When America’s Got Talent premiered in 2006 the first ever winner crowned was a then 11-year-old singer named Bianca Ryan — now 19, she’s opening up about her experience on the hit TV show and losing out on the Hannah Montana role to Miley Cyrus.
From the same authors of the explosive tell-all book, Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America’s Got Talent, who exposed many of the show’s set secrets, RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained an interview with Ryan.
“I tried out for a lot of Disney and Nickelodeon things,” she revealed, before appearing on AGT.
“I tried out for Camp Rock and Hannah Montana. I have always wanted to become an actress.”
And seven years after winning the show, her acting dream is a reality because the teenager recently completed her first independent movie, We Be Kings, but hints that had she landed Hannah Montana, she would have remained more grounded than Cyrus.
“I am really grounded. I have a very good family and good roots. So I think I could definitely handle that,” she told the book’s authors, Ashley Majeski and Sean Daly.
“It would probably have to be little by little, not overnight. But I am pretty sure I could handle it.”
The Pennsylvania-native banked $1,000,000 from her AGT win, but didn’t blow it.
“That was put away for me when I turn 21,” Ryan said.
“Some of it was used to run some of my businesses that I have. Some was used for traveling.”
Ryan would like to continue with her music career but if all else fails, she says she’d love to write music for famous pop stars like Katy Perry.
“No matter what I was still going to be a songwriter,” she said.
“I have always wanted to be a songwriter for other artists too. Maybe I could write songs for Katy Perry.”