In 1993, The All-New Mickey Mouse Club introduced young audiences all over the world to fresh-faced talent that would go on to have decades-long careers on both screen and stage. For many it was the culmination of a childhood dream of performing in more than just local talent shows or pageants, but for Nikki DeLoach, growing up in small town Georgia, it was also the big break she needed to prove to her parents she knew what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
“I was actually in L.A. for a talent competition when I was 11, and the agents that were out there scouting talent said ‘You should pick up and move to L.A.’ And my parents were like ‘That’s not going to happen!’” DeLoach laughed when I sat down with her in Los Angeles now.
“And they were like ‘Well, then you should really look out for a lot of the stuff that they are casting for Disney down in Orlando. They mentioned that they are going to be looking for new Mouseketeers for the show Mickey Mouse Club.’ So, I went home and immediately started watching it—like was obsessed with it. Sat in the living room with my mom and my dad—I was sitting directly in front of the TV—and turned around and look at them, and I was like ‘I’m going to be on this show. I’m going to be on this show!’ And they were like ‘Yeah, okay, sure you are!’”
But DeLoach was cast and appeared in countless sketches and songs alongside co-stars like Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and Britney Spears in her two-year run on the series...