Demi Lovato‘s transition from Disney star to pop singer was ‘savvier’ than Miley Cyrus’, reports New York Times. Embracing unairbrushed moments has become a defining characteristic of Ms. Lovato, 20, one that has helped propel her back into the spotlight after a sudden fall from grace (in late 2010, she entered rehab for issues related to an eating disorder and cutting) that brought her career, which accelerated on the Disney Channel, to a halt.
Rather than adhere to the Hollywood playbook of dismissing or softening the facts, Ms. Lovato has openly aired her troubles, tweeting to her 12 million fans about how she spent New Year’s Eve in rehab, and talking to Katie Couric about feeling fat while still in diapers. Instead of tarnishing her image, these candid revelations seem to have bolstered her. She is in negotiations to return as a judge for the next season of the Fox reality singing show ‘The X Factor.’ She was arguably the breakout star of the show last winter. And her new song, “Heart Attack,” was No. 1 on iTunes its first week of release. Some critics compare her to the reality-show hall-of-famer Kelly Clarkson.
Ms. Lovato’s second act stands in vivid contrast to that of Miley Cyrus, Ms. Lovato’s direct predecessor in the Disney ranks. Ms. Cyrus’s transition from teen queen to adult star was marred by a steady drip, drip of scandalous revelations and a near-nude photo spread in Vanity Fair, which left many of her fans feeling alienated and confused; her record sales plummeted. Her approach has proved far savvier, as was her decision to use ‘X Factor,’ which last season averaged eight million viewers, as a comeback vehicle. Nowhere did she seem more ‘authentic,’ as her handlers like to say, than on that show, emerging as a lively, relatable judge who was far more at ease than her fellow panelist Britney Spears.
While Ms. Spears offered terse, generic-sounding critiques to contestants and appeared to be in a state of quiet distress throughout the season (she is not returning), Demi was a nurturing den mother, at one point walking on stage to console a crying singer, Jillian Jensen, who said she had been bullied at school. (Ms. Lovato attributes her own struggles to being bullied when she was 12.) Full article HERE!