To all the girls who absolutely adore Justin Timberlake, you’re gonna hate yourself for seeing how easy it was to get the megastar’s attention.
Esmee Denters, an 18-year-old Dutch singer who got her start by building up buzz on YouTube, is the first to sign with Justin Timberlake’s Tennman Records. Timberlake noticed Esmee after she garnered over 21 million YouTube views in less than 9 months, for her recorded performances of Beyonce, Alanis Morrisette and Alicia Keys.
â€œIn completely unpredicted news to all YouTubers and bloggers, we are proud to announce that Esmee Denters has signed to Tennman Records and she will be joining me on tour this summer. Esmee is the real deal and I cannot wait for the world to hear her, but all of her fans on YouTube should not worryâ€¦ we will keep you in the loop every step of the way,â€ Timberlake, Chairman/CEO of the label, announced.
â€œWords canâ€™t describe how amazing it is. I am so excited! It is something I have always dreamed of doing. I have to thank YouTube and its viewers for giving me the opportunity to show the world my voice. I also have to thank Justin, one of the biggest artists in the world, for believing in me and making my dreams come true,â€ says Esmee Denters.
YouTube might not have the impact of American Idol, but nevertheless goes without saying that some pretty big names in entertainment are starting to look to it as a source for emerging talent. Comedy video star Brooke “Brookers” Brodack was famously “discovered” by TV host Carson Daly last year, and videoblogger “Lonelygirl15,” after being outed as an actress, was cast in a movie opposite Lindsay Lohan.
Peep the vid to see her performance of “What Goes Around.” There’s a nice surprise at the end!