Eight-year-old Indian TV contestant performs on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (w/ video)

Published: February 20, 2014

India’s Got Talent 5 contestant, Akshat Singh. Submitted photo/India’s Got Talent.

SUBHASH K. JHA
IANS

Mumbai, Feb 20 (IANS) — Eight-year-old Akshat Singh, who appeared on talk-show queen Ellen DeGeneres’ show in the U.S., says the the host was keen to know about Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.

Kolkata-based Akshat, who impressed India’s Got Talent 5 judges when he shook a leg to Salman’s popular song Mera hi jalwa, left for Los Angeles Feb. 13. He recorded his dance item in front of the American hostess on Valentine’s Day.

“She loved my dancing. She wanted to know all about Salman Khan and I was happy to tell her. There were lots of Indians in the studio and they were all Salman fans. So I had fun. I ate Mexican food and got to meet nice people,” said Akshat.

The Class 3 student confessed he had “never heard of Ellen DeGeneres” before the opportunity to appear on her show.

“But I got to know she’s very big. I was thrilled to be invited on her show. I don’t think anybody from India has ever danced for her,” said Akshat who began dancing four years ago.

He has come back from Los Angles with high praise for DeGeneres.

“She was very nice to me. I was a bit shy to begin with. She told me to call her Ellen. I was comfortable with her in no time at all. I loved dancing on her show. There were other overweight kids on the show. So I felt at home,” he said.

It was his first visit abroad, but Akshat couldn’t get to see anything of the U.S.

“I flew in with my parents. We just shot my dance and came back. But I travelled all over America in my dreams,” he said.

When asked what he wants to when he grows up?

“I want to study hard. I want to dance all my life. I want to be many things. But most of all I want to be intelligent,” said Akshat.

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