One night only! In a 30 minute special, MTV is bringing back the now defunct music video countdown show Total Request Live (TRL) only for one day.
The network announced that it will feature the 30-minute special with Ariana Grande, renaming it Total Ariana Live. The special is set to air July 2 at 7 p.m. ET, and will be available on demand after the broadcast.
Total Ariana Live will be seen live from MTV’s Time Square studio, with Sway Calloway serving as host. Ariana, who just turned 21 today (Happy birthday girl!), will perform her hit song, “Problem,” as well as debut her upcoming single, “Break Free.” The singer will also be tested of her hip-hop knowledge in a “Hip Hop Mix Up” game. MTV also promises that there will be a surprise announcement (maybe the actual return of TRL?! Or is that wishful thinking?).
“It’s a huge honor to be able to bring back a show like ‘TRL,’ I used to love watching it growing up. Can’t wait to celebrate with my loves in Times Square. Might have some surprises too,” Ariana said in a statement. “Only one artist has the power to turn the lights back on at 1515 Broadway in the iconic ‘TRL’ studios, and that’s Ariana Grande. The transformation to ‘Total Ariana Live’ represents her one-of-a-kind star power combined with MTV’s immense multimedia platform, setting the stage for the ultimate global partnership,” said Charlie Walk, executive vp Republic Records, to which Ariana is signed.
The original TRL ran from 1998-2008, airing 2,247 episodes during its run. Back when MTV was known more for music than reality TV, the show aired the top 10 most-requested music videos for viewers, and featured awesome interviews with top artists, actors, and more!
I really think that MTV ought to bring this show back! It is, however, great promotion for Ariana, whose sophomore album is in the works. To be featured on something like this with all eyes on you is definitely a good look!
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