Knock, knock. Who’s there? Why, it’s Kellie Pickler, Ross Mathews, Adrienne Bailon, Jordan “Shorty” Johnson and Chuey Martinez, who are set to co-host Fox’s now-crowded game show, “Knock Knock Live.”
The weekly series will technically be hosted by Ryan Seacrest from a Los Angeles-based studio, with the other celebrity co-hosts on the road. Pickler, Mathews, Bailon, Johnson and Martinez will show up at unsuspecting people’s doorsteps for an impromptu game show, awarding prizes and the possibility for contestants to meet David Beckham, Luke Bryan, Common, Florida Georgia Line, Mike Holmes, Lea Michele and Meghan Trainor, among others.
“Knock Knock Live” is produced by XIX Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions. Simon Fuller, Michael Herwick, Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Stijn Bakkers, Nicolle Yaron, and Ryan Seacrest serve as executive producers. Fuller, Seacrest, DCP and Fox are stakeholders in the format worldwide. Fuller’s business XIX Entertainment has appointed DCP to be the international distributor of the format and series.
“Knock Knock Live” premieres Tuesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.
Here are bios on the co-hosts:
Kellie Pickler won the hearts of television viewers as a contestant on the fifth season of AMERICAN IDOL. In 2006, she signed with Sony Records and released her debut album, “Small Town Girl,” which produced three hit singles. In 2008, she released her self-titled sophomore record and in 2011, her third studio album, “100 Proof,” was named the No. 1 Country Album of The Year by Rolling Stone. In 2013, Pickler won the mirror ball trophy when she partnered with dance pro Derek Hough on Season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars.” Later that year, she released her fourth album, “The Woman I Am.” Currently, she and her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, are filming the upcoming cable reality series “I Love Kellie Pickler,” which will air later this year.
Adrienne Bailon was born in New York City and first stepped into the spotlight in 1999, when she was tapped as the lead singer of multi-Platinum R&B girl group, 3LW. She then went on to become a founding member of the pop group The Cheetah Girls, which sparked multiple cable television movies, a world tour and numerous merchandising deals. Bailon’s acting credits include “That’s So Raven,” “Buffalo Dreams,” “All You’ve Got,” “Coach Carter,” “Lovestruck” and “I’m in Love with a Church Girl.” Additionally, she appeared on her own reality show, “Empire Girls,” and is currently a co-host on the syndicated daytime talk show, “The Real.”
Ross Mathews won the hearts of millions of Americans during his television debut – as a correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Since then he has become a national bestselling author, and a fixture on entertainment television. He can currently be seen doing live red carpet award show coverage year-round. He recently hosted “Live From E!” and his own weekly celebrity gossip and entertainment series, “Hello Ross.” He currently can be seen as a judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and can be heard weekly on his podcast, “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews.”
Jordan “Shorty” Johnson
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Jordan “Shorty” Johnson hosted his own Saturdaymorning radio show when he was only 12 years old. A few years later, he was hired as a full-time night jock at the city’s No. 1 radio station, 100.3 The Beat, and also had a No. 1 record in St. Louis, “Wah Wah Wow.” In 2012, Johnson was selected as a co-host on the music video countdown show “106 and Park.” He is also signed as a recording artist on Warner Bros./Atlantic Records. Shorty currently has the #1 radio shows on two Radio-One stations, 93.9 WKYS in Washington DC and HOT 104.1 in St. Louis.
Chuey Martinez is no stranger to the spotlight. He grew up in East Los Angeles, and launched his entertainment career at the age of 16. Nine years later, he joined iHeartRadio, Sirius XM and L.A’s No. 1 music station, 102.7 KIIS FM, as on-air talent. In 2012, he was tapped as the host of the cable series “All You Can Meat.” He also is forming his own production company, “Chumongous Productions,” for the development of film, TV, digital and music projects.