MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) After her rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” went viral, there’s no stopping YouTube singing sensation Maria Aragon.
On Tuesday, Aragon’s wish to showcase her talent in the popular television program “The Ellen Degeneres Show” came true.
DeGeneres warmly welcomed the 10-year old Filipino-Canadian singer on her popular show.
In the video clip posted on the show’s official website, DeGeneres asked Aragon on when she actually started singing.
“I am 10 years old and I’ve been singing for about 7 years probably. Since I was 3 but probably back then I didn’t really get much meaning out of songs,” Aragon answered.
Asked what pushed her to do a cover of “Born This Way,” Aragon said she attributes it to the meaningful lyrics of Lady Gaga’s song.
“Because of the meaning of the song. It has a great meaning. It’s about just being yourself because God made who you are and you’re no different than anybody else.
Furthermore, Aragon shared how she felt after talking to Lady Gaga herself when she guested in a local radio station in Canada.
“Well it’s not everyday you get to talk to a superstar or you get feedback from a superstar saying that you did great on the cover that’s her song... We talked and she was actually having a bad day and I made her day, and it was really overwhelming,” she related.
DeGeneres, meanwhile, advised the young lady to make the most out of each moment especially her forthcoming duet with Lady Gaga in Toronto.
“But you should just know that she believes in you enough that she asked you to do it so just enjoy it,” DeGeneres told the 10-year old singer.
Before the interview ended, Aragon again performed her popular cover of “Born This Way.”
Delighted by her presentation, the audience offered her a standing ovation after the performance.
DeGeneres also generously gave Aragon an iPad and other “cool gadgets."
Other Filipino singers who were on DeGeneres' show after their YouTube videos went viral included Charice Pempengco who is now an international singing sensation, and Fil-Am tandem “Rin on the Rox.”
Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda has also performed on the show.