A seven-year-old boy from the Philippines appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in the US for the third time and continued to capture the hearts of American audiences with his crazy dance moves.
John Phillip Bughaw of Cavite City, or simply known as Balang, delighted the crowd as he danced to Justin Bieber’s No. 1 hit “Sorry” during his latest appearance on “Ellen” on Feb. 19.
Balang initially attracted Ellen’s attention when she saw him dancing to “Bang! Bang!” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj in a video that already went viral.
In May 2015, Ellen invited Balang over to the US and danced to the upbeat song.
When asked how he learned to dance, Balang told Ellen: “Pag nanunood po ako ng TV at pag may tugtog napapasayaw po ako.”
Balang went to the show with his sister who acted as an interpreter. So far, Balang has already garnered more than 12 million views on social media.
The wonder kid said that he was very happy to visit the US for the first time.
“Masaya po ako kasi may kumukurot sa pisngi ko at hinahawakan ang tyan ko. Tapos may nagpapa-picture pa,” Balang said.
Balang said he wanted to teach Zumba when he grows up so that people will become healthy.
The boy received chocolates as gifts from Ellen during his first appearance on the talk show.
His second Ellen appearance happened in November 2015. This time, Balang danced to “Single Ladies” by Beyonce and Silento’s “Nae Nae.”
Ellen gave him a stationary bike for his second appearance. But Balang said that biking always makes him hungry. The crowd roared in laughter.
Balang’s appearance on “Ellen” has already caught the attention of international media, including the influential “Time.”
The “Time” review, written by Samantha Grossman, read:
“His moves are sensational
“Meet John Phillip Bughaw, also known as Balang. He’s a 7-year-old dance sensation from the Philippines who’s already appeared on ‘Ellen.’ Twice. (The first time to bang bang, the second to nae nae.)
“Balang’s latest masterpiece is his recreation of the dance routine from Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” music video. In just three days, it’s racked up more than 11 million views on Facebook.
“Come on. This is so good. He’s clearly having the best time. This just might warrant another appearance on ‘Ellen’.”