Singer and actress Coco Jones was a judge at Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash on Sunday (October 20). The show will air on October 26th on the Hub channel. Martha Stewart was the head judge, and other presenters were Bailee Madison, Modern Family‘s Nolan Gould, and Rico Rodriguez.
Celebrity Teen Scoop got to chat with Coco about being a judge at the Halloween event, what she would do if she won the $25,000 prize, and how she thinks her song “Holla At The DJ” is “super relatable” to everyone. The talented singer also shared what it was like touring with Austin Mahone!
CBS: You’ll be one of the judges on the “Hub Network’s First Annual Halloween Bash” – what will you be looking for in the competition?
Coco: “I will be looking for a lot of daring choices. I think there are many easy costume choices that people can pick or make, but I want to see who takes something basic and makes it their own.”
CTS: One lucky winner will take home $25,000 and have a chance at a walk-on role on the Hub Network’s Daytime Emmy® Award-winning series, “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series.” If you won $25,000 – what would you do with the money?
Coco: “If I won $25,000, I would tithe to my church, buy a nice Louis Vuitton bag as a Christmas gift to myself, and then put the rest away for savings.”
CTS: At the Halloween Bash, you will be with other stars like Bailee Madison, Hal Sparks, Nolan Gould, and Martha Stewart. Have you ever met them before?
Coco: “I haven’t met any of them, but I’m really excited to. I heard that Bailee Madison is super sweet, so I’m really looking forward to meeting her. I’m looking forward to working with everyone!”
CTS: What do you plan on doing this year for Halloween?
Coco: “This year, HUB Halloween is my Halloween experience. I may not be able to go trick-or-treating, but I will be dressing up and having fun. I’ll be traveling to a show on the actual date of Halloween this year, so I won’t be able to participate in any Halloween festivities.”
CTS: The video for your hit single, “Holla At The DJ” has nearly 3 million views on YouTube. How does it feel to have reached this level of success? Why do you think it gained such viral popularity? What is the inspiration behind the song and video?
Coco: “It feels amazing to reach this level of success, and it’s so humbling to see people promoting my music. I think “Holla At The DJ” is super relatable; people everywhere have had that experience where they’re at a club or a party and they hear a song they love, and they need to “holla at the DJ” and have them turn up their song. I thought the black and white treatment was fresh and fierce, and I love the pop of color at the end.”
CTS: You recently toured with Austin Mahone. What was that experience like? Could you share some highlights?
Coco: “Touring with Austin Mahone was amazing. He’s super awesome and nice, and he’s had so much success but hasn’t let it get to his head. He and his crew have so much fun doing what they’re doing, just like my dancers and me. Every moment was a great moment with them. Austin loves what he does and it shows in his performance.”
CTS: How did you get started in singing and song-writing? Who are your greatest musical influences?
Coco: “I started singing when I was little, basically as soon as I learned to talk. I started songwriting around the age of 11. I’d just write whatever came to my mind, and with time, I worked on it with people who taught me more about it. I continue to write. My biggest influences are Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, and Demi Lovato.”
CTS: What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any favorite TV shows and movies?
Coco: “Going with the Halloween theme, one of my favorite scary movies is Cabin in the Woods. I also loved all of the Insidious and Paranormal Activity movies. I love going to haunted houses and having the feeling of being scared. For regular fun, I love going to the movies and the mall with friends and I love practicing driving now that I’m almost 16!”
CTS: What advice do you have for young people thinking of getting into the entertainment industry?
Coco: “I would tell them to never stop trying. If this is something you really want, you can’t let anyone’s opinions change anything, and you should never stop pursuing your dream no matter what seems possible or what people say.”
CTS: What is up next for you? Any exciting projects to share?
Coco: “My debut full-length album is coming out on Hollywood Records in January, so I’m spending time in the studio finishing up the record. I also turn 16 in January, so I am having a Sweet 16 party that I’m really excited about! I’ve also partnered with My Black Is Beautiful on a project that I’ll be able to share details about soon, and I recently guest starred in an episode of Good Luck Charlie.”