Girl with down syndrome adorably photo-bombs live TV shot, becomes local star
Here is a newsworthy video that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Scott Van Der Linden, a newscaster in Australia is standing in a shopping mall, doing a live shot, when over his right shoulder appears Georgia Knoll, a girl with Down Syndrome who just cannot contain her excitement.
She claps her hands in glee, grins from ear to ear, gives a brief little wave and then licks her fingers, runs them over her lips and then dabs her eyebrows into place.
All ready for my close-up, Mr. Van Der Linden.
The journalist was tipped off that someone was behind him because the camerawoman started giggling, he said on Facebook.
Getting interrupted during a live shot is nothing new, he wrote, but usually it's not something good. Usually it's someone trying to grab the microphone, or yelling at the crew to get out or there's a bunch of teenagers in the background acting like, well, teenagers.
"One of the nicest 'videobombs' I've had while filming ... Hi Georgia," Van Der Linden wrote.
He did, indeed, give her a close-up, turning to her and asking if she'd like to say hello.
Georgia steps right up, waves frantically and says "Hi mom. Hi dad. Love ya!" The girl is so excited she is shaking and giggling like mad.
After it was posted on the station's website, it went quite nuts, garnering more than 13,000 comments, 55,000 likes and 2.6 million views. The footage also landed on international news sites.
Turns out Georgia is an actress and very active in the local Down Syndrome community. She had appeared onstage at the Mayor's Charity Ball in Mackay, a city in Queensland.
Even the mayor weighed in on Facebook.
"She is indeed a natural superstar! Well done Georgia."