|E.E. Bell as Jelly the Panda|
Mark Caso as Jam the Jaguar
Family Channel (repeats): 1994–1996
|Lynch Entertainment/MTM Enterprises, Inc.|
Xuxa (pronounced as "Shu-Sha") was a short lived childrens game/variety show where children participate in wacky, silly, crazy, awesome, and messy games. The game show was named after and hosted by Brazilian singer Xuxa Meneghel. The show also featured musical and special guests, Xuxa herself singing some songs, and stories. The show was taped at CBS Television City, home to successful game shows such as Match Game, The Price is Right, Let's Make a Deal and other game shows.
Gloop games[edit | edit source]
- Gloop Bingo - Six kids sit in chairs under buckets filled with gloop. Each kid gets a number (1-6). Then Xuxa pops a balloon on a six space game board, and the kid that has that number gets "glooped". The lone kid that is unglooped wins (Xuxa pops 5 balloons).
- Holey Gloop - 2 teams have 30 seconds (one team at a time) to fill buckets with gloop. The thing is, the kids must lie on their backs while passing the leaky little buckets of gloop to a larger bucket. The team that has the most gloop in their bucket wins.
- Water Balloon Relay - 2 teams have one minute to take balloons from a tub filled with a foamy slime and take them to a kiddie pool, then they must sit on them to make them pop and fill the pools with gloop. After the 60 seconds expire, Xuxa measures how deep the pools are with rulers. The team that has the most gloop in their pool wins.
- Class Clown - 2 kids sit in chairs and wear oversized cone-shaped hats, similar to dunce caps. Then Xuxa asks a trivia question to them, and the one who raises their flag first gets to answer the question (on Xuxa's Funtastic Birthday Party, the flags were replaced with noisemakers). A right answer causes a gloop-filled balloon to be lowered on their opponent's head, while a wrong answer cause their balloon to be lowered on their head. This process continues until one of the balloons pop, causing a child to be immersed in gloop. Whoever is unglooped wins.
- Balloon Bust - 2 teams of 4 kids pop balloons filled with foamy gloop. Each teammate pops 3 balloons, then tags their other teammate. First to finish wins.
- Treasure Hunt - 2 kids (one boy and one girl) have 60 seconds to grab as many oversized coins as they can from a bowl filled with jiggly gloop (only exception- they must use their mouths, not their hands). Whoever grabs the most coins wins. (a variant of this is called "Treasure Hunt Relay". Same rules, except that 2 teams of 2 kids compete and there is no time limit).
- Balloon Toss - 2 teams of 3 kids have 30 seconds (one team at a time) to pass miniature balloons filled with gloop (the teams form a line and pass the balloons to each teammate down the line), and put them in a kiddie pool. After time expires, Xuxa counts the balloons by popping them with a dart. The team that has the most balloons in their pool wins.
- Bucket Brigade - 2 teams of 4 have 60 seconds (1 team at a time) to fill large buckets with gloop. Here's the catch: They have buckets on their heads, and they have to pass the gloop by pouring it into another bucket on their teammate's head (one player at the front of the line fills the first bucket). The team that has the most gloop in their bucket wins.
- Xuxa Roulette - Played like musical chairs, 6 kids walk around seats with buckets of gloop above them. When the music stops, the kids take their seats, and when a gong is heard, they pull handles that, for one of them, causes a bucket of gloop to be poured on their head and eliminates them from the game. This process continues until one kid is gloopless, and that person is the winner.
- Xuxa Ball - a beach ball is placed in front of a Bernoulli blower. One member from each team hits the ball with a paddle while another one hands off the beach balls to the batter onto the blower, and another member tries to catch it in oversized trousers. The team with the most balls caught in the trousers wins. Each team has 30 seconds (1 team at a time) to complete this game.
Regardless of any of the games outcomes, gloop or no gloop, all kids get prizes
Inventor[edit | edit source]
Based on the Brazilian game/variety show that lasted from 1986-1992.
Studio[edit | edit source]
CBS Television City, Hollywood, California
Theme Lyrics[edit | edit source]
Xuxa's Theme (O Xou da Xuxa começou) (Dido Oliveira / version: Eric Thorngren / David Wolff)
Hello Hello Hello! (3x)
It's time for Xuxa and her friends!
Are you ready to begin? (Yeah!)
Ready to play all to win? (Yeah!)
If anyone's feeling down (Boo!)
Acting tough mean or proud (Boo!)
We're gonna tell you right now
We've got a group to make you smile!
We're gonna turn you around!
Oh come on hear the music
And stay with us
We're waiting for you
Oh here we sing and jump, dance and play
No one's with nothing to do
Children and grown ups
And babies and old ones alike
Together we're alright
Wherever you may be little one
We're going to capture your love
So come on (blows kiss)
Come on our show is starting
The Eager crowd is waiting
Here among all the light, the balloons
Every one of our good friends
Other Songs[edit | edit source]
- Froggy, Froggy (Croc, Croc)
- Say "No" to Drugs (Alerta)
- An "X" On Your Heart (Marquei um X)
- Do Say (Doce Mel)
- Rainbow (Arco-Íris)
- All America (America Geral)
- Xuxa's Alphabet (Abecedário da Xuxa)
- Xuxa's Recipe (Rexeita da Xuxa)
- Xuxa's Dance (A Dança da Xuxa)
- Miracle of Life (Milagre da Vida)
- Our Song of Peace (Nosso Canto de Paz)
- Crazy About You (Pinel por Você)
- Today's a Happy Day (Hoje e dia da folia)
- The Tribe of Love (Tribo do Amor)
- Talk To Me (this was Xuxa's only song soley for US viewers)
- Life Is A Party (A Vida e Uma Festa)
- Crystal Moon (Lua de Cristal) (This song Xuxa never sang on her shows)
- The Flea (Jumpin' Friend) (A Pulga)
Xuxa planned to launch a CD named 'Talk To Me', but she stayed with back pain, impossible to launch. But in the K7'S of her dolls, the songs were launched.
Rating[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The show was an attempt to bring her Brazilian show to the US. However, it drew complaints from parents due to her outlandish outfits and her controversial practice of wearing red lipstick and kissing the cheeks of pre-teen boys at the end of each show.
- Reruns of the show had a two year run on Family Channel, one year after the show's end.
- The bells and siren used on the show would later be used for the Tom Bergeron version of Hollywood Squares as the "Secret Square" cue if the contestant found the correct secret square.
- Words that would flash on the screen are:
- Gloop Time: This would come up when the kids play a game involving the show's slimy substance (usually played first).
- Winner: When a team wins a game.
- Xuxa's Guest: This would flash when the host's guest would come on.
- Ask Xuxa: Xuxa would sometimes read a question submitted by a kid viewer.
- Near the end of each episode, in the MTM logo, Mimsie says “Tchau!” ('goodbye' in Portuguese) instead of “Meow!”.
Xuxa In Popular Culture[edit | edit source]
On The Simpsons, a spoof of Xuxa Meneghel named Xoxochitla or Xoxchitla (voiced by Tress MacNeille) is the host of an educational Brazilian children's television show called Teleboobies (which in turn is a semi-reference of the kids live-action British show Teletubbies), her first appearance was in the episode called "Marge Be Not Proud" in 1995, then in the episode "Blame it on Lisa" in 2002. Her third episode appearance was in "You Don't Have to Live Like a Referee" in 2014.
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
The show released 4 VHS tapes in 1994, a year after the show's demise. These were the VHS titles:
- Xuxa Funtastic Birthday Party
- Xuxa Celebration
These videos were released by Sony Wonder. There were also Toy Dolls for Girls with a cassette.