Frankie Grande—dancer, performer, Muhlenberg College alum, and big brother to Ariana Grande—shares how he'll judge America’s Best Dance Crew and how he keeps up with his millions of followers.
You were great in Rock of Ages. When will we see you on Broadway again? FRANKIE GRANDE: I want to do my Madonna mega musical and just star in it [laughs].
Well, in the meantime, you have a lot on your plate. Tell us about America’s Best Dance Crew. FG: I’m a judge. The dance crews are all incredible, so I’m really excited because I am a fan of the show and dance. I was a dance major in college, so I am so excited to see what level of choreography and technicality these crews are going to bring to the show. These are the best of the best and it has been four years since they’ve been on the show. So, it could be impressive.
What do you look for in a good dance crew? FG: I am a big fan of art combined with commercial success. I look for the most artistic things that are pleasing the most people; that’s my philosophy in art and theater. If you can manage to make art, yet manage to fill those house seats and make everyone smile every week, then I think you're the one who's winning.
You also have a special airing on Oxygen in August, Worst.Post.Ever: With Frankie Grande. FG: I’m having fun with all of the silly things that happen when people post ridiculous things on the Internet. It’s light spirited, it’s funny, it’s family friendly, and it’s very Frankie. It’s very me. It is stuff that I would say to my friends if we were scrolling through YouTube at three in the morning. That’s the kind of vibe that it has, which I love.
You have huge social media numbers (1.08 million on Twitter, 1.2 million on Instagram, 143,000 likes on Facebook, and 348,000 subscribers on YouTube). How do you keep up? FG: I actually just talked to a friend yesterday who asked me what I was doing this weekend and I said, ‘What is a weekend?’ I never stop working, and I’m always shooting a video or Snapping. Even when I walk around, I use my eyes and I am editing in my head and thinking, ‘Huh, would that be a good Instagram post?’ So, I am constantly working, and the weekends are when my engagement is the highest. It is a full-time gig. You don’t stop, even when you’re on vacation.
What’s your favorite social media platform? FG: I think it’s Twitter because it’s kind of the hub where all of my other platforms come together. There’s also not as much hate on it. People say such horrible things online and, of course, when you become a public figure it increases. When you have as many numbers and followers as I do, it increases even more. So, I have learned to completely tune it out. But, it’s nice to scroll through your mentions and read things that are completely nice. Twitter seems to be that way.
You’re also a reality TV alumnus. Would you do something like Big Brother again? FG: Would I ever go back into a reality TV format show? Absolutely. I would do Dancing with the Stars. I would do Celebrity Apprentice. I would do Big Brother All Stars. I am a competitor and a beast, and I love to play games. You give me situations where I can do those things, and I am absolutely on board.