Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars in 2010

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As a parent, it can be tricky to keep up with the latest band or celeb that your child has become obsessed with. Sure, we've heard of Miley Cyrus and Zac Efron... But The Carter Twins? Owl City? If you're feeling overwhelmed by all the names being thrown your way, don't worry -- ParentDish's own Christopher Healy has your guide to the hot young Hollywood stars that your kids will be buzzing about in 2010.

Selena Gomez
Just like her Disney Channel compatriot Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez launched her Hollywood career by prancing around with other little kids on "Barney & Friends." Now, she's part of the teen A-list, thanks to her starring role in the Emmy-winning series, "Wizards of Waverly Place."... (Read more)

The Carter Twins
No playful naming here: The Carter Twins are genuine twins -- Josh and Zach Carter from Akron, Ohio. And they happen to be some of country music's few teen superstars... (Read more)

The Ross sisters -- Amber, Sarah and Julia -- comprise the positive-thinking rock trio Everlife. After recording a Christian rock-branded, self-titled debut CD with Nashville-based Tovah Records, the group got picked up by Disney's powerhouse Hollywood Records label and became staples of the Radio Disney lineup... (Read more)

More talented young stars to watch for in 2010, after the jump...

Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff has the distinction of being the first Disney Channel superstar, paving the way for Raven-Symoné, Miley Cyrus, and the entire cast of "High School Musical". In her teen sitcom, "Lizzie McGuire," Duff played an average teenage girl with a very opinionated, fourth-wall-breaking, animated alter ego... (Read more)

Owl City
Owl City is often referred to not as a band, but as a musical project. Perhaps that's because Owl City consists only of Adam Young and his synthesizers... (Read more)

Leighton Meester
She may have been one of those "Hey, it's that girl" bit actors on various TV series for years (including "Veronica Mars," "Boston Public," "24," "7th Heaven," "8 Simple Rules," and "Entourage"), but now everybody knows Leighton Meester as the star of the controversial "Gossip Girl"... (Read more)

Nat and Alex Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band)
Real-life siblings Nat and Alex Wolff played themselves in the Nickelodeon mockumentary movie, "The Naked Brothers Band." It was a hilarious, prepubescent "This is Spinal Tap," that followed the rise, fall, and subsequent comeback of a mega-famous (fictional) rock group... (Read more)

Aly & AJ
Alyson (Aly) and Amanda Joy (AJ) Michalka are a sister act on the Disney-owned Hollywood Records label. Before they began recording pop albums, Aly starred in the Disney Channel TV series, "Phil of the Future."... (Read more)

Jesse McCartney
He may be best known today for crooning the kind of sensitive-guy pop that makes 12-year-old girls swoon, but Jesse McCartney began his time in a limelight as a legitimate (albeit very young) actor... (Read more)

Zac Efron
After a short-lived stint on the now-cancelled WB teen drama "Summerland" alongside Jesse McCartney, Zac Efron blasted his way to household name status as chief Big Man on Campus, Troy Bolton, in the stunningly popular "High School Musical" film series... (Read more)

Ashley Tisdale
At the age of 8, Ashley Tisdale was performing on Broadway in "Les Miserables." By 12, she had sung for President Bill Clinton at the White House. Then, in 2006, she starred in "High School Musical," and everything that came before paled in comparison... (Read more)

Vanessa Hudgens
As Gabriella Montez, one of the lead characters in the teen powerhouse "High School Musical" film franchise, Vanessa Hudgens quickly rocketed herself into the top echelons of Hollywood's young elite... (Read more)

Miranda Cosgrove
After her sweet and funny turn as Drake's younger sister on the popular Nickelodeon teen sitcom, "Drake & Josh" (with Drake Bell and Josh Peck), the almost supernaturally likeable Miranda Cosgrove graduated to leading her own series, "iCarly."... (Read more)

Corbin Bleu
Brooklynite Bleu (that's his middle name, by the way -- his full name is Corbin Bleu Reivers) is best known as Chad Danforth from the juggernaut "High School Musical" series, but he'd been acting for years before that, with small roles in films sci-fi-ish films like Kurt Russell's "Soldier," Ben Stiller's "Mystery Men," and Tim Allen's "Galaxy Quest," plus plentiful TV guest appearances... (Read more)

Tiffany Thornton
Demi Lovato may be the popular star of the Disney Channel teen sitcom, "Sonny with a Chance," but scene-stealer Tiffany Thornton is making a name for herself on the show as well. (Read more)

Cole and Dylan Sprouse

Dylan and Cole Sprouse (Dylan is the older, by 15 minutes) started off in Hollywood as many twins do -- sharing one role. They did this several times, most notably in the popular 1999 comedy, "Big Daddy,", in which both Sprouses played the suggestible moppet cared for by man-child Adam Sandler... (Read more)

Miley Cyrus
One way to insure a career in the music industry: Star in a Disney Channel sitcom as a celebrity in the music industry. Miley Cyrus, daughter of potential country one-hit wonder Billy Ray Cyrus (of "Achy Breaky Heart" fame), practically guaranteed herself at least one hit album when she took on the title role in Hannah Montana, a series about an average brunette teen who leads a secret life as a blond superstar pop singer... (Read more)

Cheetah Girls
This is the story of a fake music group that was created on paper for a series of young adult novels, which was then re-created as a fake music group for a series of live action movies, which then re-formed itself as a real music group with real albums and real concerts, and then broke up in real life, but still exists in fiction. Follow all that? Okay, let's break it down... (Read more)

The Jonas Brothers
Before there was the international mega-group, the Jonas Brothers, there was just little Nick Jonas performing on Broadway... (Read more)

Josh Peck
Native New Yorker Josh Peck is better known as the non-Drake half of Nickelodeon sitcom duo, "Drake & Josh." The popular teen comedy series ran for four seasons, and is still frequently aired on Nick in reruns... (Read more)

Emily Osmet
Actor Haley Joel Osment (also known as the "I see dead people" kid from "The Sixth Sense") is the more famous Osment sibling only to adults. For anyone under 15, it's little sister Emily who's the household name... (Read more)

Jordan Pruitt
Tennessee teen Jordan Pruitt has become a go-to theme song girl for Disney. Her first hit single, the sweet ballad "Outside Looking In," was a soundtrack standout in the 2006 Disney Channel feature, "Read It and Weep," starring Kay and Danielle Panabaker... (Read more)

KeKe Palmer
Keke Palmer (whose less-exciting real first name is Lauren) has worked both sides of the big battle for tween media domination: Disney and Nickelodeon... (Read more)

Jamie-Lynn Spears
The younger sister of megastar (and glutton for controversy) Britney Spears, Jamie Lynn first entered the limelight as a cast member on Nickelodeon's sketch comedy show, "All That." But she managed to step out of her older sibling's shadow when she scored the lead role in Nick's teen sitcom,"Zoey 101."... (Read more)

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato first entered the public eye as one of the overly enthusiastic, singing and dancing children on "Barney & Friends." She has since gained fame singing, dancing and acting. Lovato cemented her position as one of Disney's top teens with her starring role in the 2008 TV movie "Camp Rock," opposite Joe Jonas... (Read more)
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