Friday, February 18, 2005

Here's another reason you won't be catch me doing something stupid in front of the camera:

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Teen A Synch As Cyberstar
By Tracy Connor

A chubby New Jersey teen has become the hottest sensation on the Internet with an amateur video of himself singing and dancing to a Romanian pop song. Gary Brolsma, 19, who lives with his parents in Saddle Brook, has the lip-synching talent of Ashlee Simpson and the physique of the Pillsbury Doughboy.

But a clip of him manically bopping to O-Zone's international hit, "Dragostea Din Tei," which translates "Love Among the Linden Trees," has blazed through cyberspace and made him a global icon.

His derriere never leaves the chair, but he flails his arms in the air like one of the Supremes and vogues for the Web cam like Madonna.

The highlight may be the moment when he flicks his tongue at the lens. Or maybe when he raises one eyebrow twice over his wire-rimmed spectacles.

Imagine William Hung of "American Idol" channeling the Star Wars Kid - the last big cult hit in computerland - and you get the picture.

In just a few weeks, the video has gotten more than 1 million hits on one Web site and has been featured on CNN and VH-1.

And Brolsma, who calls his star vehicle the "Numa Numa Dance" after a line in the song, is more surprised than anyone about the fuss.

"You people are crazy!" he wrote to fans on one Web site.
While a lot of folks do their thang (or capture whatever it is they find funny) on video or in front of three judges in hopes of being shown on national TV, here comes a chubby 19 year old kid synching and dancing along to a little known Romanian ditty and BAM! instant immortality. As Brolsma, a native of Bergen County in New Jersey, relates to 7Online.com, "I was sitting in my room, bored, and I found a random song and I thought it would be funny to show friends." Which is very far from how the story of the 'Star Wars' kid" started (he didn't know the camera was on or something, click this link to know more). Cool? Depends on what side of the fence you're standing on. I do admit though that the tune is very catchy, the moves are easy (beware: you might catch yourself doing the same thing after a number of repeated viewings) and funny. The kid is clearly enjoying himself here. Fame did come a knockin' on the door of what a lot of high schoolers consider a pariah. I just hope this would not create a hysteria among other folks taking 'secret' videos of themselves and passing it online in hopes of gaining the world's attention.

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