She was once a poppy teen idol singing duets with her dad and starring in Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana. Now she’s an offbeat artist singing along to a rap song about late night parties with Snoop Dogg. And it’s this progression that MTV thinks will make for riveting television in the channel’s Miley Cyrus documentary premiering this fall.
Compared to other young celebrity disasters like Lindsey Lohan and Amanda Bynes, Miley’s fall from grace has been a bit more subdued. Since going off the air as Hannah Montana in January 2011, she managed to stay under the radar until recently, with high-profile relationships, social media shockers, and sexy performances proving she has indeed come a long way. But what will this documentary really show? Here are our hopes for the hour-long behind-the-scenes film.
Where’s the Music?
The video for her new song “We Can’t Stop” makes it seem like Miley is much more out of control than she really is. Whether it was tongue in cheek or not, someone at MTV saw it and decided it was awesome opportunity to either witness yet another child star meltdown or show how an artist can actually be completely different to how she appears in her videos. The film will reportedly focus on the creation of Miley’s new album, BANGERZ, but we wonder how much studio time we’ll witness. Tweaking knobs and pushing buttons on a recording panel sounds much less interesting than Miley strutting her stuff in clubs.
The harsh hair style and inappropriate song are not even what is keeping Miley in the spotlight most, though. In 2009, after filming Nicholas Spark’s The Last Song, she dumped boyfriend Justin Gaston and began to date up-and-coming Aussie movie star Liam Hemsworth. After a reportedly rocky relationship, Miley announced in June 2012 that Liam had popped the question. Ever since, however, the rumors have continued to swirl that perhaps this relationship is back on the fritz after Miley has been spotted without her engagement ring. We hope that we get to see some Liam action, particularly as he’ll be starring in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, around the same time.
Just a month after Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus announced their divorce, Miley had a string of social media outbursts about the separation, with most aimed at her father. A few short hours after the announcement, Miley tweeted “@billyraycyrus since your text and email obviously aren’t working would you like to talk like this?” A few weeks later, Miley took to Twitter again, posting a photo of her and Dylis Croman, a member of the “Chicago” cast that Billy Ray shared the stage with in late 2012, saying, “I’m giving you an hour to tell the truth or I’ll tell it for you.” With such apparent lack of restraint, the MTV crowd should be ready to witness an honest reaction from a 20-year-old coping with the divorce of her parents and possible love lost between her and her father.
As Miley hits the radio and TV circuits to begin promoting her new album and single, the questions about her personal life and relationships are bound to come up. While no insight has been given into exactly what her MTV deal is, the people in charge over there rarely let a good dramatic moment pass them by. As Miley prepares to tell her story, it would be no surprise if MTV finds their way behind a few closed doors to create a Miley Cyrus documentary that shows just how on the edge she really is.