8-Year-Old Indian Dancer Wows on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (Video)
Eight-year-old prodigy Akshat Singh struck it big on his first visit to the States.
Not only did his video of extreme Bollywood dancing on India’s Got Talent capture the attention of CNN and Good Morning America, but one of the producers from The Ellen DeGeneres Show invited the young Indian star to appear on the talk show after noticing the viral video.
Singh made his debut on Ellen riding a toy motorcycle and dressed in an Indian police outfit, emulating his idol, the main character in the Bollywood movie Dabangg. After the music began, the 8-year-old broke out into handstands, flips and his signature pelvic-thrusting dance moves that first caught the attention of his fans.
The talk show host greeted the young boy with a few words of Hindi: "Namaste, mera naam Ellen hai" (Hello, my name is Ellen). She also told the viewers that Singh had to perform to a different song than on India's Got Talent because they could not get permission to use the original song.
When asked if he thought he would win the semifinals, Singh replied in rough English, "I've gone to India's Got Talent only to show my whole talent to India that 'motu' [chubby person] can also dance. I dance every day for three hours, and I eat more," he joked, drawing loud laughter from the audience. He added a phrase in Hindi, which his interpreter translated as, "If there's no gas in the car, how will the car run?"
When Singh first appeared on India's Got Talent, he astonished the celebrity judges with back flips and splits. His performance received a standing ovation from judges Karan Johar, Kirron Kher and Malaika Arora Khan. The video, which generated a million hits on YouTube, was taken down but reposted by CNN.
"Watching him perform on the India’s Got Talent stage has been a visual treat because he has a personality which brightens your day and brings a smile to your face," said Khan, an actress and model. "I am sure he will be able to impress international audiences the way he has managed to floor us. I am very happy for him."
Singh first generated attention thanks to a home-made video his family posted on YouTube showing him dancing in his underwear.