"Blue's Clues has a new host! We saw 3000 actors and actresses looking for that spark. Josh has the spark in spades. Josh has that insightful way to look into the camera lens and "see" the kids at home to talk with them, and most importantly listen to them. He is the right person to take our show into the next generation."
-- Angela C. Santomero, Co-Creator Blue's Clues
After an extensive search, Nickelodeon announced that Joshua Dela Cruz was set to take over the famed rugby shirt as host for the new Blue's Clues reboot titled "Blue's Clues & You".
Original host, Steve Burns (pictured above with Dela Cruz), even got to sit in during auditions and guide the process of selecting his replacement.
"I had the great honor of being a part of the search for the new host, and I give Josh two thumbs up! He can definitely fill my shoes, and the rugby shirt," Burns said in a statement.
Even though Blue's Clues & You will be his first regular network gig, you might recognize Dela Cruz from the LIVE Disney Alladin reboot where he played the title role.
"From the moment we decided to make a new version of the series, we knew that so much of the energy and magic of the show comes from the host's ability to bring preschoolers into the colorfully animated world of Blue and her friends," Cathy Galeota*, senior vice president of preschool content at Nickelodeon Group, said in a statement. "Josh's wonderful theater background and his natural charisma checked all the boxes for us, and of course Steve's stamp of approval only solidified our decision."*
Production is set to begin filming immediately for the next generation of preschoolers to enjoy. Who's pumped, raise your paw!