Sunday 23 July 2017

Viral Grafton Street singer Allie (12) DIDN'T turn down chance to appear on Ellen

Daniel O'Connor

The 12-year old girl who achieved viral fame for busking Grafton Street has said the claim that she turned down appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres show is just 'a rumour'.

Cork native Allie Sherlock’s video of her performing Ed Sheeran’s  ‘Supermarket Flowers’ on Grafton Street has since amassed over 1.2 million views since being posted last week.

While the Evening Echo reported earlier this week that Allie had snubbed the request to appear on the popular US talk show, Allie confirmed on The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio One today that this was not the case.

“I got a call from Ellen through Facebook and I did a Skype interview,” Allie said. “There’s this rumour going around that I didn’t accept it or I didn't want to go on it, but I just didn’t hear anything back from them”

Allie was joined in studio by her father Mark, referred to by Allie as her “Dad-ager”, who described how frequently the two travel to busk in Dublin.

“Some weeks we’d go every week. Grafton Street is just so vibrant so Allie would want to go busking every week, and Grafton Street is buzzing so why not,” Mark said.

'Supermarket Flowers' is a song from Ed Sheeran’s latest album ‘÷’ dedicated to his late grandmother’s memory.

While Allie and her father spoke about how she had lost her Mam two years ago, the song was chosen more so because she simply loves the song.

Allie sang it because she loves the song. I don’t think Allie even noticed but there are a lot of words that explain things but she did it because she loves the song,” Mark said.

She then performed a live rendition on the show, before travelling to Grafton Street later in the day to busk again

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