ARTICLE: Lovato, Jonas Brothers bring it all back to Camp Rock

Lovato, Jonas Brothers bring it all back to Camp Rock
BY KAT ANGUS, POSTMEDIA NEWS AUGUST 23, 2010

It’s been two years since Camp Rock was unveiled to the world, creating a star out of cheerful teen singer Demi Lovato and making even bigger stars out of the Jonas Brothers. Camp Rock delivered some of the Disney Channel’s best ratings, spawning a bestselling sound-track -and now, it’s rare to go more than a day without reading a news story about the film’s young stars.

So it came as no surprise that Disney was eager to make a sequel, and, on Sept. 3, Lovato and the Jonas Brothers return for Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. As is the case with most sequels, the musical numbers are bigger and the stakes are higher.

“We have a much bigger budget now,” Joe Jonas says. “We haven’t stayed on the same set for more than three days at a time, and that’s really exciting … and the inside sets are absolutely massive.”

Adds Lovato: “We definitely have more dancing in Camp Rock 2. We made the routines even bigger and more fun.”

But although there are still plenty of upbeat song-and-dance numbers, Camp Rock is in trouble, threatened by the glitz and glam of the new Camp Star across the lake. A musical showdown is imminent, but the situation is made more complicated when Nick’s character, Nate, develops a star-crossed romance with a Camp Star camper.

Nick admits he was a little bit intimidated by his bigger role in The Final Jam, but found his work on the family’s Disney Channel sitcom JONAS helped prepare him for the challenge.

“We learned a lot on the set of the show,” Nick says, “and we feel really comfortable in front of the camera now.”

Meanwhile, Joe and Demi’s characters, Shane and Mitchie, struggle to develop their burgeoning relationship while still keeping Camp Rock afloat.

“Shane has gotten a lot nicer,” Joe says. “He’s a lot more confident and finds happiness in wanting to know happiness and getting to know Mitchie.”

But the real question is: Will Shane and Mitchie finally kiss in The Final Jam?

“You’ll have to wait and see,” Lovato says.

Lest any Kevin Jonas fans worry he’s getting left out, Kevin says his character “becomes a counsellor for the junior rock band, to father them through the ups and downs.”

Just as their characters have matured since Camp Rock, Lovato and the Jonas Brothers have grown up themselves. Lovato has become a pop princess in her own right, Nick formed his own band, Nick Jonas and the Administration, Joe is developing his acting career and Kevin is a married man.

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam airs Friday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. on Family Channel.

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