Miley Cyrus has a country star watching over her, and it’s not just dear ol’ dad (and “Hannah Montana” co-star) Billy Ray Cyrus. Country legend Dolly Parton says she’s also looking out for the teen queen.
“I’m her fairy godmother,” Parton told The Associated Press.
The “Can’t Be Tamed” singer and the blond icon joined forces in May for a duet — a rendition of Parton’s 1973 hit single “Jolene” — during a celebration of Dollywood, the singer’s namesake Shangri-La. Parton showed the teen superstar some love after performing with her for the Hallmark Channel special taped earlier this year, commemorating 25 years of the Tennessee theme park.
Miley has been getting some heat lately for what her critics say is an increasingly sexed-up image, a budding persona at odds with the inoffensive sass of the Disney series that launched the teen to stardom. However, Parton, who has built a decades-long career and entertainment empire blending sweet, down-home wholesomeness with bubbly, busty sex appeal, maintains that Cyrus is headed in the right direction.
“I’m just real proud of her,” Parton said. “She does not need my advice, but she’s often asking for information and advice, and I tell her what I know, but I think the girl’s doing all right without me.”
In addition to the Miley/Dolly duet, the special will feature performances from Kenny Rogers and Billy Ray, who has known Parton since he first burst onto the scene in the early ’90s with his mega-hit “Achy Breaky Heart.” Parton said the tribute show thoroughly represents the successful amusement park.
“There are a lot of wonderful things,” she said. “It shows the park really great, and the audience and all the people that work here, so we’ve really covered it in every respect.”
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