LOS ANGELES — If you’re a fan of Beyoncé and more specifically, Beyoncé cover videos on YouTube, you’re likely already very much aware of “Snuggie kid” Ton Do-Nguyen. If not, allow us to introduce you to the creative and multitalented home-video mastermind, who recently shot to viral-video superstardom via his shot-for-shot recreation of Beyonce’s “Countdown” video, which the Queen B herself called “brilliant.”
We decided Nguyen should come be a part of the 2012 VMAs so we first asked him to create a video mash-up of the Best Choreography nominees, which he executed in expert fashion, and then we decided he should be here so we flew him and his mother out here for all the award-show fun.
Needless to say, Nguyen might be the most excited attendee of them all.
“I am… I’m just freaking out right now,” Nguyen said when asked how he was feeling about attending the awards show. “This is so awesome. Thank you so much! I can’t believe this. I don’t know what to say.”
Nguyen is currently a high school senior from Pennsylvania and when he is not spending his free time making viral videos, he also serves as his school’s senior class president. The gracious and exuberant senior originally conceived his “Countdown” video as a birthday present for a friend and had no idea his excellent efforts would be rewarded by hundreds of thousands of YouTube views, a blessing from Beyoncé herself and a ticket to the VMAs.
So how the heck did he pull off such exact and technical replicas? Via a beginner course on the Sony Vegas editing software and a whole lot of creativity and patience.
“For each specific part, I would just look on YouTube and try and get it down to a T in front of my mirror and go off and film it,” Ton explained. “It’s so tiring, and do you know what it’s like to be in a Snuggie in the middle of July?”