Hoping to win a song-writing contest, Luna contemplates whether she should go with a song that's true to her sound or try to make something that the whole world will love.
In Luna and Luan's room, Luna is hard at work performing a song ("Play it Loud") to submit to the contest America's Next Hitmaker. Before submitting her song, Luna sees the commercial for the contest, which states that the top 5 best songs will be performed by their artists, and the single most popular song will be given a record deal. However, just before hitting the submission button, Luna learns from the commercial the goal of the song is to be sure everyone in the world will love the song. This causes Luna to question if her song is something that the whole world will love. Suddenly, Luna begins hearing her other siblings sing, ranging from...
Lana singing a vaudeville about how much she likes to fix the toilet ("Toilet Jam")
Lola singing a show tune to highlight her beauty ("Glam Song")
Lisa singing a rap about the periodic table ("Periodic Table Rap")
As they finish their songs, the three tell Luna that they weren't singing at all, and Lisa, after suggesting that Luna sit down to talk about her problems, tells Luna that she's hallucinating her siblings singing, as her subconscious is trying to find the right sound of music for her song. After exiting Lisa and Lily's room, Luna continues to see the rest of her family sing, such as...
Lori and Leni singing a slow jam in response to a text Leni got from Chaz ("Lori2Leni")
Luan singing about how life becomes less scary when viewed through the lens of comedy ("Luan's Laugh Parade")
Lucy giving a poetic speech embracing her gothic lifestyle ("Song of Silence")
Lynn singing an electronic song about her athleticism ("Get Pumped!")
Rita and Lynn Sr. singing a country song detailing their love ("That's Our Kinda Song")
Lincoln and Clyde singing a techno song detailing how they're friends, despite their imperfections ("Best Buds")
Hearing all of her family members "sing" their favorite types of music, Luna starts to lose hope, feeling that she will never come up with something the world will love. As Luna plops her head in defeat, she hears some music playing in the hallway. She discovers that it's Lily, dancing to a song on the radio ("Best Thing Ever"). Suddenly, the other family members join in (including the pets, Clyde, Mr. Grouse, and the Casagrandes), dancing to the song. Once the song ends, Luna comes to the conclusion that the world loves bubblegum pop songs, and decides to get to work while everyone else heads off to get a Flippee.
Luna comes up with a brand new song to submit ("What Everybody Wants"). After performing the song, Luna promptly submits it to America's Next Hitmaker, confident that she will win.
Sometime later, Luna is informed via email that "What Everybody Wants" has made it to the top 5, and gets to perform it on America's Next Hitmaker. The siblings congratulate Luna on the opportunity.
Later, Luna arrives at the performance hall where America's Next Hitmaker is taking place, and discovers the two judges running the show, Michelle and Doug. When Luna introduces herself to them, the two tell Luna that she wasn't what they were expecting, and offer to give Luna some "tweaks" to better herself ("Changing Luna"), saying that it'll help her become somebody the world will love. After the "tweaks", Luna's new look makes her virtually unrecognizable (even her family thinks she's someone different), and they decide to change her name to Lulu, saying that Luna Loud is not a name anyone will like. When Luna tries to object, she is given an ultimatum: either she performs the way she is, or not perform at all. Realizing the bad spot she put herself into, Luna laments her situation ("What Have I Done?"), saying that she regrets selling herself out for world fame.
Later that day, a crowd of thousands is attending the show, including the Loud family. Michelle and Doug present "Lulu" to the stage, much to the confusion of the Louds. Luna, as Lulu, approaches the stage, when suddenly, she tells the crowd that she's not performing... as Lulu. She promptly rips off her outfit to reveal the Luna Loud we all know and love, and begins performing "Play it Loud", and the crowd starts jamming out. Michelle and Doug, angry that Luna is going against them, attempt to sabotage her performance by unplugging her amps (which is located at the center of the stage). Lynn and Lana take note of this and stop them by blasting them with cannons. After performing, Michelle and Doug ask Luna what she has just done, and Luna simply states that she may have given up worldwide fame, but there is one thing she is keeping: her real self.
During a rerun of this episode on July 22, 2020, the viewers had the chance to answer trivia questions related to the episode with the Nickelodeon Screens Up app or on Nickplay.com for a chance to see their name on screen.
What is Luna doing in her room?
Finishing a puzzle
Playing a board game
Playing ping pong
Recording a song
Who was singing in the bathroom?
Which sister was just singing in her room?
Who gives Luna a therapy session?
Who sings a slow jam duet?
Lori and Leni
Lola and Lana
Lincoln and Lily
Lynn and Luan
Who sings about winning?
Who sings a country song?
Lori and Leni
Lincoln and Clyde
Lynn Sr. and Rita
Lily and Lisa
Rusty Palooza 026
Royal Champ 034
Lincoln Queen 061
Charles King 085
Luna was riding in what color car?
Who chest-bumped Luna?
Luna becomes a finalist for what show?
America's Next Hitmaker
America's Next Hit Baker
America's Best Knit Maker
America's Top Hip Shaker
What color is Luna's new hair?
What is Luna's new stage name?
What's the weather outside?
According to Doug, what do focus groups love?
Lisa Comrade 052
FLIP TRIVIA 014
RITA SAVVY 008
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This is the last episode to air in 2018.
On April 10, 2020, the soundtrack to this episode was released on Spotify to celebrate National Siblings Day.
This episode was selected by the staff for the three categories the show was nominated in (Outstanding Children's Animated Series, Outstanding Writing for an Animated Program and Outstanding Musical Direction and Composition) for the Daytime Emmys in 2019, winning both Outstanding Children's Animated Series and Outstanding Writing for an Animated Program.
In the original storyboard, the Casagrande kids (sans Carlitos) weren't originally going to appear in the Great Lakes City town square, as it was originally going to be a group of random civilians. Miguel Puga also confirmed that the reason why one of them is wearing a mask is that it's a reference to New York City and how some people wear crudely made Mickey Mouse costumes.
Lincoln appears on the title card as the microphone Luna is screaming in.
This episode takes place after "L is for Love", as it is revealed that Leni is dating Chaz.
The car Luna is seen riding in during her song resembles a 1959 Chevrolet Impala 2 door Convertible. This car is also seen in "Butterfly Effect" and "Vantastic Voyage".
Luna breaks the fourth wall at the end of the episode by winking at the viewers.
In some international versions, Luna's solo songs are left in English, while everyone else's is translated.
In the Latin American Spanish dub, half of the characters that appeared with dialogues, in this case, Lincoln, Lori, Leni, thetwins, and Rita, changed their voices in the moment of performing their songs. However, Luan, Lynn, Lucy, Lisa, and Lynn Sr. have their normal voices when performing their songs.
Doug Rockwell played a caricature character of himself in the episode while Michelle Lewis was played by a different actress. According to Doug in an interview on the Loud Crowd podcast, both he and Michelle had to audition for the roles despite the characters being themselves and Michelle did not play her character because she was unable to convey the personality needed for the character.
Hops, Izzy, Bitey, El Diablo, Gary, and Fangs were the only members of the Loud household not seen dancing to "The Best Thing Ever". Similarly, the members of the Santiago/Casagrande household not seen dancing to "The Best Thing Ever" were the adult family members, the pets, and Carlitos.
Innuendo: Luna's second song, "What Everybody Wants", has a satirical meaning behind it, as all the lyrics blatantly state that the whole point of the song is to make everyone love it.
Irony: Luna, Doug, and Michelle claimed/assumed that Luna playing her original song as herself wouldn't be what everybody wants. However, when Luna sang her song as herself, everybody liked it.
Really Loud Music - The title of this episode is a reference to loud music and a pun on the last name of the family "Loud".
So You Think You Can Dance - Doug telling Luna she must be looking for So You Think You Can Head Bang is a reference to this reality competition show.
When Luna is watching her siblings sing, her notebook and pen disappears and reappears at some points.
After Lana's "Toilet Jam" Luna looks at Lola in her room during her "Glam Song" but it is usually Lori's and Leni's room.
In the "Periodic Table Rap" the explosion comes from Lisa's and Lily's room but technically it's Luna's and Luan's room.
Luan's unicycle keeps its surreal design after her song is over.
When Luna is Lulu, the highlight in her wig keeps switching sides.
During the song, "What Have I Done?", when Luna sings "For a moment in the spotlight 'til it's gone" the second time, the door on the side of America's Next Hitmaker building has a light, a window, and some steps that were not there in all wide shots of the building.
Before Luna's performance, Lynn is next to Lucy in the crowd. Then during the song, "Play It Loud", Lynn is next to Lana.
Throughout the song "Play It Loud" near the end of the episode, Luna's paperclip earrings disappear and reappear. Also, Luna's ears aren't pierced in those scenes.
To make matters worse, her left paperclip earring appeared in the last few frames during her line, "I can't be wrong, don't need direction, I can find my way."
As Leni finishes the verse, "Lori, look at this thread! Tell me whatcha see," the eyelashes on one of Lori's eyes disappear as she turns and looks Leni's phone again.
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