Greyson Chance's dreams are coming true overnight. The sixth grader who has wowed over 8 million YouTube watchers and counting with his cover of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday (May 12), and got a surprise call from the song's original performer.
Video: Greyson Chance Talks to Lady Gaga on "Ellen"
DeGeneres set up the surprise by asking Chance why he admires Gaga. "She's probably my No. 1 inspiration because I love how she's so different," Chance said, shaking his Bieber-styled bangs off his forehead. "She takes her individuality, and she takes the amazing talent that she has and she makes just great songs that are catchy and they make you want to dance and maybe throw out some Ellen moves."
"Well, we have somebody on the line right now," Ellen said. "Hi, Greyson!" Gaga exclaimed, as Chance took in the surprise. "Hi, Miss Gaga!" he replied. Gaga offered a few words of advice for the 12-year-old: "Everyone loves you so much, so keep following your dreams and work really hard, and stay away from girls, and be focused."
"Don't be nervous today," she added. "You already won over everybody's hearts."
Chance has become a viral sensation within days after posting the video, which shows him singing "Paparazzi" at a sixth grade talent show, as his female classmates look on shock. The original video has been viewed over 8 million times since it was posted on YouTube Apr. 28.