May 4, 2013

Ellen Degeneres to Make Viral ‘Dance With My Father’ YouTube Singer A Star [VIDEO]

This just in from the dreams don’t come true file — 14-year-old Fillipino native Aldrich Lloyd Talonding has just been handpicked by Ellen Degeneres to come perform on her show after she saw a video on YouTube of the boy singing. Wait a minute, this isn’t right either …

Watch Talonding's performance and make sure to have some tissues handy.

A young Filipino boy is becoming an Internet sensation with a stunning rendition of Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father." In the video above, Aldrich Lloyd Talonding belts out the 2003 hit in a pure, soulful voice, while his talented cousin, James Walter Bucong, plays the guitar.

Following on the heels of Grayson Chance, the YouTube pianist who became a, well, marginally bigger star after performing on Ellen, Talonding was recruited to come from the South Philippines after being seen singing a heartfelt version of Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father” — a performance that was uploaded by his cousin. The video has had more than 1.3 million hits since April.

Aldrich is now applying for a visa after Ellen called him personally to ask that he “please come here and sing to me and all of my friends here.” And if that’s not sweet enough, the little boy wants to grow up to be a doctor unless a singing career is “the will of God.”

Say it with me folks: “Aww …” There has been no word on what Talonding’s father thinks of the performance or whether he has actually “danced with his son.”


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