Which hot celebrity teens will still be in “in” in 10? Teens who make it as celebrities often fade as they become young adults in terms of popularity. Which five current teens will still hit the mark in the year 2020? My investigation into the current teen crop revealed five kids who could still be “in” by the next decade.
1) Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus has so many things going on that it’s hard to believe the teen singer and actress won’t be a factor in 2020? The questions Miley Cyrus will need to answer is how can she take her young teen audience with her over the next ten years? Will she mature as her audience matures and become a hit movie star? Or will she carry her audience with her music? Miley has several options of how to evolve over the next decade. Her choices could be critical as to how she is perceived by teens moving into young adulthood. Will Miley be perceived as the teeny bopper girl who had everything going for her? Or will she be the former teeny bopper who evolved so much that it forced new audiences to fall in love with her for different reasons? Cyrus certainly is on top of the world right now in terms of popularity. She was listed in 2009 as the 2nd top teen in terms of currency according to Forbes magazine. Let’s just say her stock as a hot teen celebrity couldn’t get much hotter right now.
She has managed to stay clean of the majority of trouble her fellow young celebs sometimes fall into.
Miley can certainly maintain her good name by continuing to mature in a relevant way. Obviously, Miley Cyrus doesn’t want to follow the path of a Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton. Miley wants to keep her name out there but in a positive way like Julia Roberts. Her acting career probably won’t be her ticket to still being “in” in 10-I believe music will most likely guide her to that spot. The unfortunate thing about music is people seem to tire of acts rather quickly these days. If Miley Cyrus wants to stay on top, she’ll need to set herself apart from other teen singers. Will she do it? There’s little doubt that in 10 years Miley Cyrus will be around in some fashion. It doesn’t seem likely this teen will completely drift out of the spotlight and into a “where are they now?” feature story. Will she be as dominant of a figure as she is now? That seems kind of far-fetched but this talented performer can get it done if anyone can.
2) Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is already a country music legend. She is one of those rare artists who seems to help her genre cross over into many other realms of music. Swift is probably on a down curve currently in terms of her popularity. It’s hard to imagine she could ever be hotter than what most country music fans witnessed in 2009 when she seemed to sweep awards up with a giant broom. Can Taylor remain a force for 10 years? Country music, like many other genres, seems to eat up and spit out stars. Only a select few have the kind of staying power it takes to stick around for a decade. Does Taylor Swift fit that bill or will she just be phased out after he teen popularity slows down? Taylor is going to have to mature just like Miley to keep the country music flame burning. Expect heavier songs in the near future as Taylor makes her way into young adulthood. Will adult fans hop on board a Taylor Swift ballad? Will her switch away from the pop type music alienate her young fans who want the Taylor Swift brand she has self-marketed so well? These are questions Taylor Swift will need to answer over the next few years as she makes the transition. Being a song writer, she obviously has the potential to stick around for years to come in some capacity. But will that staying power include future #1 songs or songs that barely make the charts? Taylor has a specific sound to her songs. Hopefully country music fans will be ready for her new phase whenever Taylor decides to make that transition into adult music and no longer the “prom queen”. If not, Swift might find the going a bit rough on the country music river. My guess is Taylor will still be “in” somewhat in 10. Her talent is just too hard to overlook.
3) Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber couldn’t be much hotter in 2010. The question for Bieber is how can he maintain the frenzy that has become Justin Bieber mania. The jury seems to still be out on his music. For now, it seems like he is just the next big teen star earning his 15 minutes of fame. Justin Bieber may be called an over-achiever because his 15 minutes has lasted well past that quarter of an hour. I believe Bieber has the toughest road in the future in terms of staying on top. His music is very average and his looks could drastically change as he matures as a young adult. My guess is that Bieber will need to transition into acting to keep his name in the spotlight for the next decade. His music just isn’t going to appeal to the adult crowd and once his time in the spotlight is up-it just might be over. Bieber though has a solid opportunity to capitalize on his name recognition now and set himself up for an acting career on down the road. Who knows what his voice will be like once it really changes over the next couple of years. While it is rare for young teen boy singers to stick around, it has happened. Bieber might not be “in” in 2020 in the same fashion, he could though be a factor in some shape or form. The former YouTube sensation does have a knack of getting his name out there so don’t be surprised if he’s still around in 10 years.
Don’t also be surprised if his being “around” changes to a different capacity.
4) Dakota Fanning
The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to Dakota Fanning is the maturation of a future blockbuster icon. Fanning might have the ability to last longer than the other stars of her age for several reasons. First, Fanning has never been over-hyped and over-branded. Fanning has subtly sailed along in movie after movie, building her reputation and her brand without being too popular. Fanning was listed as third in terms of teen currency in the list on Forbes magazine. Unlike other hot teen celebrity stars, Fanning is an incredibly accomplished actress already.
Fanning already has 20 plus movies under her belt. I believe that will only help this young actress build a solid base of loyal fans who will not despise her because everyone talks about her and how great she is. Fanning has tremendous upside and I think her stock has yet to even come close to reaching its potential.
If Dakota can continue to steer clear of the trouble presented to celebrity actresses of her age, I believe she has potential to be an Oscar winning actress who commands millions of dollars for each future feature film she headlines. There is little doubt in my mind that Dakota Fanning will be “In” in 2020.
5) Daniel Radcliffe
Radcliffe really isn’t a teen anymore but his stock certainly rests in a teen series. So is the star of the Harry Potter series going to be pigeon-holed and remember forever as young Harry Potter? Or will Daniel Radcliffe emerge as one of the top young actors of our time? It certainly seems as if Radcliffe is capable of landing anywhere in-between. Radcliffe won’t be a teen much longer, but he will probably forever and inevitably be remembered as Harry Potter. Radcliffe was listed as the top teen actor in a recent online study in Forbes magazine. He has raked in the big bucks thanks to the Potter series. The biggest question for Radcliffe might be whether or not audiences will relate to him as anything other than Harry Potter. It’s unlikely Radcliffe can continue the series as a young adult unless more books are written(which you can’t really rule out, can you?)
It might be a safer be to put your money on his co-star Emma Watson to be in “in” in 10 years. Watson has a much smaller role in the Potter flicks and could emerge as the Harrison Ford(albeit a female) of the adorable series.
That’s my list of hot celebrity teen stars who have the potential to still be “In” in 10. There are other teen stars now who simply don’t command the attention or recognition these young stars are certainly garnering. It seems much more likely that acting would help these young celebs pave their way into the next decade. Music changes so quickly that many acts seem to disappear without a trace after being so big for such a short period of time.