A student at Pitman High School in Turlock has become a viral sensation after video of him nailing some Michael Jackson dance moves landed on YouTube.
Brett Nichols’ moves have gotten over 6 million views on YouTube, as of Thursday evening. He performed Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” in front of two thousand people last week at his school’s talent show.
“My heart just pretty much stopped the minute I was next, so I just stood up there and two minutes went by, and here we are,” hes told FOX40.
Those two minutes were enough to get the attention from Michael Jackson’s estate. They reached out to Brett’s family and send out a congratulatory tweet.
CONGRATULATIONS TO BRETT NICHOLS FROM @PITMANPRIDE ON HIS MOONWALK TO THE TALENT SHOW WIN!
— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) May 22, 2014
“I think for Brett, that’s a pinnacle, because that’s recognition from the person he looks up to,” Brett’s mom, Donna, said.
Their principal says Brett’s success impacts all the students at the school, too.
“Kids are wandering up to him, high-fiveing him,” Principal Rod Hollars said.
For Brett, the attention could give him the boost he needs for a his dream career
“Film school, or anything in the performing arts to get my name in the spotlight,” he said. “Just make a name for myself.”
In case you were wondering, Brett won the talent show.
Highlights from the talent show are below, scroll ahead to about 1:10 in to see Brett’s performance.