Selena Gomez Helped to Launch Demi Lovato’s Career!

25 Jun

Demi Lovato‘s star turn at Disney had its beginnings when she was 11. Her mother, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and a country-music singer, took Ms. Lovato and her best friend, a fellow Barney performer named Selena Gomez, to a “talent search” in Austin organized by Disney, which was considering developing a Lizzie McGuire spinoff.

Disney casting executives noticed Ms. Lovato but snapped up her friend. “Selena is an adorable looking Hispanic girl, and looks more Hispanic than Demi, and that’s what they were looking for at the time,” says Ms. De La Garza. Ms. Lovato returned to Dallas, where she was home-schooled and continued her acting, singing and music lessons.

Then in 2006, Ms. Lovato attended another Disney talent search in Dallas, and Disney cast her in a short series called As the Bell Rings. Filmed outside Austin, each episode was a five-minute-long comedic vignette about high-school students between classes that aired in place of commercial breaks on other Disney Channel shows.

Ms. Gomez was largely responsible for what happened next. “I was absolutely determined to get [Ms. Lovato] on the Disney Channel with me,” Ms. Gomez says in an interview. So during a break in the taping of her Disney show, Wizards of Waverly Place, she called Ms. Lovato out of the audience for an impromptu performance. When she belted out a version of singer Christina Aguilera‘s 2006 “Ain’t No Other Man” single, “all of the [executives’] heads completely turned to her,” says Ms. Gomez.

Well, as The Cheetah Girls say, “friends help friends make their dreams come true!” 🙂

38 Responses to “Selena Gomez Helped to Launch Demi Lovato’s Career!”

  1. Zdarlight June 25, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    Wow, that’s amazing.
    It’s sad that Demi wasn’t able to make it alone, but who said being helped was ever a bad thing. 🙂

    Demi Lovato’s got talent. I wouldn’t say as much as Selena Gomez, but she’s definitely better than anyone I know.

    I’m glad she’s achieving her dream.

  2. alexandria June 28, 2008 at 7:33 pm #

    i lov ya’lls music it is the boom!!!!! keep rockn! girls!!! selena do u like nick? demi, do u like joe? yes, no, maybe, why?- selena!! demi, yes, no, maybe, why?

  3. alexandria June 28, 2008 at 7:35 pm #

    THAT IS REALLYGOOD SELEna u r a great bffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff!!

  4. Helen Kim June 29, 2008 at 9:06 am #

    OMGGGGGGGG, how sweet of her(:

  5. Angel July 1, 2008 at 5:59 am #

    Wow! she is very sweet. i just luv her.i met her and she’s alot nicer in person.

  6. Hanna July 1, 2008 at 11:37 pm #

    God i love the movie its so awesome.. I’ve never heard of Demi lovato before until I saw the movie.. she’s great I love her she’s my new Idol.. she looks soo much like Hilary duff, and she even acts like her.. its like Hilary duff num 2 ..

  7. ARMOND July 2, 2008 at 12:47 am #

    that was a verry nice thing for her to do. but selenas way hotter!!!!!!

  8. ARMOND July 2, 2008 at 12:48 am #

    that was verry nice of her but selenas way hotter!!!!

  9. ARMOND July 2, 2008 at 12:51 am #

    that was verry nice of her.

  10. ARMOND July 2, 2008 at 12:52 am #

    that was verry nice of her. selenas a good friend

  11. Anonymous July 30, 2008 at 5:44 pm #

    hola demi lovato soy tu fans numero 1

    yo ma llamo angela


  12. Anonymous August 17, 2008 at 9:52 pm #

    U ROCK!!

  13. Anonymous August 17, 2008 at 9:53 pm #

    sELENA U R AN AWESOME IDOL i know cuz im Demi! and thxs for tall the nice things u guys said well gtg, talking to Selena on the phone!

  14. Anonymous August 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm #

    love it!!

  15. milerz and manderz September 20, 2008 at 11:35 pm #

    Hey all i have to say is that i am friends with Selena and Demi we just aren’t best friends but we couldn’t be anyways because we both have such busy lives it would be hard to keep up with each other!


    keep on living out your dreams!!!=)=)=)<3<3<3***

  16. selena October 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm #

    selena vc éeee mais bonita linta especial do q a milly a chatilda dela eeeeu sou mais vc++++++++muito++vc merece d+ nick jonas

  17. alejandra marquez November 3, 2008 at 4:56 pm #

    Selena why did you help Lovato’s career?

  18. alejandra marquez November 3, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    Selena Gomez how did you meet Nick Jonas? How did he ask you out? How did you gays meet?

  19. patrick crystal November 9, 2008 at 5:39 pm #

    I love you! je suis camerounais

  20. kathya December 1, 2008 at 4:46 pm #

    hello star i love you

  21. chamle December 14, 2008 at 3:34 am #

    cool fact

  22. kesha January 1, 2009 at 7:02 pm #


  23. SELENA\KESHA SHATTERS January 1, 2009 at 7:03 pm #


  24. SELENA GOMEZ January 1, 2009 at 7:05 pm #


  25. KESHA January 1, 2009 at 7:09 pm #


  26. Selena_ rocks January 10, 2009 at 9:28 pm #

    Hey Selena i just wanted to say i am a huge fan also your so nice and thoughtful you help people in there career anyone would want you as a friend

  27. kim January 12, 2009 at 3:54 am #

    hey, i gess ur never gonna read this, but ya know if you do, could u consisder launching a talent quest in new zealand? after all u owe your whole career to a talent search!


  28. kim January 12, 2009 at 3:57 am #

    oh and say yes! to every1 called kim!!

    i<3u…well not realli coz i don’t know u, but you are a talented girl! big ups to your mum! for taking u to the talent competition!


  29. Selena Gomez January 12, 2009 at 4:13 am #

    Hey girls, keep living your dreams!

    Thanks for all the encouraging comments, life is what you make it!

  30. be mine kevin jonas!!! January 12, 2009 at 4:15 am #

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  31. ######JONAS FAN NZ###### January 12, 2009 at 4:18 am #

    Hey jonas bros,
    yes i know u will read this! coz lots of celebs like to take an interest in what people in the real world think of them, not just crazed fans!

    well i think you are really talented! though you could use a few more dynamics in your songs.

    anyway, please launch a talent quest in new zealand… you have the powere to, so why not!!!

    kim a. dunedin new zealand!!!
    im a kiwi and im way proud of it!!
    queenstowns beautiful!!

  32. caitlin January 13, 2009 at 7:16 am #

    you guys are awesome and i love your music and if you make another youtube video can you make a shout out for me here i tell you the names samuel and kendra marmee morgan and matt and caitlin and my best one ever my mom shes awesome her name is tammy and i live in erie pa and i do want to live in housten texas like you said on your video but yous said texas so and one more thing can you answer this for you and demi if you had to die your hair what color would it be and when demi was 11 years old she looked like me bye i love you all

  33. lara January 25, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    hello i love you princess


  34. mariangel February 27, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    eteslamejor=) me encotan tus candiones:)

  35. andrea April 26, 2009 at 3:13 am #

    zorry yo ablo español pero veo tu programa de los echiceros eres muy buena actriz tamvien te vi en hanna montana buen actuado love eres the best pero no tanto como antonella the best esq porque ella es divina

  36. cccccc May 18, 2009 at 2:15 am #

    te odio maraka kulia

  37. Kyle Myers January 3, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    wht i wnt to know selena and demi is wht did u hve to do
    to become actress? the reason is because thts my dream as well

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