This week the entire Internet has been all over Greyson Michael Chance, the 12 year old singing sensation who covered Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi”, posted it on YouTube and was on national television 3 days later. The second real YouTube star, following Antichrist Justin Bieber, to earn immediate fame and a record deal from YouTube. I give Greyson props though, the kid can sing like nobody’s business. He’s definitely got talent. Hopefully he won’t fall prey to the same overproduced beats on top of which the Biebs sings “Baby” 18 times in a row and calls a chorus.
I’d like to point your attention to another YouTube “star” though. For every Justin Bieber and Greyson Michael Chance there are thousands upon thousands of people who don’t get the same attention or success. It’s one of these YouTube unsung heroes to which I’d like to introduce you to today. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Timmy Dumot.
I’m a full-grown adult and I don’t know the lyrics like this kid does. I would also never have the balls to dance around in front of people in an outfit 3 sizes too small, much less to let it be videotaped. Timmy may not have the talent, voice or side-swept bangs that Justin and Greyson have but he does have heart. Timmy doesn’t miss a beat even when his parents try and sneak into the spotlight by providing some unneeded backup vocals and pants-less backup dancing. He can do the back-up harmonizing for himself (03:51). At 03:33 Timmy breaks it down, takes it to the floor and shows us just how fierce a grade-schooler can be. I applaud you, Timmy. When I was your age and singing Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted Snake” I didn’t put as much heart and soul into my performances as you do.
Keep your head up, little man. Justin Timberlake didn’t win when he was on Star Search but that just left the door open for him to join the Mickey Mouse Club. You may have not have gotten yourself a record deal from this video but you have definitely secured a spot in my heart and in the hearts of tens or even dozens of others. Just keep that budding diva attitude in check until you really make it big. Then you can create an alter-ego and have him dish out the Sasha Fierce attitude to your parents when they’re ruining the video.
Lady Gaga performed for years in bars and clubs before she gained worldwide success. For now just focus on your craft, find your own Mama Knowles to dress you properly and keep on letting that light shine bright Timmy.