Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers and ... Dallas' Demi Lovato?

Dallas' Demi Lovato
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Till, oh, 13 minutes ago I'd never heard the name Demi Lovato -- which, admittedly, is a little surprising, as the TV in our house does occasionally find itself tuned to the Disney Channel, courtesy a remote-control-savvy 4-year-old with whom we share the space. Regardless, the 15-year-old daughter of former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Dianna Lovato is about to become a household name -- or, barring that, a brand name, courtesy the fine folks at the Walt Disney Co. who've dedicated themselves to elevating the former Barney & Friends actor to Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers status with what appears to be a rather complete star-making formula laid out moments ago on Forbes' Web site courtesy Disney Channel's entertainment chief, Gary Marsh.

The Dallas-born Lovato was discovered at an open casting call here and currently appears on something called As the Bell Rings -- which sounds like a cross between one of my mom's soaps and something starring Screech. But she's soon to be everywhere, writes Forbes' Lacey Rose:

Next, she'll star opposite the hugely popular Jonas Brothers in Camp Rock, a High School Musical-esque Disney Channel movie premiering in June. Then she hits the road for a concert tour with the band this summer. That's followed by another Disney Channel movie called Princess Protection Program, co-starring fellow network star Selena Gomez. And, oh yeah, she just signed with Hollywood Records -- a Disney record label, of course - -and hopes to release a debut album this fall.

So, yeah, Demi Lovato. So noted. --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.