David Thibault: Newest ETA and YouTube Sensation

QUEBEC, CANADA.  Sometimes opportunity simply comes to you and makes you the next overnight success story.  David Thibault of Québec, Canada is such a fortunate person.

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.  “David Thibault, Quebec Teen Elvis, Releases Blue Christmas on ITunes.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 19 Dec. 2013. Wed. 25 Dec. 2013.

He is the newest ETA achieving the recognition and acclaims many ETAs desire, but only few achieve.  Thibault is not new to entertainment.  He’s been entertaining for at least one year with over 9,400 fans on his official Facebook Fan Page which doesn’t happen overnight, though it’s possible with the speed and power of social media.  However, before he showed up as the next YouTube sensation and subsequent TV appearances in the United States he already had a Facebook fan base of 8,000, before it shot up to its current numbers since December 09th.  A second unofficial, Facebook fan page popped up with a following of over 1,500 who have already liked the page.  That’s about 2,900 new fans in about two weeks.  Not too shabby.

The Blue Christmas video which skyrocketed the young man to instant fame has gone viral with over 8.3 million views.  The comments have been largely supportive, some critical, lots of back-handed compliments, and opportunists trying to get in the action by offering their services.  Typical of keyboard critics.

Yes he’s only 16 and respect to him…but he doesn’t sound that much like Elvis…stop getting carried away people, if you want to see a real [t]op quality impersonator check out Chris [C]onnor, he looks and sounds just like the KING. Also Ben Portsmouth.    http://youtu.be/Zs7-l3ryErs

Personally, I’ve listened to most of his videos and like all good ETAs he doesn’t necessarily sound exactly like Elvis, but gives a great illusion of him.  He captures the familiar vocalizations, like the hiccup  of an early Elvis, and mimics his looks and clothing.  Thibault has what it takes to become the next great ETA, if that is his goal.

“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.”  “David Thibault, Quebec Teen Elvis, Releases Blue Christmas on ITunes.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 19 Dec. 2013. Wed. 25 Dec. 2013.

To date, there is not a lot known about this newest ETA and YouTube sensation, but that is sure to change in the next year provided he takes advantage of this opportunity.  Whether or not he’ll move forward as an ETA or take a similar music journey as fellow Canadian, Justin Beiber, and become the next international pop superstar, it’s too soon to tell.

I’m hoping for the Elvis route at least for awhile because it’s his youth which will contribute greatly to encouraging  the next generation of fans to keep the life, music, and legacy of Elvis Presley alive for years to come.

David Thibault, welcome to the ETA world.  Rock it like Elvis, brother.

David Thibault (Faceook photo)

David Thibault (Faceook photo)

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