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3-year-old Swede sings to YouTube stardom

16 Jul 2012, 15:13

Published: 16 Jul 2012 15:13 GMT+02:00

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“I honestly can’t believe it,” said Theo’s mother Inga-Maj Edström to The Local.

“We’re from a little village and we’re not used to this kind of thing."

The people in the village, Gräsmyr in northern Sweden, have surely never seen anything like it either.

“Everyone in town is coming up to Theo and telling him how they’ve seen his video and he just doesn’t get it,” Edström says.

The video features the three-year-old clutching a tablet computer and belting out the chorus to the popular song by Belgian artist Gotye, a song released in July last year which has over 280 million views itself.

Edström explains that she uploaded the video because she wanted her friends and family to see the performance too.

However, when emails and fan mail from around the world started to flood in, she knew she was onto something big.

Meanwhile, the normally shy boy is also taking the chance to enjoy his fame.

“He’s proud about it, that’s for sure, and he sometimes jokes that he even sings the song better than Gotye - though I'm not so sure about that,” she told The Local.

So was this a one-hit wonder or does young Theo actually have a natural talent for singing?

“Well, he certainly sings a lot – and he sings in tune and with a good melody.

Sometimes he even corrects me if I am out of tune, but it’s hard to predict where he’ll go from here,” Edström said.

And will Theo be the next Justin Bieber, perhaps?

“I hope not,” Edström laughs.

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“Besides, he’s so shy I could never imagine him on stage. If anything, we’ll stick to home movies for now.”

Oliver Gee

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Your comments about this article

16:30 July 16, 2012 by kirub
Theo for President!
17:17 July 16, 2012 by feathernoodle
That's actually pretty good for a 3 year old (even if I can't understand what he's singing). He has the rhythm down and I can hear a tune developing. Cute!
18:52 July 16, 2012 by Emerentia
Just a lot of screaming.
19:28 July 16, 2012 by kirub
Theo for President, because it was something in the eyes...
19:40 July 16, 2012 by rsmehdihasan
wow!!! beautiful...
23:05 July 16, 2012 by Dr. Dillner
It sounds better to the singer if they have their eyes shut I guess.

I agree with @Emerentia, it seems just a lot of screaming.
00:00 July 17, 2012 by J Jack
Gotye sucks, this guy rocks!
12:26 July 17, 2012 by Nifty
Gotye has lived in Australia since the age of two.This makes him Australian not Belgian.Where does the local find its writers??
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