And in the end, it was 4-year-old Ellen Taylor who finally hushed the crowd with her show-stopping performance of “Over the Rainbow.”
Taylor, a patient of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, wrapped up Target Presents Variety’s Power of Youth event at L.A. Live on Saturday. The event benefited the hospital and drew a glittering crowd of young Hollywood, including Cole and Dylan Sprouse, Selena Gomez, Taylor Lautner, Miranda Cosgrove, Victoria Justice, Kyle Massey, Angus T. Jones, Elijah Kelley, Brenda Song, Moises Arias, Shawn Pyfrom and Mitchell Musso, who rocked out with a two-song set.
And not to be forgotten, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers sent along their best wishes via video.
Despite all the famous kids, 96-year-old Art Linkletter, who arrived with his great-granddaughter Sophia Linkletter, also drew lots of attention as industryites came over to pay homage to the TV pioneer.
“This feels great to be here with my fellow actors, to support something like this,” said “Twilight” star Lautner, who admitted that he’s both nervous and excited about the release of “Twilight,” which he hopes will break out beyond the book series’ rabid fanbase.
Marlo Thomas, the hospital’s national outreach director, found time to talk to everyone, and remarked to the crowd that “the fact that you’re here today says a lot about you … and about your parents!”
Event was sponsored by Target, L.A. Live, Breeders’ Cup, Coca-Cola, Nokia, Joe’s Jeans, Electronic Arts and Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
Kay Panabaker and Vincent Martella.