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Miley slips from teen idol perch — but does it matter?
Miley Cyrus’s status as a teen idol has taken a knock in a poll of teens and tweens, reflecting the tough time many celebrities have making the transition from child star to a young woman. But is she really the worst celebrity influence — on tweens — of the year?
The poll of 9-15 year olds on the web site JSYK.com seemed to suggest that Miley’s star might be fading after a roller-coaster three-year reign as one of the most popular teens in the world.
In some unsettling results, Miley was deemed to have a worse influence on her younger fans than the likes of Kanye West — who was almost universally condemned for hijacking Taylor Swift’s moment of glory at the MTV Video Music Awards in September — and Britney Spears — a sad example of the price of huge fame at an early age.
But Miley’s standings in the role model stakes don’t seem to be hurting her popularity. Her “Hannah Montana” show is still bringing in bumper ratings for Disney Channel and her latest single “Party in the USA” (the one that caused the fuss about pole dancing) is currently No.2 on the iTunes download charts.
So can Miley be seen as a bad influence but still retain her global popularity, or has she been overtaken by Taylor Swift?
And why do you think she has slipped so far in the opinion of the young fans who helped to rocket her to fame?