Since many of the finalists are smack in the middle of Demi’s demographic — teenage girls — Zap2it had to ask them what they thought about meeting Lovato later in the week.
Skylar Laine, 18, says she’s thrilled Lovato is returning to the spotlight. “I’m so happy she’s had a great comeback. She had that hard year last year and everything and I’m so happy she’s got a comeback,” referring to Lovato’s rehab stay and many tabloid headlines. “I’ve been a fan of hers since she was on Disney Channel. From the beginning when she was there.”
Hollie Cavanagh, also 18, says she’s glad girls can look up to Lovato as a role model. “I think she’s a really, really good role model. She went through a tough time and now she’s setting herself as a role model for young teenagers, and I think that’s definitely what people in the music industry need — or just in Hollywood in general, when you’re under a spotlight. I think she’s just setting a really good example — and she can sing too!”
“Girl can sing,” Erika Van Pelt, who at 26 is slightly older than the average Demi fan. Laine disagrees. “No, she can’t sing. She can SANG.”
Not surprisingly, 16-year-old Shannon Magrane is a huge fan of Lovato from her Disney days. “This is weird, but you’d never think that a 16-year-old girl would turn on the TV and watch Disney Channel and TeenNick,” she says, adorably.
Of course we believe it, Shannon! “That’s the first thing that I turn to, those two channels — 36 and 40 in Tampa,” she admits. “I can’t help but watch that. I watch Demi all the time on TV and it’s just going to be so weird, seeing her in person now. I’m such a child. I love Disney Channel.”
DeAndre Brackensick, 17, respects Lovato, but says that he’s not the biggest fan in his house — his little sister is. “I don’t really listen to her that much, but I’ve heard a couple songs and she’s amazing,” he says. “My sister listens to her a lot. She’s 12.”