Lady Gaga, Winnipeg girl to perform together
'It all happened really fast,' Maria Aragon says before sold-out Toronto show
A 10-year-old singing sensation from Winnipeg is set to take the stage with Lady Gaga in Toronto on Thursday night after the schoolgirl's self-made video captured the attention of the pop superstar and millions of others.
Maria Aragon and Gaga are expected to perform a duet at the outrageous American entertainer's sold-out concert at the Air Canada Centre.
"I'm feeling excited to sing with her because she's so fun. I'm just excited to see what's going to happen," Aragon told CBC News Thursday morning.
"I don't know what to say to her, but I'm just going to try and be myself."
Aragon said she would spend Thursday shopping for an outfit for her appearance before meeting the entertainer for a sound check preceding the show.
The grade-school student became a viral video star in February when she posted to YouTube a simple video of herself singing and playing keyboard to Gaga's recently released single Born This Way.
Gaga herself viewed the video and shared it with her millions of Twitter followers, noting: "Can't stop crying watching this. This is why I make music. She is the future."
A Canadian radio station also put the young girl in touch with her idol, who admitted she had been having a bad day until Aragon's video brightened her mood.
Along with singing a brief portion of Born This Way with Aragon on air during the radio interview, Gaga invited the youngster to join her for Thursday's Toronto gig.
"It all happened really fast," Aragon said.
Her YouTube video has logged more than 17 million hits already, but "those 17 million people are like behind the screen" versus the thousands of people who will be attending the concert Thursday night.
"I never had 3,000 or more people in a room, at one time, watching me sing," she said, noting that it would be different than all the other appearances she has made thus far.
The concert started late with Lady Gaga taking the stage at 10:15 p.m. opening with the song Vogue, according to the CBC's Sheila North Wilson, who is at the concert. Wilson's live posts from the Air Canada Centre can be found on Twitter under SheisCree.