By Michael Slezak
Updated November 16, 2006 at 10:00 PM EST

Help me out, PopWatchers: Why does 12-year-old America’s Got Talent winner Bianca Ryan fill me with unspeakable dread? She just popped up on Today, and gave a perfectly mundane interview that went something along the lines of “Like, y’know, I was, like, inspired by Hilary Duff, like, and I, like, taught myself, like, to sing, and like, I always wanted to be, like, famous.” In other words, she’s not Damien; she’s just a seemingly normal kid with a supersized voice (which gets the full-blown power-ballad treatment on her new self-titled CD, which is streaming over at AOL Music). I dunno. Maybe I just don’t want to hear a pre-teen covering Bette Midler’s “The Rose,” and certainly not “I Believe I Can Fly” — or anything by R. Kelly for that matter. Maybe I’m worried early fame will be too much, and in a decade, she’ll be just another Troubled Former Teen Star. Then again, maybe it’s the budding alliances she outlines in this interview with the Philadelphia Daily News: Wal-Mart, Disney, Kim Jong Il, Patti LaBelle. Yep, kid’s gonna totally rule the world.

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