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Betwixt all the tweens
By The Times Staff
Published August 19, 2007
Zoe McLane, 11, lower left, Jessica Mertz, lower center, and Taylor Harrelson, 11, far right, scream as Corbin Bleu performs at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday. Zoe, from New Port Richey, attended the show with her friend Jessica for her 11th birthday.
Bianca Ryan, 12, who took first place on the debut season of America's Got Talent, performs at the Ford Amphitheatre on Saturday night.
Girls swarmed the Ford Amphitheatre Saturday night to see today's most popular youth celebrities. For many, it will be the last big event of the summer, as school begins Monday. Live Nation has lined up today's hottest young performers to head their summer youth tour, NextFest. Teen pop duo Aly & AJ, Corbin Bleu (of High School Musical) and Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) will be joined by Bianca Ryan, who walked off with the top spot on the inaugural season of NBC's America's Got Talent. Concertgoer Kayley Dixon, 11, of Palmetto said, "He came down and touched my hand," referring to the multitalented Bleu, who has been an actor, model, singer and dancer. "No one is going to believe that he touched me."