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Irish boys singing Rihanna cover become online global hit

Filming on a mobile phone in a cul-de-sac in Celbridge, County Kildare is not the normal way to create a successful music video.

But for Harrison Dodo, 16, and Robert Scanlon, 11, that is exactly how their new music careers started out.

The boys recorded their version of Rihanna's We Found Love while they were out playing.

The video was uploaded to YouTube and has since been watched by more than one million people.

Their video has even come to the attention of American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and talk show anchor Ellen DeGeneres.

Image caption American Idol host Ryan Seacrest tweeted the video to his followers.

Thousands of comments have even been left on the video including "absolutely amazing...." and "Absolutely fab! Very talented young guys, well done. :o)".

Global hit

It all came as a bit of surprise for Darren Scanlon, Rob's father, who works for an IT company, when the video went viral.

"I wasn't surprised by his vocal ability. I've heard him sing a lot and he has formed a band with a few other friends from school.

"I didn't know they recorded a video but how the whole thing has snowballed has been unbelievable.

"It's an exciting time for the lads. They have had a few radio appearances and even appeared on an Irish TV show.

"Robert isn't so fussed about the whole thing though. He is annoyed as he is missing out on playing football with his mates."

It has been a bit of a whirlwind for Robert and Harrison since the video was uploaded. They both have stayed in school and have been completing media engagements in the evenings and at weekends.

Robert said it has been weird going into school while this is happening and he is not sure why they even made the video.

"I don't why we recorded the video. I sing all the time around house. I was just outside playing and Harrison asked me to sing for him," he said.

"I'd like to be a singer and for this to keep going and get bigger and bigger."

'Ditch the track suits'

Sixteen-year-old Harrison has always enjoyed rapping after getting into it a few Christmases ago. He had heard Robert sing before and knew he was good.

"I was round his cul-de-sac with my friends, I saw him out playing and I said to them - you have got to hear this kid sing!" he said.

Image caption The boys got to meet Robbie Wiliams who described them as 'the next big thing'.

"I had my guitar and we messed a about a bit and then someone filmed it on their phone. It was uploaded to YouTube and it went crazy."

The boys were then asked to appear on Ireland's Late Late show and perform the song. Although they had to ditch the track suits and be restyled.

"We had to get some fancy clothes before we went on the show, but we got to meet Robbie Williams and he said we were the next big thing," said Robert.

They have now had approaches from record companies and the prospect of TV appearances in America, despite this the boys are keeping quiet about these offers.

"We're not saying what we are doing at the moment but I'm sure you'll be seeing us again very soon," Harrison said.

Rihanna recorded the original video for We Found Love in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

She has not yet commented on what she thinks of the boys' cover.

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