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    The latest on Disney Channel Games, which start Monday

    Jonas Brothers will be there. The Cheetah Girls, too. The Disney Channel Games start Monday and run through next Friday.

    The event enlists the channel's young celebrities in elaborate competitions played for charity. The competitors will build a chariot to race, play pieces on a giant foos table and match fellow stars to their baby pictures.

    The games unfold from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in Champion Stadium at Disney's Wide World of Sports, off Interstate 4, southwest of Orlando. Due to production changes, Friday's events won't be open to the public, Disney Channel said Saturday.

    "We're inviting people to come and watch, but it's a working production," said Adam Sanderson, senior vice president of brand marketing for the Disney ABC Networks Group. "It's not staged as a sporting event."

    The footage will become five half-hour telecasts that start in late July. Brian Stepanek of "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" will host.

    The lineup of talent confirmed to date includes:

    From "Camp Rock": Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, Alyson Stoner, Jasmine Richards, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Meaghan Jette Martin and Roshon Fegan.

    From "Hannah Montana": Jason Earles, Mitchel Musso, Moises Arias and Cody Linley.

    From "The Cheetah Girls One World": Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams, Sabrina Bryan and Kunal Sharma.

    From "Wizards of Waverly Place": David Henrie, Selena Gomez, Jake T. Austin and Jennifer Stone.

    From "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody": Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse and Brenda Song.

    From "Cory in the House": Kyle Massey and Jason Dolley.

    There will be Disney Channel stars from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Spain, Japan, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

    Sanderson said there will be plenty of grandstand seating.

    "We can't have regular kids on the field," he said. "The talent will be walking around, playing the games. They'll be able to see the talent."

    The celebrities will play for charities: Boys & Girls Club, UNICEF, Make-A-Wish and Starlight Starbright.

    Sanderson said the challenges this year will be visually bigger so they come across well on television.

    "Everybody is out there to have fun," Sanderson said. "It makes for great programming. Our audience gets to see more of them as real people. It's cool that you get to see them out there being regular teens."

    Peformances from a May 3 concert, for which tickets have been distributed, will be incorporated in the half-hours. Performing at the concert will be Jonas Brothers, the Cheetah Girls, Demi Lovato and Jordan Pruitt.


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    Hello Hal,
    Thanks again for all your help. Earlier you reported that Miley was going to have some participation. She is not listed as a participant now. Is there a change or something we should know? Also what are they doing on the 2nd? It says it starts at two pm. Is that more taping or is something else going on? The concert on the 3rd was also spoken to have Jordan Pruitt and other disney stars? Is there any more info on performers?
    Thanks again for everything and I am looking forward to hearing from you.

    HAL'S NOTE: I'm waiting to hear more specifics about Miley. I'll update when I have information. The 2nd will be another elaborate game, staged in the afternoon.

    sorry about the concert question...I reread it and got the answer. I have alot of planning going on in my

    Now I'm hearing that there won't be any games on May 2nd. Is this what you're hearing now, also?

    HAL'S NOTE: Yes, because of production changes, that day will be closed to the public.

    Also, any word on Emily Osment showing up? It's odd they have every other Hannah Montana star except her.

    HAL'S NOTE: She was not on any list I saw.

    Thank you for providing information about the games! Is it confirmed that Phill Lewis will not return as a commentator?

    HAL'S NOTE: He was not on any list I saw.

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