Nowadays thinking when thinking of Hannah Montana is inevitable to relate the character with the American singer and actress Miley Cyrus, however, this was not always the main option for Disney, since at that time she was still very young and they wanted an actress a little older, among the candidates was the singer Jojo, who enjoyed great success after her debut album that gave her hits like “Leave (Get Out) but turned down the role. But there is another option that came close to wearing the blonde wig. It is about the Mexican singer Belinda.
The Hannah Montana series premiered on March 24, 2006, at that time Belinda was in the stage of greatest exposure in her career, at that time still a teenager had managed to sell more than 2 million copies of her albums worldwide , including soundtracks of his soap operas and his solo album “Belinda” published in 2003 and had managed in his then 17 years to fill the National Auditorium 11 times.
In a 2006 Billboard magazine publication, they mention that the president of Disney Channel content worldwide Gary Marsh had a first meeting with the interpreter of “Bella Traición” during the casting of the comedy series Hannah Montana, a project that It was gambling to be one of the channel’s biggest hits, yet the pop star wasn’t quite ready to play a character that was entirely in English.
“She was not yet comfortable enough with a character that was entirely in English,” Marsh said.
For her part, Belinda said that “I’m shy speaking English all the time, but I write in English.”
But she did not completely miss her opportunity, as Belinda landed a role in the Disney Channel original movie “The Cheetah Girls 2” where she acted alongside Raven Symone and participated in the soundtrack that ended up selling 2 million copies worldwide. world. The film was one of the channel’s most watched premieres at the time, with 8 million viewers in the United States alone.
Belinda was trying to conquer the Anglo-Saxon market at that time with her album “Útopia”, which included some songs in English, she worked with producers and composers who had collaborated with artists of the stature of Celine Dion, Gwen Stefani and Hilary Duff. Although this musical work was a great triumph in his career with songs like “Luz Sin Gravedad” and “Ni Freud, Ni Tu Mamá” it did not end up emerging in the English market.
In the end, who got the role was Miley Cyrus, and the series ended up being a television success with four seasons, with six albums and two films, one in concert and one more fiction.
For her part, Belinda returned to soap operas with Camaleones (2009) and released two more albums “Carpe Diem” and “Catharsis”, currently she continues to launch some collaborations and keeps busy with her social networks and collaborations with clothing brands.
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Belinda came close to playing Hannah Montana before Miley Cyrus