Being related to a celebrity undoubtedly has its perks.
It could result in a $100,000 payday for a Claim to Fame contestant.
ABC’s new game show (premiering Monday, EDT/PDT 10) brings together 12 famous contestants – relatives of actors like Zendaya and Chuck Norris, “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg and Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles – under one roof. (Fun fact, even the Los Angeles mansion has a famous connection: It was previously owned by Katy Perry.)
The show is a bit like CBS’ Big Brother mixed with the mystery of The Masked Singer: each contestant tries to outsmart their competitors and uncover their secret superstar connections while hiding their own. To make matters worse, they don’t have access to their cell phones or the internet.
Here’s everything we know about “Claim to Fame,” co-hosted by brothers Kevin and Frankie Jonas.
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“The entire house was artistic,” says Kevin, 34. “Every statue, every little object could be something that’s a reference to someone else.”
Challenge winners receive immunity and additional hints. Losers can be chosen as guessers trying to identify a roommate’s famous family member. If they’re right, they stay. If not, go home. With $100,000 at stake for the winner, “There’s a lot of storytelling, lying, and deceiving,” says Kevin, “but in a fun and convenient way, all (three) weeks rolled into one.” house together.”
“It’s Guess Who? meets clue meets tabloids meets a really fun hype,” says Frankie.
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Claim to Fame hosts Kevin and Frankie Jonas
Kevin – along with his younger siblings Joe and Nick – released their first Jonas Brothers album in 2006. So I thought, ‘I don’t want to do what you’re doing. It’s just not my thing.’” And it’s that lack of a professional relationship that makes Kevin and Frankie so excited to work together on Claim to Fame. “
“I’d rather work with him anytime than anyone else in my family,” says Kevin. “I work with my other brothers almost every day, so that dynamic is set in stone at this point. Working with Frankie was new and fresh and wonderful because we hadn’t worked together since we were a lot younger and Frankie was in (the Disney Channel movie) ‘Camp Rock 2’ with me.”
Frankie, who has found fame himself with nearly 2 million followers on TikTok, knows how to have celebrity relationships. “My role on that show was really to identify with (the contestants) in a way that maybe even Kevin couldn’t,” he says.
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The cast of “Claim to Fame”.
Take a look at the 12 Claim to Fame candidates and you might spot some of their celebrity relatives. Monday’s premiere will reveal ties to some of the contestants alongside the person eliminated from the competition.
The hosts have also been kept in the dark about the cast’s family connections.
“There were some that should have been obvious to us that weren’t, and then there were some that said, ‘Oh, this person is that.’ And then we got so wrong. So this show is really interesting for people to watch at home because there is a play along factor that will be very funny.
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Nick Jonas is already hooked, says Kevin
Kevin says her brother Nick – who he stayed with while filming Claim to Fame last spring – is already a fan of the show. “I would come home from the set every night, and most of the time it would be very late and they were still up and he would be like, ‘All right, so tell me what happened now,'” says Kevin. “They wanted the updates on who was who and who was eliminated.”
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Just before contestant Pepper was supposed to guess the celebrity connection of another, Maxwell, the Claim to Fame director interrupted and pulled the hosts off camera. Kevin informed attendees that Maxwell had brought a phone into the house which he used on camera. So Maxwell, the grandson of actor Chuck Norris, was eliminated from the competition.
“If the phone hadn’t been seen, I would have partied tonight,” Maxwell said on the show. “I broke the rule.”
Kevin says he was briefed on the cheating at the evening’s ceremony, adding that the breach “threw us all for a curveball.”
“It was definitely not staged,” he continues. “This person actually smuggled in another phone. It’s like you didn’t see the 98 cameras alone in your room? I do not get it.”
At the moment he thought that all the competition might be at risk. “I was actually like, ‘Oh God, it’s all over. We’re going home. There’s no more show. It’s over,'” he recalls. “But luckily they had a plan.”
Frankie’s brief concerns quickly dissipated: “Wait, this is great TV,” he thought. “This is fantastic.”
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