What Happened to The Fresh Beat’s Marina?

June 20, 2011 740 Comments »

Nick Jr.'s The Fresh Beat BandMiss A loves The Fresh Beat Band on Nick Jr. and secretly so does Daddy B. {Shhh don’t tell him I told you.} Nick Jr. first shared this fun show with American families in August of 2009. Since then, the musical fun that Kiki, Twist, Shout and Marina bring have taught and continue to teach valuable lessons to preschool viewers, like getting along, not giving up, and solving problems as a team.

The Fresh Beat Band, was originally planned to be called, “The JumpArounds,” however before the show officially aired the name was changed. Following suit, in this past season, season two, some of The Junior Beats {the mini Fresh Beat kids} and the actor who played Reed, the owner of the Good Note Music Store were replaced. Is it me or does it seem like Nick Jr. is mixing things up with The Fresh Beat Band from season to season? Now that the third season of Fresh Beat band is upon us, things are no different.

Tara Perry The Fresh Beat Band MarinaRecent clips for the show’s next “new” season have sprung up on Nick Jr. touting lots of new things for the show, while also showing off a new cast member, Tara Perry. Perry will take on the role of Marina, who was originally played by Shayna Rose.

Allegidly, Shayna Rose is getting married and perusing other career options that are taking her away from The Fresh Beat Band. I know Miss A and maybe Daddy B too, will miss her dearly.

What do we know about the “new” Marina, Tara Perry though? Perry, age 25, has directed and stared in quite a few youtube videos, and had a tv appearance here and there, but her “claim to fame” is that she is The Movie Maven on Sci-Fi’s Mania.com. For more on Perry, check out her IMDB page she doesn’t have a wikipedia page yet, but now that she’s on Nick Jr. I assume that will be coming soon.

Although the “new” Marina still has red hair {noticeably darker}, and a turquoise and purple outfit, you can’t pull one over my kiddo. I’m not sure if it’s an effort to help Marina blend in or some new duds for season three, but all four of the Fresh Beats have new outfits, and on a side note hubby thinks that Shout has gained some muscle {that’s debatable, I think it was just covered by the collegiate sweater}.

While I’m not a huge fan of change, especially when it comes to television characters, she is a fellow Sagittarius so maybe I’ll cut her a little slack. Honestly though, I’m not really sure how a different Marina will affect the show, personally, I don’t think that it will, especially when it comes to the kids. I think they’ll be confused for a minute, get over it, and be dancing all over the room like with any other episode.

For NEW Season 3 Fresh Beat Band Episode Synopsis and to weigh in with your thoughts, check out http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/fresh-beat-band-season-3-episodes/.

I’d love to hear your opinions on the topic. What are your thoughts on the new Marina? Do you like the changes that are coming to Nick Jr.’s Fresh Beat Band? Is your child {or someone else in your household} excited for season three?

Who is your favorite Marina?

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*******Check out my interview with Shayna Rose and her partner Elizabeth Shea talking about her new direction in life.*********

Interview Shayna Rose Marina Elizabeth Shea

Go here for Part 1 of the interview: http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/interview-with-2carats-shayna-rose-elizabeth-shea-part-1/

and check out these other Nickelodeon posts:

Shayna Rose and Liz Shea – 2Carats Trailer by MommyBKnowsBest

Fresh Beat Band Season 3 Episodes

Dora’s Explorer Girls: Dora All Grown Up

The Fresh Beat Band Season 3 – New September Episodes 

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No More Moose and Zee – NickJr Changes


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  1. Alicia October 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM - Reply

    Personally, I love the old Marina. I don’t think my 3 year old can tell the difference tho. A lot of the comments here praised new Marina’s singing voice. Have you guys heard her sing?

  2. Ambrosia November 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM - Reply


  3. Ambrosia November 1, 2012 at 8:10 PM - Reply

    Well to be honest, I dont really mind the new Marina, the only thing that bothers me, is well, she seems smaller and well small boned and thin. The “old” Marina looked like a normal,healthy women. I would pefer my children see that. They havent seemed to notice, so, oh well. Oh and I love the songs, well most of them. There are fun for my kids, we are going to see them live tomorrow.

  4. Tara November 4, 2012 at 2:22 PM - Reply

    I like the new Marina!

  5. ann November 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM - Reply

    Personally, I thought the old Marina, while cute and sweet, was a little stiff with the dancing – very little rhythm. The new Marina does seem to have a better singing voice and better moves. BUT, I still liked the old Marina – she was adorable!

  6. Tired Mom November 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM - Reply

    The new Marina is the BEST!

    She makes for a much better Marina.

    She sings, acts and dances better she has more rhythm and spunk.

    The old marina never seemed to fit in, while Tara Perry seems to excel in this role.

    The comment about her being skinnier is just not true. She may be a tiny bit shorter but she is a powerhouse. She has a dancers body. She has thicker legs then the old marina bigger bottom and more toned arms and legs. Personally I would want my daughter to look up to a physically fit muscular dancer.

    Also we have to remember the most important thing of all. Shayna Rose left this show to pursue her “music career”.

    She did not appreciate or think that entertaining our children everyday was good enough for her.

    So I personally love the new Marina!

    Long Live the new Marina I hope she does not leave as well.


    • Grandma knows BETTER November 12, 2014 at 5:38 AM - Reply

      The old Marina filled the bill JUST fine, when they keep on changing the cast members to this one or that one, all that they are accomplishing by DOING this is simply CONFUSING the youngsters, who, need I remind everyone, are the main reason for this show in the first place?
      This show wasn’t written or started to please the older set, was it not, or was it..? Because now you’ve got ME confused!!! I want Shayna Rose BACK!!!

      • Jennifer Bullock November 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM - Reply

        I agree Grandma, Shayna was my favorite too.

  7. Lissa December 6, 2012 at 1:52 PM - Reply

    The new Marina is just as good as the old..the issue I have is that they have made her a copy of the old in a lame attempt to fool kids into thinking she is the same girl. Kind of creepy and they are not falling for it, especially when the networks play episodes with one girl in the am and the other in the pm. Give her a new name and have the original girl say goodbye!

  8. Angela December 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM - Reply

    I thought I was the only one that noticed….my kids don’t necessarily watch fresh beat band
    I think I watch it more than they do, they watch it if its on. But for me to notice a new cast member I thought was unusual. Im glad im not the only parent to have noticed.

  9. tommy December 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM - Reply

    i hate the new marina

  10. genese perkins January 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM - Reply

    Omg come back shayna rose!!! My six month old daughter and i love you so much

  11. Evelyn January 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM - Reply

    My niece watches this show with me all the time, and I have never been able to tell difference. Lol

  12. Net February 3, 2013 at 8:17 PM - Reply

    we love the “new” Marina. To my family she is a much better fit with the show. We love the way the sound of the music changed with the changes too. We loved Fresh Beat as it was in the beginning, but love it much more now! We watch all Fresh Beat episodes in the end regardless of who is playing Marina.

  13. Jack's Mom March 6, 2013 at 7:01 PM - Reply

    Love the new Marina! She fits in with the show much better than the original actress. Her acting, singing, and dancing are more natural and not forced as seemed with Shayna Rose. My son doesn’t know the difference between the two actresses but as a parent that has seen both versions of Marina, the new Marina is a keeper.

  14. Zaxx's Mommy March 17, 2013 at 12:25 AM - Reply

    i miss the OLD Marina!!!!

  15. Alex March 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM - Reply

    I NEVER liked old marina, she wasn’t a good/energetic actress or dancer. I don’t like new marina either, she looks like she’s 30. Way too mature looking.

  16. Amy B April 7, 2013 at 3:53 PM - Reply

    i’ve never heard of the new or old marina! hmmm…i guess i should be watching more t.v.!

  17. Karen F. April 23, 2013 at 10:38 AM - Reply

    I like the old Marina better and My children know the difference and the difference’s in they way the song’s sound.. But I guess we got to get use to it

  18. Chris June 5, 2013 at 11:27 AM - Reply

    My girls just got into season 3 yesterday, and my 4 year old just asked my wife this morning why Marina’s voice is different. Ha!

    I joked with my wife that people can’t tell the difference between red heads (she has lots of read heads in her family, and I have a red beard). But seriously, couldn’t they have given the old Marina a farewell and then introduced an entirely new character? They even could have had Tara Perry be Marina’s sister or something.

  19. Kirina June 10, 2013 at 2:40 AM - Reply

    Uhg. My younger sister just said she likes miss ‘big mouth’ tara better than Shayna. Uhg. I loved Shayna but know she`s gone for good(well in this case it`s gone for bad but youn know what i mean) First of all tara cannot keep beat and sings to quietly and screams to loudly. She really needs sing lessons in my opinion. I mean listen to her sing in stomp the house or the go banana songs. Soooooo off beat.Tara also smiles weirdly because if you add bigfoot with giant it adds to be TARA`S BIG MOUTH. Tara also is the most quiet singer. like in the wizard of song episode when she and twist started sing music really keeps me moving together you can hear her and twist equaly but when kiki joins you can`t tell tara`s there.Have you noticed that Yvette gonzalez-nacer took the place of tara`s vocolizing. Shayna also had a much stronger voice. She chanted like One, Two, Three, Four but tara`s like this one two three—-hey lets go get cupcakes.I likes Shayna. Tara does not deserve the title of marina she is just called tara nothing else special. I personally like both girls the best…..Or at least when Shayna was there not tara. Also what do most the people have against kiki(A.K.A. Yvette gonzalez-nace) What did she ever do. i mean why don`t you forgive her for who she is not who she was. I mean not that she ever did anything…..now true or false: hadley is a girl name, Shayna has a daughter named tua, and yvette has a daughter named hadley. With tara gone everything would be right as rain but know shayna`s happy sun has gotten covered by tara`s clouds. but one day the sky wil clear and shayna`s sun will shina again next to a rainbow of happiness. if only she came back….

  20. Paola June 20, 2013 at 7:23 PM - Reply

    Shayna Rose is best to Tara Perry I love this

  21. Assiral June 24, 2013 at 4:55 AM - Reply

    I misa the old marina and I knew something was fishy about the new one. Anyway and yea Im a teen and I teen and I remember when they first came out I remeber them being named the jump around or bounce arounds..anyway I told my friend and she was like: ” waaaa no they always been the fresh beat band” I was like: ” um no I know I’m not imaging becaue I remeber that clear as day! Anyway thank you for refreshing my meomry and telling me what happen to the old marina I miss her :(

  22. Connie Robertson October 31, 2013 at 9:26 AM - Reply

    My Grandkids and I love the Fresh Beat Band but we havent seen any new shows in ages. Has the show been cancelled or are they just on tour. Such a great show for kids who love to dance and sing. We love both Marinas.

  23. Arthur January 12, 2014 at 8:31 PM - Reply

    Shayna Rose has resurfaced in a new self-produced, adorable, and rapidly going viral musical series on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLD6VBR83m0

    • MommyB January 12, 2014 at 8:36 PM - Reply

      It looks like so much fun and my girls wanted to watch it over and over again!

  24. Nancy March 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM - Reply

    I preferred the old Marina but I like the new Marina. The problem isn’t so much their replacement, it’s the direction of the show. I stopped watching the new episodes since Shayna and Reed left because they introduced some very annoying characters and the focus seems to be on them rather than the message and music in each show. My kids also lost interest after the second season.

  25. Dee June 25, 2014 at 1:40 PM - Reply

    In “Step It Up” episode, it looks like Shayna Rose was pregnant. This would explain why she was not allow to do the harder steps.

    • MommyB June 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM - Reply

      Dee, if you check out my 2 carats interviews Shayna says herself she was never pregnant.

      • Dee September 2, 2014 at 11:47 AM - Reply

        Did she comment about the mistery about her leaving Fresh Street Band? I seen her advertisement about starring in a new family series. I actually comment “I like” filor the new series.

        • Jennifer Bullock September 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM - Reply

          Dee, you’ll have to check out my 3 part interview with Shayna Rose on this blog, one of which I ask her some questions about FBB.

  26. Louis August 31, 2014 at 10:05 AM - Reply

    I love the new marina I love her moves and I like the way she dances also

  27. Louis September 1, 2014 at 10:36 AM - Reply

    And I like how she sings also and a love her hair and her face better then the old marina

  28. Louis September 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM - Reply

    I like the old marina

  29. Louis September 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM - Reply

    I like both of them I have to say

  30. Louis September 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM - Reply

    I like the old marina the best

  31. ivelisse September 14, 2014 at 4:57 AM - Reply

    I like the old marina. She has a better sense of humor N the new one tries to fit in to much w the group.

  32. Beautifil November 13, 2014 at 3:52 AM - Reply

    I like the original Marina , I watched The Fresh Beat Band as a kid and its not the same anymore. The new Marina frazzled my little sister and she noticed it at the age of 6. People notice change and I think if she was going to get off the show then what’s the point. Don’t start something you can’t finish. Big fan but for real though.

  33. Nathalie January 18, 2015 at 11:54 AM - Reply

    My 5 year old son totally noticed the change. Hence, how I ended up on this page trying to find out why so I can explain to him what happened.

  34. Christopher croke March 8, 2015 at 9:36 PM - Reply

    quite honestly I was disturbed with the replacement cast member that replaced marina I thought she was very much more upbeat perky and full of life she voice of her own she was original and she blended very well with the rest of the band with your sense of humor and her kid like hands on approach whereas this new one may do the job but she doesn’t have have to spunk, personality and so welcoming characteristics whereas if you were a parent or child felt she was approachable kind have had a positive attitude towards life that reflected in the show. thank God mychild is older now and doesn’t watch Fresh Beat Band as often as he used after having a conversation with my 6 year old and he could tell the difference and the change of character I felt that it took away from his interests in the show. she was very talented she will be missed from the show and I hope and has led to bigger and better things because she was a positive role model that I can even respect and wish i could have some of the qualities thatseememd to have.

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