Singing schoolgirl Connie Talbot has become an internet hit once again – after a version of a Whitney Houston song attracted more than 37,000 views across the globe.
The former Britain’s Got Talent star from Streetly posted a version of Run to You on YouTube after requests from fans following the 48-year-old’s tragic death on Saturday.
It has since become the most “liked” video in the UK and been nominated the best tribute to Whitney by American news programme Right This Minute.
The 11 year-old became associated with the fallen international star by releasing her own version of ‘I Will Always Love You.’
Her mother Sharon, aged 42, said they had been amazed by the response to the video which has attracted comments from around the world.
She said: “Connie has always liked Whitney’s voice and said she had got one of the best voices there has ever been.
“She was really emotional when she found out about Whitney.
“One time they were supposed to meet and do a duet together but that never came off. She was always a fan of her songs and this was her tribute song to Whitney.”
Connie, who first rose to fame as a six year-old after performing on national TV, said: “I thought it would be good to do a song in memory of her. Her songs were unique and she had the best voice in the world.” Music fans have inundated Youtube with comments thanking and praising the youngster for her tribute
One poster said: “Whitney couldn’t have asked for a better memorial dedication than this. A beautiful tribute from the best. Thank you Connie.”
Another said: “This is so beautiful Connie, I started to cry. Whitney would be so proud of you. You are an amazing singer. “
It has been confirmed that Whitney’s funeral will be held on Saturday at the New Jersey church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child. Her family have chosen to remember Whitney Houston in a private service rather than in a large event at one of America’s busiest entertainment arenas.