Contestant No. 1: Demi Lovato (born August 20, 1992)
Claim to Fame: Star of Disney's made-for-TV High School Musical answers to Saved By The Bell: The Summer Season, Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Also stars in the Disney Channel original series Sonny With a Chance.
Musical Chops: Has released two solo albums on the Disney-owned Hollywood Records, in addition to the two Camp Rock soundtracks she's prominently appeared on (the first of which went platinum). Those solo records were no jokes, though: 2008's Don't Forget peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard album charts; 2009's Here We Go Again, meanwhile, reached the very top of that list. Her singles, unfortunately for her, haven't fared as well; only her Camp Rock duet with Joe Jonas, "This is Me" broke into Billboard's top ten.
Local Music Act She Most Adores: Neon Indian, for which Hipster Runoff gave both Lovato and and Neon Indian frontman Alan Palomo flack.
Music Video In Which She's Maybe Too Sexy For Her Age: "Remember December." Clearly.
Lovato may just be 18, but she sure doesn't look it. Like many a Hollywood starlet before her, the girl looks a good five years older than she's supposed to. The fact that her music videos find her clubbing with pals probably adds to that much. If we had to pick another Hollywood celebrity to compare her to, we'd go with her namesake (we assume), Demi Moore.
Lovato plays the good girl on TV and in made-for TV movies, but we ain't buying that in real life. She looks like the rebellious girl who stays out past the curfew her parents impose, and like she sneaks cigarettes out of her purse the second her parents leave the house. Also, her favorite band is known for a song called "Should've Taken Acid With You." Basically? We're not buying the whole innocent vibe; Lovato's a bad girl all the way. And we don't need to tell you why bad girls are appealing. At least, we hope not.
Contestant No. 1: Selena Gomez (born July 22, 1992)
Hometown: Grand Prairie
Claim to Fame: Stars in the Disney Channel original series Wizards of Waverly Place, and has a little more silver screen cred than Lovato thanks to her work in this summer Ramona and Beezus.
Musical Chops: Like Lovato, Gomez has released her fair share of Disney TV show and movie soundtracks--none, though, have reached the kind of success that Lovato had with Camp Rock. But it's in her solo discs that Gomez may outshine her BFF. Her 2009 disc, Kiss & Tell, which finds her backed by a band called "The Scene," didn't reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts (or even No. 2) like Lovato's did, but they did peak at a respectable No. 9. And, more important, her album success wasn't a one-week thing; her solo debut eventually sold over 500,000 earning gold certification--something Lovato can't claim. Her follow-up, A Year Without Rain, will earn its release on September 21.
Local Music Act She Most Adores: Forever the Sickest Kids, with whom she recorded a remix of the band's biggest hit, "Woah Oh (Me Vs. Everyone).
Music Video In Which She's Maybe Too Sexy For Her Age: "A Year Without Rain." Duh.
Unlike Lovato, Gomez very much looks her age, thanks to those oh-so-adorable round cheeks. And that's the card she plays, preferring to style herself the cutesy or glamorous rout, rather than the rebellious, black leather deal chosen by her pal. It works, too. In the above clip, Gomez doesn't just dress up in a gown; sherocks
How many different ways can we talk about how adorable Gomez is?Many
ways, apparently. She just looks so adorable with those chipmunk cheeks, that charming smile and those eyes that we feel like we can take a swim in. She's also got that whole Latina vibe working for her--something we still haven't gotten over all these years after the late '90s Latin explosion. And her debut album was calledKiss & Tell
, for Christ's sake, so even though she looks innocent, she's a little bit of a troublemaker, too. The easy celebrity comparison here is another Disney celeb, a few years her senior: Gomez is like Vanessa Hudgens--only without the whole naked picture scandal. Which, actually, is a good thing, we think. Imagination is a terrible thing to waste, after all.
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...so who's the winner? One more jump and we'll tell you.
Winner: Gomez, by a hair.
We've seen Camp Rock and Sonny Without a Chance--and we've also seen Wizards of Waverly Place. And, fact is, Gomez is a vastly better actor. Which, we think, makes her more talented; the difference between their musical offerings, let's face it, is pretty minimal. And while Lovato scores many, many points for the whole bad girl thing, and for clearly having better musical taste, we just feel like we'd be more comfortable taking Gomez home to meet mom and dad.
Although, really, if we brought home an 18-year-old to meet the parents, we'd probably be kicked out the will regardless.