This babysitter is a real Disney princess.
Nicki Maher, 43, of Somerset, Massachusetts, secretly filmed her babysitter, Delaney Wilson, singing a song from the Disney movie “The Little Mermaid”, and the clip has gone viral since its publication last month.
The video – viewed over 11.8 million times – begins with Maher whispering to the camera: “He’s our babysitter. In the background, Wilson, 18, sings the song “Part of Your World”.
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The clip then switches to Wilson singing while playing Barbie dolls with Maher’s daughter.
Maher told Fox News that even before she secretly filmed Wilson singing, she knew her babysitter’s beautiful voice.
During the video, Maher wrote: “I try to encourage her to make her voice heard more. But she gets discouraged about how she looks in her videos. And all I see is beauty. My kids too. Let’s show her some love so I can blackmail her more for us !!! “
Commentators on the clip were in awe of Wilson’s beautiful voice, with one person saying, “You all hired your own Disney Princess!”
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Two of Maher’s friends had taught Wilson at the local school and one of those friends informed Maher that Wilson could sing. Maher also took a look at Wilson’s TikTok page and was “super impressed,” she told Fox.
What was even more impressive – and touching – for Maher was a video on Wilson’s TikTok profile that showed the moment she found out she had been accepted into her dream school, Berklee College of Music.
In the clip, Wilson says to himself, “It’s okay if I don’t, it’s okay.” However, when she opens the email, she starts screaming with joy.
“And that made me cry,” Maher told Fox. “I was like, I love those kinds of little stories. She looks so sweet. So I knew she was talented. And coming into Berklee is amazing in itself.”
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Once Wilson started working for Maher, the mother-of-two asked Wilson why she hadn’t posted more videos of herself singing on social media.
“That’s when she said to me, ‘I think about it too much and I never feel like I sound good enough and I don’t always feel confident in my appearance.” Maher said. “And it broke my heart.”
Wilson told Fox News that over the past year she has received “a lot of negative comments” from people about “what I love to do, my voice and my personality.”
“I was definitely holding back after a very difficult year,” Wilson told Fox News.
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Maher captured video of Wilson singing as she played with Maher’s daughter.
Wilson told Fox News she had “no idea” that Maher was recording it until later, when Maher showed Wilson the clip.
Maher told Fox News: “I said, ‘Delaney, you got to hear, like, what I hear. You have to see what I see.'”
At that point, Maher said, Wilson was able to see himself “through a different lens.”
“It’s not that she didn’t know she had a talent that so many people have already told her she has,” Maher said. “It’s just that she didn’t hear it without knowing that she was trying or that someone was watching her. That’s why the video was so beautiful.”
Wilson added, “To me it was like, wow, like I’m doing so much different when I don’t know a camera is pointed at me.”
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Maher said Wilson gave him permission to post the clip to his TikTok account and it quickly took off.
“I knew it would be good comments behind and cheers, but I didn’t know it would be to that degree,” Maher said.
“It was absolutely crazy,” Wilson added. “I’ve had so many amazing opportunities and met so many amazing people who have reached out and been so nice to me. So it really helped me have confidence in myself and it makes me super happy. to know that these people want to hear my voice. “
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As someone who helped spur some of these opportunities by posting the video, Maher said she was happy about the times when social media brings positive results.
“I love the power of social media,” Maher said. “I always say that if we want to use it for good, we can. There’s a really good side. And a lot of wonderful things happen if we choose to focus on those things. So that’s the point. one of them. “