YouTube Sensations: Then & Now
In celebration of Psy taking the crown for producing the first video to hit and surpass one billion views online, we though it seemed fitting to show (in no particular order) other YouTube sensations. what got them famous, and where
they are today. Grab some dark sunglasses, jump on your imaginary horse, and celebrate the amazing world of new media. If you've been living off the grid since the new millennium you should probably pay attention and get down
with some pop culture!
#1 Bed Intruder
- Then: Coined for the phrase "hide yo kid, hide yo wife", Antoine Dodson became famous for his TV interview. After being posted to YouTube in 2010, the video received millions of views, landed him on various talk shows, and is
now making music.
- Now (48 million views): He is currently releasing music that can be downloaded from iTunes. The year the video went viral, the Antoine dodson Halloween costume consisting of a wig, red bandana, piece of folded paper, and tank top
with "hide yo' kids" printed on the chest was the most popular outfit to wear for trick or treat or Halloween parties.
#2 Charlie Bit My Finger!
- Then: Combine a teething infant and British toddler and you get the infamous "Charlie Bit My Finger" video that went viral in 2007. With 500 million views, this video landed itself a place on the most viewed chart of YouTube.
- Now (506 million views): The duo are back in front of the camera shooting commercials for Ragu pasta sauce and hopefully. Charlie has since stopped biting people's fingers.
#3 Chocolate rain
- Then: Posted on April 2007, Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain" video landed him 88 million views.
- Now (88 million views): His Internet fame propelled his music career and is now an award-winning and songwriter. Videos on his YouTube channel have more than 159 million views overall. Purchase a Tay Zonday shirt and start
downloading his music from iTunes.
#4 Rebecca Black
- Then: Rebecca Black's song "Friday" was released on Feb. 10, 2011. This low budget auto tuned music video was uploaded to YouTube where it received millions of views and an obnoxious amount of parodies. The song landed her a
seat on Jay Leno's couch and was talked about by Nick and Joe Jonas, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga.
- Now (46 million views): She continues to produce music and held her first concert at the Anaheim House of Blues in December 2012. It wasn't all fun, fun, fun, fun for Rebecca Black because harassing bullies forced her to leave
school in 2011.
#5 David after dentist
- Then: After undergoing surgery to remove a tooth, David's father recorded David's innocent and confused thoughts. The video hit YouTube on January 31, 2009 and within a week it received three million views.
- Now (116 million views): Merchandise, a blog, and parodies have evolved since the video went viral. Bill Cosby was right, "Kids say the damndest things", especially after receiving anesthesia!
#6 Sophia Grace and Rosie
- Then: Two girls, tutus, tiaras, and princess wands for microphones landed Sophia Grace and Rosie in the spotlight with their cover of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass". Uploaded on September 19, 2011 the video has over 40 million views.
- Now (40 million views): The two girls have since made various appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show. The girls now host their own show called Tea Time With Sophia Grace & Rosie during The Ellen Show. The girls hosted
celebs such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and reese Witherspoon.
#7 Judson Laipply
- Then: Inspirational Comedian Judson Laipply posted what became the world's most watched video on the Internet on April 2006. The video currently has over 200 million views with twelve songs and dance moves.
- Now (209 million views): His "Evolution of Dance" video landed interviews with Ellen Degeneres, Inside Edition, The Today Show, and other media outlets.
#8 Keenan Cahill
- Then: Young Keenan Cahill living with a rare genetic disorder posted a video of himself lip-syncing to a cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" in August of 2010. The viral video currently has 55 million views, which got the
attention of various musical artists.
- Now (55 million views): he is now a known recording artist and landed a well-deserved spot in pop culture.
#9 Fred Figglehorn
- Then: Lucas Cruikshank's alter ego Fred Figglehorn got his start on June 19, 2008 with the video "Fred Goes Swimming". The video currently has over 58 million views and has since influenced his TV show named simply, Fred: The
- Now (58 million views): With merchandise, a TV show, and DVD's, Fred Figglehorn is known by many all thanks to his online claim to fame, strange videos, and obnoxious sounding voice. He is currently auditioning for TV and
movie roles. He continues to create short videos in his free time.
- Then: Known as the Comedy Queen of the Internet, Glozell became famous with her comedic videos about everything from music reviews and parodies to the cinnamon and hot pepper challenges. She currently has over 1.400
videos, which received 221 million views total.
- Now (20 million views): Her official website and social media sites help her followers stay connected and up to date on this Kool-Aid hair dying comedian.
#11 Where the hell is Matt?
- Then: Back in 2003 Matt was on vacation in hanoi when his friend posted video of him dancing in the streets on their vacation blog. Unbeknownst to Matt someone posted the video on YouTube and the video went viral. It became so
popular that Matt was asked to recreate the magic - which he did in 4 videos (2005, 2006, 2008 and 2012). His 2008 video has over 45 million views.
- Now (45 million views): Matt set up a website where you can watch all his videos, including outtakes - buy merchandise, send him an email and even sign up to dance with him if he is ever in your area. Despite all his travel and
dancing Matt still found time to marry his girlfriend and have a son.
#12 Jenna Marbles
- Then: With her funny impressions, how to's, and other random videos, Jenna Mourey has made a name for herself via YouTube. With 50 million views, her "How To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking" video that was
posted on July 9, 2010 went viral.
- Now (48 million views): Since then, she continues to upload videos every week and has a growing number of fans and subscribers. Don't let the blonde hair and funny voices fool you, this girl has made a name for herself
academically by receiving her masters from Boston University.
#13 Miss Teen South Carolina
- Then: When asked at the Miss Teen USA Pageant why one fifth of Americans cannot locate the United States on a world map, South Carolina contestant Lauren Upton gave an unstructured answer that made no cognitive sense. The
video currently has 57 million views and has gained popularity by the shows Tosh. O, 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, and Rob Dyrdek's Ridiculousness. It received the most memorable quote of 2007 as well as the stupidest
statement of the year award.
- Now (57 million views): Believe it or not she landed fourth in the pageant and in 2010 went to complete on The Amazing Race. She currently lives in North Hollywood and is modelling with Donald Trump's modeling agency.
#14 Talking twin babies
- Then: Nothing cuter than watching children communicate using their own language. Uploaded on February 14, 2011, the "Talking babies Part 2"caught the attention of everyone including Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News,
Ellen Degeneres, and Children's Hospital Blog.
- Now (77 million views): The video currently has 77 million views and counting. It's must be a twin thing!
#15 Robert Wilkinson
- Then: With nine million views, drunk Robert Wilkinson belted out the lyrics to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody". The video of him in the back of the police cruiser was uploaded on March 28, 2012.
- Now (9 million views): Unfortunately, this video did nothing but backfire in the real world. Robert lost his job at a recycling plant and is faced with both a negative reputation and DUI since the video hit YouTube.
#16 Star Wars Kid
- Then: Ghyslain Raza got his fame from recording himself whipping around a golf ball retriever as if it was a light saber. The video was uploaded January 15, 2006 by classmates, which unfortunately aided in Raza's depression and
- Now (27 million views): However, Raza can have the last laugh now because he is currently attending law school and is a president of a nonprofit organization. The video currently has over 26 million views.
#17 Daniel "Homeless" Mustard
- Then: Once living on the street of New York, Daniel Mustard received online attention after performing "Hit Me Baby One More Time", and "Creep" on The Opie & Anthony Show. The performance reached eight million views
after it's debut on YouTube in 2009.
- Now (10 million views): He has since released five songs in 2010 and has performed live and via Skype. All homeless people should take advice from this guy!
#18 Keyboard Cat
- Then: Blue t-shirt wearing orange tabby cat named Fatso was made famous when his owner, Charlie Schmidt, posted a video to YouTube of the cat jamming out on the keyboard. The video was uploaded in June of 2007 is ranked
number 2 on the top 50 Greatest Viral Videos, which currently has over 29 million views. T-shirts, parodies, and Internet memes helped Charlie Schmidt's cat become a recognized figure in pop culture.
- Now (29 million views): Unfortunately, Fatso passed away in 1987. Thankfully, though, Schmidt saved the video. Charlie keeps the spirit of fatso alive with merchandise, artwork, and through social media sites.
#19 Maddie Kelly
- Then: Maddie was just 6 when her dad filmed her saying funny things about the pictures in an old book she found. A few months later her dad put the link to the video on his Facebook page and it exploded. Maddie was all over the
Internet and TV in no time. She had over 3 million views in less than a week - and was even approached to collaborate on an off-off Broadway play.
- Now (17 million views): Maddie is now a happy 5th grader in Minnesota. She is always trying to come up with a way to reclaim her 5 minutes of fame. Last summer the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis did an Internet cat video
festival and Maddie's video got a lifetime achievement award. It was awesome.
#20 The Real Meaning of MPH
- Then: Husband Travis Chambers asked his wife how long it would take to travel 80 miles if you're travelling at the rate of 80 miles per hour. Travis records his wife explaining how to figure out the answer and after posting it to
YouTube on December 16, 2012, it had over 3.4 million views.
- Now (8 million views): The duo made an appearance on Good Morning America and Tosh. O where wife, Chelsea, explained her reactions to the viral video.
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