Are you excited to find out who is on this week’s top 10 list? This time, we focused on finding the best YouTubers in the Kids category. We’re here to bring you up to speed on who these talented youngsters are, and which of them have the best YouTube videos so far in 2017. There are two boys and one girl on our most watched YouTube video list, who are blowing the minds of millions of YouTubers with their outstanding talent and showmanship. JoJo Siwa, Jacob Sartorius, and Johnny Orlando are this week’s top three talents and here’s why they’re topping the charts of the best YouTube videos in May 2017 for kids.
Celebrity stars are not only found among the streets of major cities like New York, Paris, London, or Los Angeles; simply browse the Internet and you will find thousands upon thousands of celebrities, who make a living and gain their fan base through YouTube videos. It might sound like a dream job, gaining fame and fortune by simply talking into your iPhone’s video app and uploading it to the video-based social media platform, but it’s a lot more work than it seems. It takes skills, marketing expertise, entrepreneurship, and personality to draw in fans week after week, video after video, and to encourage them to keep coming back for more. It might be exciting to reach the 100 “likes” mark, but for the kids on our top three list, they not only have millions of “likes” on each of their videos, they also each have loyal fan bases of over one million people! What makes these kids so successful? Why do they stand out above the top 10 talents, which include Mackenzie Zeigler, and Casey Simpson? Why did they earn the necklace this week? Keep on reading to find out more about the kids behind some of the best YouTube videos of 2017.
#3. Johnny Orlando
He’s only 14 years old, but he’s already writing songs about romance and relationships! Practically a Justin Bieber clone, Johnny Orlando was born on January 24, 2003 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada to his parents, Dale and Meredith Orlando. He has two older sisters named Darian and Madison, and one younger sister named Lauren. The YouTube star gained his fame through singing cover songs, and has an additional channel called “JohnnyOsings,” where he also has a solid fan base. His work includes covers from top artists like Justin Bieber (no surprise here!), Rihanna, and Austin Mahone. In a similar fashion to Bieber, Orlando began singing when he was only eight years old, and with the help of his sister Darian, he began making videos for YouTube. It didn’t take long before the young star began creating his own original songs and videos, which include “Day & Night,” “Summertime,” and “Missing You.” In addition to his YouTube star presence, Orlando also appeared in commercials for Cadbury and Nutella on YouTube. He has also acted in the film Bunyan and Babe, which is scheduled for release in 2017. In December 2015, Orlando released his debut EP titled VX11XI. All his talent has placed him within our top three, and we only anticipate seeing more of this rising star.
#2. Jacob Sartorious
Another likely Bieber clone is Jacob Sartorious. The young star has been releasing music for a year now, and already he has almost 2.5 million subscribers on YouTube. Could it be his boyish smile, sassy attitude, or fashion style? Whatever it is, teen girls and boys are going crazy over his music. He plays the guitar, is friends with Vine sensation Arielle Vandenberg, and often posts clickbait titles to his videos and draws in thousands of views. He was born October 2, 2002 in Oklahoma, and was adopted when he was very young. When he was seven, he began singing in musicals, but was bullied because of his fame. He boosted in popularity on social media thanks to his lip-syncing videos on Musical.ly. He began posting videos on YouTube as well, and released a series of singles such as “Hit or Miss,” “All My Friends,” and “By Your Side.” On January 20, he launched his debut EP, The Last Text, which led to the announcement of his The Last Text World Tour, where he will perform in seven countries in 2017. Sartorius’ social media is managed by his mother, and she has appeared in several of his Vine videos. He has an elder sister named Caroline. In late 2016, Google announced that Sartorius was the ninth most searched musical artist of 2016, and with his upcoming tour, there’s no limit to the level of fame he could reach!
#1. JoJo Siwa
The number one best YouTuber of 2017 with over 3.1 million subscribers is JoJo Siwa! This little bubble gum princess has almost 241 million views on her “Boomerang” music video alone! The song addresses online bullying and is a hit among young girls. Born Joelle Joanie Siwa on May 19, 2003, she was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has several nicknames such as “JoJo with the Big Bow” because of the crazy colored bows she wears in her hair. JoJo is a dancer, singer, actress and most famously, a YouTube star. She started dancing before she was five years old, and as you can tell from her music video, the Hip-Hop style is her favorite. She was among the top five finalists on the season two of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, and she was also the youngest contestant on season two, at only 10 years of age. In 2015, she was selected to join Abby Lee Miller’s ALDC dance competition team and appeared on the Lifetime reality show, Dance Moms. She has made several guest appearances on shows like Good Day LA, Good Day New York, and Make it Pop. This little diva already has her own accessory line that sells at Claire’s retail stores, so little girls can wear big, colorful bows just like her!
Have you earned the necklace yet? You may not have this week, but don’t worry because there’s always next week to get the must-have badge of honor! This week, the best YouTubers were young men we chose for their best YouTube videos, and obviously their ability to wow us with their talent. Matty B., Tanner Fox, and Brent Rivera were the top three and we are going to explain why they are the best YouTubers in 2017, so far.
Stars today aren’t found on the streets or in auditions anymore, they’re found on the Internet. With nothing more than an idea and a phone, anyone can become the next sensation, reaching millions of people and building a large fan following. Everyone wishes they could do it and now everyone is trying to, but it’s harder than it looks. For one, you have to be comfortable on camera and, once you’ve mastered that, you have to give people a reason to follow you on a daily to weekly basis, and get them to subscribe! Media has changed drastically over the years and now it’s possible for anyone of any age to be an Internet star. The most watched YouTube video could be as simple as your cat playing with you! Once you’re consistent, you start to gain a loyal following, and if you’re lucky, people start to take notice.
It wasn’t easy choosing our top picks this week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t win next time. With multiple categories, anyone can earn their necklace and share the news with their friends. The great thing about being a social media personality is that it opens you up to more opportunities and allows you to meet other stars, including the same ones that walk the best red carpets in the world. We’re giving you the top three, starting backwards from third to first place.
#3. Brent Rivera
At just 19 years old, the talented comedian is taking Los Angeles by storm and has already seen more celebrities at his age than most regular people get to in a lifetime! He’s barely legal, but he’s old enough to turn his talent into a job, with some of the best perks. With 2.7 million YouTube subscribers, Rivera is able to reach the equivalent of a major city, and that reach has allowed him to make the right connections. Last year, Rivera partnered with clothing brand, Hollister as part of their anti-bullying “All Equal” campaign.
“This partnership with Hollister allows me the opportunity to help spread much needed awareness around bullying and cyber bullying, something I have actually dealt with on my personal social channels,” Rivera, who goes by MrBrent98, tells Stylish exclusively. “I am hopeful that the content I have created in collaboration with Hollister will resonate with my fans and teens around the world.”
He added: “For me, when I started making videos online, I was getting a lot of comments in person and online about being weird, and that’s being bullied,” Rivera said. “But I stayed strong and stayed positive, and over time, my videos caught on.”
He’s already starred in Alexander IRL with Black-ish star, Marcus Scribner and has made appearances on red carpets such as the Kids’ Choice Awards.
#2. Tanner Fox
Is it just us or are the stars getting younger by the minute? Fox, a professional scooter rider and entrepreneur, may only be 17 years old, but he’s managed to gain himself 4.4 million followers on YouTube! He’s made some of the best YouTube videos in 2017 and they year isn’t even half way over yet! He even has his own brand and web site called “TFox,” where he sells clothing, swag and scooter-related products. Did we mention that some of the best stuff is sold out already? He’s not only young but ambitious, and the right people have started to take notice.
Earlier this month, Fox revealed a secret he had been keeping from his fans: he has a girlfriend named Taylor! Expect to see more of her on his Instagram account and in his videos.
In first place is Matthew Morris, commonly known as MattyB, and he has a whopping 8.2 million subscribers! He’s an artist known for posting remix videos of popular music on YouTube, and fans simply can’t get enough. The 14-year-old Georgia native has made appearances on The Wendy Williams Show, Today, Dr.Phil, and more. He could very well be the next Justin Bieber, who also got on his road to fame the same way! His covers are some the highest rated and most watched videos on YouTube, and we can see why. It won’t be long before he finds himself featured on tour with some of the biggest stars, or headlining his very own someday! Keep an eye out for this one!