Thursday, January 11, 2018

Whitefish, MT Dancer Cody Bingham to be Featured on Nickelodeon's 'Lip Sync Battle Shorties'

Cody Bingham, 12, gained notoriety when he danced alongside Justin Bieber at one of the singer's concerts

Montana - The hits keep coming for Whitefish dancer-extraordinaire Cody Bingham, and in his case, that’s an extremely good thing.


Pictured: Cody Bingham on Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Photo: Trae Patton/Nickelodeon.

Cody, 12, who took on national notoriety for the hip-hop moves he busted alongside Justin Bieber at the singer’s concert when he was just 10 years old, will be featured on Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a brand-new program hosted by Nick Cannon and JoJo Siwa that pits talented youngsters against each other in a showcase of lip-sync skills and dancing.

Cody’s episode airs on Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30pm ET/PT; 5:30 p.m. MST on Nickelodeon USA, and the dancer will perform the hit “Something Just Like This” by the Chainsmokers.


Pictured: Cody Bingham on Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Photo: Trae Patton/Nickelodeon.

“It was surreal, he had his own dressing room, that was half graffiti and half super modern, literally split down the room,” Tawnya Bingham, Cody’s mom, said of the week they spent filming the show last August.

Tawnya got a call from a casting director about the role last May, and Cody sent in an audition tape of two songs, which prompted a Skype interview.


Pictured: Cody Bingham on Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Photo: Trae Patton/Nickelodeon.

The producers loved him.

“About a week or two later, we got a phone call that he was one of three in the nation that got picked to go straight through,” Tawnya told the Flathead Beacon. “The executive producers absolutely love him, they told us he didn’t have to go back to LA to audition in person like the other kids.”


Pictured: Cody Bingham on Lip Sync Battle Shorties. Photo: Trae Patton/Nickelodeon.

Cody was also featured during the Dec. 17 live performance of A Christmas Story! on Fox. During the show, Cody had a key role in a live commercial for the movie, The Greatest Showman, featuring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, and Zendaya.

The movie’s producers wanted Cody in the film, but Tawnya said they declined that role only to have Cody cast in a lead role in the commercial. They practiced for four days straight with hundreds of dancers, Tawnya said, and the live commercial was a thrill.

Still in public school in Whitefish, Cody continues to balance life and work aspirations, his mom said, and that’s led to turning down a lot of auditions. Tawnya said her son has plans to attend acting classes in Whitefish to become a true “triple threat” in the entertainment industry.

Until then, he’s enjoying his success while “still just being a kid.”

“He’s pretty excited about everything,” Tawnya said.


Cody Bingham, left, on set for a commercial with Zac Efron, right. Photo courtesy of Tawnya Bingham.


Cody Bingham, right, on set while filming a commercial with Hugh Jackman, left. Photo courtesy of Tawnya Bingham.

Find out more information about the Lip Sync Battle Shorties, as well as watch short-form clips from the specials, at nick.com/lipsync and on the Nick App!

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