Is Tiffany Thornton Disney's Next Big Star?

With Demi Lovato departing the small screen, the Disney Channel is grooming Thornton to be its next household name

With Sonny with a Chance star Demi Lovato suddenly exiting the small screen and Wizards of Waverly Place's Selena Gomez not far behind, who will take over their spots atop the mantel of Disney Channel TV starlets? Look no further than Tiffany Thornton.

Don't let Tiffany's ripe old age of 25 or her upcoming marriage fool you. She can do "teen" with the best of them, especially now that she's the star of So Random!, the post-Lovato reincarnation of Sonny with a Chance.

Having played Tawni Hart on Sonny since 2009, Tiffany’s already a recognizable face to kids and tweens across the country, but the spotlight is much brighter now. And smaller. Will Tiffany be a breakout star like Lovato, Gomez, Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly), and Miley Cyrus?

Well, Tiffany had the poise of a star when she appeared on Fox & Friends last Tuesday morning, talking about her new show, Demi and her strong Christian faith. She also described how a life-threatening bout of meningitis inspired her to become the national spokesperson for Voices of Meningitis, a campaign to raise awareness about meningococcal vaccination for preteens and teens.

Like Debby Ryan, another rising Disney Channel star (who is seven years Thornton's junior), Tiffany has acted in a TV movie -- Hatching Pete --- and sung on various Disney soundtracks and albums. Give her just a little more time, and she might be the queen of teen TV before she hits 30.

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