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Beyonce Introduces New Animated Girl Group

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Last fall Beyonce's album title proclaimed that she was ...Sasha Fierce.

However, later this month she will introduce to the worldyet another alter ego, this one animated. Beyonce will portray the characterShine on four episodes of Nickelodeon's Wow!Wow! Wubbzy! animated series. The episodes will air April 27-30 at 10 a.m.ET/PT, reports USAToday.

Beyonce's character Shine is the leader of the girl singinggroup Wubb Girlz. Their track "Sing A Song" feels like '60s girl group pop. Thepastel colored characters wear super mini skits, go go boots and bouffanthairstyles. The lyrics are squeaky-clean and positive, urging listeners tosings songs of joy and love.

The first and third episodes have a Wubb Idol theme and willbe shown on May 1 at 1 p.m. ET/PT, and on Noggin May 3 at 7 p.m. ET.

Beyonce was inspired by her 4-year-old nephew to take on thevoiceover role. Daniel Julez Smith, son of Solange Knowles, Beyonce's youngersister and fellow songstress, is a huge fan of the Nickelodeon show. WhenBeyonce told her nephew that she was considered for the role, he did notbelieve her.

"He's like, 'Yeah, right, Auntie BB, you don't know Wubbzy,'"Beyonce told USAToday.

Though Beyonce has been singing all of her life and hasportrayed singers in movies Dreamgirlsand Cadillac Records, she still foundthe singing for the Wubb Girls role to require some extra work. "The onechallenging thing for me in playing the role of Shine was her voice," Beyoncesaid. "It's really, really high, and my voice is deep and a little husky."

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! debuted in August 2006 and is created andexecutive produced by Emmy award-winning Bob Boyle, who produces Nickelodeon'sThe Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom.

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