Disney calls the Hannah Montana star a "bright, talented young lady"

By Ellen Shapiro
Updated April 30, 2008 03:45 PM
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She may be under fire for her Vanity Fair and Internet photos, but Miley Cyrus will still be center stage Saturday at the 2008 Disney Channel Games.

The Disney Channel stands by their Hannah Montana superstar, confirming that she will perform at the concert wrapping the weeklong charity event held at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

After some private photos hit the blogs – but before Cyrus apologized for the "embarrassing" Vanity Fair magazine shoot – a Disney exec conceded, “the Internet adds a whole new twist to typical teenage life.”

“Being the most famous 15-year-old in the world is exciting but fraught with challenges and exceptional responsibility,” Gary Marsh, Disney Channel entertainment president, told the Los Angeles Times about their biggest star before the photo flap.

The scandal hasn’t slowed down Cyrus’s packed work schedule. In addition to the concert – which airs in July and also features the Jonas Brothers, The Cheetah Girls, Demi Lovato and Jordan Pruitt – Cyrus will begin filming the Hannah Montana movie next week in Nashville. Her new album is slated for a July release.

Not to mention most industry experts expect Cyrus will be just fine. “The audience is going to let this one go,” says Jerry Del Colliano, a music industry professor at the University of Southern California. “The parents are going to forgive and the kids are going to love her just as much.”