Sonny, Nico, and Chad Were Almost Stuck in a Love Triangle on Disney Channel’s ‘Sonny With a Chance’

There’s been a few iconic love triangles on Disney Channel. There was Miley’s choice between Jesse and Jake. There was Teddy’s choice between Beau and Spencer. There was even almost a love triangle on Sonny With a Chance, between Sonny, Nico, and Chad. Here’s what we know about these characters on Disney Channel’s original series.

Sonny was the title character of a Disney Channel series starring Demi Lovato

So far, so great on this Disney Channel comedy series. Back in 2009, the television network premiered Sonny With a Chance, the story of one girl from Wisconsin who makes it big with her comedy and lands a job on So Random, a sketch series in Hollywood. 

It’s there that she meets characters Nico, Grady, Tawni, and Zora. Eventually, she runs into the star of So Random’s rival television show, Mackenzie Falls, Chad Dylan Cooper. Sonny With a Chance eventually branched off and created a spinoff, titled So Random. 

This was actually the show within a show, mentioned during Sonny With a Chance, and featured the same actors who portrayed Nico and Chad. Before they were doing sketches for So Random, though, these two characters were almost caught in a love triangle with Demi Lovato’s character. 

Disney Channel's 'Sonny With a Chance'
Disney Channel’s ‘Sonny With a Chance’ | Dean Hendler/Disney Channel via Getty Images

Sonny was originally supposed to be in a love triangle between Nico and Chad

According to J-14, Sonny was originally supposed to be in a love triangle between Nico and Chad. The article states that “producers eventually decided not to make Nico one of Sonny’s love interests, which was the original plan.” 

That plan was, of course, scrapped, having Sonny and Chad be in a relationship, despite the disdain from the rest of the So Random cast members. Their relationship started in secret for that exact reason. So Random and Makenzie Falls were always in competition, having a relationship between their cast members was unheard of! 

Although Sonny and Nico never had a romance, the two did have a pretty special friendship. For one episode, Chad and Sonny pretended to go out to make another guy jealous. When their plan somewhat backfired, Nico and Grady stepped in to help their girls get the point across. 

Sonny dated Chad during ‘Sonny With a Chance’

Still, after a rocky first date at a sushi restaurant, Sonny and Chad decided their relationship was worth bringing out of the shadows. The two continued to date for a number of episodes until the couple broke up for good during the last episode of Sonny With a Chance. (Sonny even wrote and performed her song, “What To Do.”)

Although the series may have ended, fans can relive the adventures of Sonny and Chad on Disney’s streaming service. All episodes of Sonny With a Chance, including the spinoff series So Random, are available on Disney’s streaming platform. To learn more about Disney+ and to subscribe, visit their website

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