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YouTube Sensation Keenan Cahill Talks Pauly D, Chelsea Handler, and Having Over 409 Million Views (and Counting) – Exclusive

Before there was Rebecca Black, and before there was Psy, there was YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill.

Two years ago, the 15-year-old high school student, who has the rare genetic disorder Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS-6), began producing videos of himself lip-synching the latest Top 40 pop hits from his childhood bedroom. Two years later, Kevin, now 17, has over 409 million YouTube views and counting.

Thanks to all the Internet attention he’s received, several of TV’s biggest names have taken notice. DJ Pauly D of Jersey Shore fame co-starred on a segment with him, and late night doyenne Chelsea Handler had him on as a guest.

And these days, Kevin’s doing his own singing for the first time on the new song, “Hands Up,” which is available on iTunes.

He opened up to Wetpaint Entertainment about his career so far… and what it feels like to inspire others living with MPS-6.

Wetpaint Entertainment: What made you decide to start singing your own tracks as opposed to lip-synching?
Keenan Cahill: After lip-synching for so long, it was starting to get boring. I thought it was time to get my own voice out there and take a risk.

What’s been the reaction to “Hands Up”?
Some people like it, some people think its weird and tell me to stop. But it’s been more good than bad. A lot of people have been telling me that I should have done this before.

What was it like working with Pauly D?
He’s a cool guy, really down to earth.

And Chelsea Handler?
What you see on TV, she’s like that in real life! She’s not fake at all. She told me she and 50 Cent used to watch my shows together and that they were big fans. That was really cool to hear.

Which stars do you want to work with next?
I’d love to do something with Daniel Tosh or Zach Galifianakis.

Do you often hear from other people who have MPS-6?
Yeah, it’s really great. People who have it call me and say they feel like they can do more things now. They say to me, “You don’t focus on it, you just do what you want to do.” They say I inspire them.

Check out Keenan’s videos at his official website, Keenan’s Room.

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11.21.2012 / 03:44 AM EDT by Beth Sobol
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