Dolly Parton is full of praise for country music's bright new star Taylor Swift, branding the young singer "smart, beautiful" and "incredible" and insisting she has a 40-year career ahead of her.
Swift has ruled the charts and dominated award shows over the last few years - in 2009 she became the youngest artist ever to win the Country Music Association Award for Entertainer Of The Year, she took home four Grammys at this year's (10) ceremony, and was recently honoured as Songwriter of the Year at the BMI Country Awards.
And Parton is quick to compliment Swift and hails her as a "great role model" for kids.
She tells Larry King, "I think she is a smart, beautiful girl. I think she's making all the right moves. She's got a good head on her shoulders. She's surrounded with wonderful people. Her songs are great. She keeps herself anchored. She knows who she is and she's living and standing by that. And I just admire her. I think she is just incredible and a great role model for young people right now..."
But Parton dismisses fears the 20 year old's success will soon come to an end, insisting Swift has the potential to become a real music legend.
She adds, "When they talk about American Idol, they say, 'Well, you know, they show up and then they're gone before it happens'. And there is a danger in all of that.
"But with Taylor, I honestly think that she's got the qualities that could last a long time... And I don't know if there's such a thing as having too much too soon. I mean if it's your time, it's your time... So I'm hoping that she's just having a really, really hot streak that's just going to last. I hope her 15 minutes of fame lasts for 40 years, and it very well might."
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