Throw her under some mistletoe, and there’s no telling what Miley Cyrus might do.
That’s the idea behind the pop princess’ headlining slots at eight Jingle Ball shows this December, an annual holiday tradition that brings together the biggest names in top 40 radio for a star-studded night of music. What began in 1996 as a one-night concert thrown by New York’s Z100 radio station (and later by Los Angeles’ KIIS-FM) has now become a 12-city tour, kicking off Monday in Dallas and wrapping up Dec. 20 in Miami. A two-hour concert special airs Dec. 18 on CW (8 p.m. ET/PT).
“You can’t do a pop-culture show without Miley Cyrus onstage,” says Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, who heads up the event. “If you had a big year in music, we want you on the stage, and she’s one of those people that everyone wants to see.”
Poleman initially reached out to Cyrus about playing Jingle Ball over the summer, just as she got the nation talking and twerking to her hit single We Can’t Stop. Her provocative performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in August only confirmed that nabbing her was a top priority, along with her grinding partner (and Blurred Lines chart topper) Robin Thicke, who’s playing 11 Jingle Ball shows in cities such as Boston, Chicago and Atlanta.
So can we expect to see Miley and Robin perform together? While Poleman can’t confirm, he hopes that Cyrus’ usual string of controversy will follow her on Jingle Ball.
“I love everything that Miley is doing, she always goes for the headlines,” says Poleman. “That’s what makes the show magical, that people are dying to see what (artists) like Miley are going to do next.
“(Her manager Larry Rudolph) and I are just starting to talk about what will go into the performance, and I’ll just say that she won’t disappoint.”