Is Greyson Chance the Next Justin Bieber (or Lady GaGa)?

updated 05/13/2010 at 01:00 PM EDT

originally published 05/13/2010 02:00PM



It's the talent show performance heard around the world.

At his school's Sixth Grade Festival, 12-year-old Greyson Chance took to the piano and performed an amazing, dead-on rendition of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi," to the shock and awe of his classmates – and more than 8 million viewers on YouTube.

So who is this new tween phenom with a story – and haircut – to rival that of Justin Bieber?



The Edmond, Okla., resident says he is a pianist (he's taken lessons for three years) and songwriter (he's penned two original tunes, "Stars" and "Broken Hearts") but not a trained singer.

On Thursday, Chance told Ellen DeGeneres that he's "never taken a voice lesson," though he certainly has an innate feel for music. Of his own songs, he told her, "I write my songs for meaning. I either live them or feel them."

And Lady Gaga? "She's probably my number one inspiration," said Chance. "I love her individuality."

He's loving all the attention he's attracted, but like any good rock star, he's taking it in stride. "Let's just say I've gotten a couple of numbers and made some new friends," he joked of his smitten classmates.

But Chance had his moment to be star-struck as well, when Lady Gaga herself called into the Ellen show to congratulate him.

Calling the singer "Miss Gaga," Chance grinned and blushed when getting advice from the pop star. "Be focused," she told him, and "stay away from girls."



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