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8 Child Prodigies That Ellen DeGeneres Had On Her Show... And Where They Are Now

TheThings 9/27/2022 Amelia Harvey
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Talk Show host Ellen Degeneres had a knack for finding some of the most talented child stars in the industry.

The team working on the award-winning talk show scoured the internet for footage of the next young talent that deserves a spotlight. Over the years, she has extended invitations to countless talented children from all around the world, making stars out of younger musicians and singers.

The show, which first aired in 2003, recently came to an end after allegations of on-set bullying came to light. Now, the young stars who appeared on her show are speaking out about the pros and cons of gaining celebrity stardom through the long-running daytime talk show.

So where are those child protegees now, years after we fell in love with them and their talents?

Grayson Chance

In 2010, Greyson Chance shared a video of himself performing a cover of Lady Gaga's Paparazzi at a sixth-grade talent show. Months after his appearance on her show he became the first signing to DeGeneres’ now closed record company, eleveneleven.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the 25-year-old singer said that he has “never met someone more manipulative, more self-centered, and more blatantly opportunistic” than the former talk show host.

As he started touring, Chance claimed DeGeneres became “really invested,” “domineering and way too controlling,” even taking control of his wardrobe. DeGeneres and the team allegedly had Chance working 14 to 16-hour days.

Two of his original songs, "Stars" and "Broken Hearts," gained over six and eight million views respectively on his channel. Chance's debut single, "Waiting Outside the Lines," was released in October 2010 and charted at 12 followed by his debut studio album, Hold On 'til the Night, in August 2011 which reached number 29 in the US charts.

Heaven King

Heaven King was just three years old when she appeared on Ellen's show, dancing alongside her dance instructor mom, Tianne. She and her mother have also started a dance company called Heaven on Earth Dance Studio. She still makes dance videos on Instagram and YouTube.

She became so popular after her appearance on the talk show that even Beyoncé recognized her when they met. The King family also starred in a reality show, Raising Heaven.

Kai Langer

Four-year-old singer Kai Langer left Ellen DeGeneres speechless he covered Bruno Mar's "Grenade" on his first appearance on her show. He has made multiple appearances on the show since then, covering songs by Katy Perry, dueting with Bruno Mars and meeting Ed Sheeran.

The Filipino-Czech child is passionate about football, now dedicating more time on his social media to his soccer skills than his singer. He is a buddy footballer and trades sports cards online.

Sophia Grace Brownlee And Rosie McClelland

London born cousins, Rosie McClelland and Sophia Grace Brownlee were just five and eight years old when their rendition of Nicki Minaj's hit song "Super Bass" went viral back in 2011. They appeared on her show multiple times and quickly became global stars, working red carpets in 2012 and 2013.

Brownlee and McClelland then starred in the 2014 adventure comedy Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure. They also guest starred on the Nickelodeon sitcom Sam & Cat, alongside Ariana Grande. The British pair also published two children’s picture books, which went on to become a bestseller.

Sophia Grace has maintained a successful YouTube career and attempted a career in fashion by creating a brand called LoLo London — which has since closed. Both of the girls are still releasing singles, only now as solo artists. They returned to Ellen's chat show this year to showcase how the host changed their lives.

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Taylor Hatala

Taylor Hatala was just 11 years old when she went viral for her dancing with choreographer Laurence Kaiwai to Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda." The pair performed their routine on The Ellen DeGeneres Show a month later.

Taylor and dance partner Larsen Thompson teamed up with Mattel's Monster High to create an original music video called City Ghouls.

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After appearing on the show, she performed at the BET Awards with Chris Brown, has gone on tour with Janet Jackson and kick started an acting and modeling career—all before she was old enough to attend high school.

Hatala is still a successful dancer who makes Instagram videos. Along with her dancing, Hatala has gone into acting, appearing on the sitcom Fresh of the Boat and the School of Rock series.

Merrick Hanna

Before Merrick Hanna made his debut on the show, the nine-year-old was performing in the street. Performing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show propelled the breakdancer to new heights. The child prodigy auditioned for season 12 of America’s Got Talent and made it to the semi-finals.

He went into acting, with some of his credits including Attaway General, Mani and Team Kaylie.

Harmony Zhu

This talented piano player found fame through Ellen DeGeneres at just eight years old.

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Since making an appearance on the show, the Harmony Zhu has played at Carnegie Hall three times and became the youngest-ever winner of the Chopin International Competition.

She has gone on to perform with some of the biggest and most respected composers and orchestras in the world. Not just a piano prodigy, Harmony Zhu is also a chess prodigy and was awarded the title of Woman Candidate Master.

Sabre Norris

Sabre Norris appeared on The Ellen Show showcasing her impressive skateboarding and surfing tricks. After her interview on The Ellen Show went viral, with people falling in love with Norris' personality, she was sent to cover red carpet events.

Norris is still focused on surfing and skateboarding. She recently placed second in the Vans Park Series Oceania Championships. At 13 years old, the Australian won the X Games qualifier in Boise, Idaho, securing her a spot in the 2018 X Games where she won silver.

She is the third female in history and first Australian female to land a 540. She showcases her tricks on her YouTube channel.

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