Miley Cyrus: '2009 TCA Performance Wasn't a Stripper Pole!'


Miley Cyrus: '2009 TCA Performance Wasn't a Stripper Pole!'
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Over a decade has passed since Miley Cyrus's 2009 Teen Choice Awards performance that stirred up quite a controversy. Now, the 30-year-old pop sensation has revisited that memorable moment in a recent TikTok video. The iconic "Party in the U.S.A." performance featured Cyrus energetically dancing atop an ice cream cart while holding onto a metal pole.

This act attracted much attention, with many speculating she was dancing on a "stripper pole." However, Cyrus clarifies in her recent TikTok, a part of her "Used to Be Young" series, that the pole was merely a prop for balance.

Cyrus Reveals Performance Origins

Delving into the background of the performance, Cyrus shared, "When I was gearing up for the 'Party in the U.S.A.' rendition at the Teen Choice Awards, my mom suggested the trailer park setup, resonating with our actual roots." In her light-hearted tone, she reiterated, "@mileycyrus: That wasn't a stripper pole!

I used it for stability, considering I was wearing heels. What did people expect? Should I have avoided dancing atop the ice cream cart?" Reflecting on her performance, Cyrus exuded pride while also showcasing her self-awareness.

"Although I think my pitch could've been better, and perhaps the hat wasn't the best choice, overall, the performance was splendid," she opined. The singer lightened the mood towards the end of the video by cheekily addressing a tabloid headline that likened her to pop legend Britney Spears.

"Is Miley turning into the next Britney?" she read aloud, before jestingly adding, "If we're lucky! And we know that the Almighty is gracious!" This wave of retrospection by Cyrus on TikTok isn't merely nostalgic; it's also a promotional endeavor for her new single "Used to Be Young." Previously, she gave fans a glimpse into her intense early career, candidly talking about her "hectic" work-life balance as a young star.

In one surprising revelation, she even shared that her younger sister, Noah Cyrus, was behind the camera for her much-debated nude Vanity Fair cover shoot.

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