Good and bad young celebrities

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 8:48 PM | comments: 0

Joss Stone was on Craig Ferguson last night, as an interview and a performer. Let me first mention that I didn't realize she's only 19, and now I feel a little dirty. Anyway, I was amazed that even though she's been singing since she was 14, she still retains a lot of youthful enthusiasm while seemingly taking it all in stride.

Compare this to someone like Britney, who has always interviewed like a bit of a clueless idiot. What causes that difference among young celebrities? Why do some manage to keep it together while others have total melt downs?

I'm sure part of it has to do with the context of their career. Britney is product, and frankly always has been since her Mouse Club days. Then it was be cute and sing, now it's be slutty, sing and dance. Joss on the other hand has always been about the music and she's far more talented. If she's accused of being attractive, I think it comes from her personality and her confidence performing.

I suppose it has something to do with parenting as well. God knows enough celebrities have been totally fucked up by their parents. I can't even imagine having to try and support a child like that and try to keep them "normal" while in the spotlight.


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