately, TheWrap had both.
Check out the top 13 things you didn’t see on TV at the 2017 Nickelodeon “Kids’ Choice Awards.”
1. John Cena works the crowd
“I’m glad you could make it,” the host told Ellen DeGeneres before he took to the stage in a formal suit. That outfit didn’t last long, though, and the crowd went wild — especially the moms — when Cena stripped his suit off to show biceps as big as his head. At least he was still wearing a bow tie!
The WWE superstar then jumped into the mosh pit to make announcements with the kids, proving that he is the self-proclaimed “best host ever!” before bench-pressing a member of the audience. Throughout the night, Cena sneaked down and took photos with fans off camera.
2. Gwen Stefani dodges slime
The No Doubt singer gracefully glided out in a lime green dress avoiding the slime fountains, then perched herself in the audience with her kids — blending in effortlessly with the rest of the crowd … aside from her green hair tips.
3. Ellen gets political — kind of
DeGeneres actually seemed lost for words for once when she received a trifecta of awards for “Finding Dory.” Her oath to “be different and not like everyone else … and be kind to people,” could’ve have been an anti-Trump statement. We’re not sure about the bit telling everyone to brush their teeth everyday and to floss.
4. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” teaser
Chris Pratt set off “fancy spancy special effects” and deafened the audience, before coating them with confetti. He was soon knocked off his power trip by Groot and a blast of slime, before the crowd got to see a never-before-seen clip from “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
5. Oscars selfie re-enactment
Cena and his girlfriend, Nikki Bella, did their version of Ellen’s Oscar selfie in the audience — but the SmackDown wrestler claimed “you can’t see me” in the pic. Yep, WWE fans got the joke!
6. Stadium lit up
The crowd-warmers ordered everyone to put the lights on their cellphones and stand up during Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello’s performance of “Bad Things.”
7. Marital reunion
Seal was sat with a woman who looked suspiciously like ex-wife Heidi Klum, wearing a cutout dress that could have walked straight off the runway. The “Project Runway” host later took to the stage with DJ Khaled to present an award.
8. We’re all Wonder Woman!
For the new “Wonder Woman” trailer debut, the audience had to put on arm bands hidden under their seats and stand up to mimic her power stance.
9. Kevin Hart is too short to slime
Kevin Hart won the coolest awards of the night — “most wanted pet” and “best villain.” But first he taught his son a very complicated handshake on stage. The first two attempts to slime Hart failed, because “he’s too short” but they got him in the end … right in the face.
10. John Stamos is still a heartthrob
All the moms screamed — again — when John Stamos came out, and the kids were like “Who?!?” Stamos was then the most sociable person in the front row, leaning in to chat with Stefani and Seal, then keeping Nikki Bella company while her boyfriend worked.
11. The kids watched the Oscars
Even the young guests in the audience got the Oscars joke when they pretended that “Moonlight” won the award for “Best Kids Show.”
12. There are no cheap seats
Mark Cuban may be the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, but he was still sat 12 rows back from the stage.
13. Cleaning up
Stefani made herself useful in the commercial break by clearing up some of the metallic streamers on the platform in front of her. The crowd-warmers then asked the audience to give a special thanks to the crew in the black shirts, saying: “You have no idea how slippery this floor gets.” Seeing how messy the stadium was by the end of the show with slime, balloons and confetti — they definitely earned they’re wages.