Ten days ago, David Thibault was a relatively unknown teen from a town northwest of Quebec with an uncanny talent.
Today, he’s on a whirlwind tour across the U.S. that includes recording a segment on the Ellen Degeneres show in Los Angeles.
The teen crooner with a dead-on Elvis impression that seems impossible for his youthful physique is riding a wave of internet stardom. Though it’s clear, the exact repercussions of his stunning Blue Christmas rendition, now with more than seven million hits on YouTube, hasn’t totally sunk in.
“At the start of this, I panicked a little,” he said. “The phone was ringing off the hook.”
The popularity of the soft-spoken teen with the velvet voice of the King online yielded a quick offer to record a full version of the Elvis Christmas classic. That single was released today on iTunes.
Thibault’s whirlwind of fame started on Nov. 16, when he competed in a Quebec Elvis impersonator competition. He won first place in that contest and caught the ear of a local radio DJ in the crowd, who invited him to come on air.
The video of that performance was uploaded on Dec. 9.
More than 7.4 million hits later, Thibault is still trying to get his mind around the experience.
He has been so busy trying to satisfy all the interview requests and appearances, he hasn’t been back to school.
“It’s been since I was on the radio singing my song,” he told CBC Montreal’s Homerun Wednesday while he was en route to his Ellen Degeneres appearance. That segment will air on Monday. After that, he’s off to another taping in New York.
“It’s like a dream. I don’t know how to explain that,” Thibault said.
“I’m trying to take advantage of it. . . It’s not everyone that gets a chance like this.”