Dance Moms‘ 11-year-old sensation Maddie Ziegler is the star of Sia’s new video for “Chandelier.” I guess Ms. Abby’s strict and questionable teaching methods have paid off. The video has 15 million views and is climbing since Maddie’s performance with the camera-shy Sia on Ellen. Maddie delivers an amazing performance as a mini-Sia dancing along to “Chandelier.”
Dance Moms fans might wonder how Maddie got the gig. Usually it is Abby Lee who secures opportunities for her girls, pitting them against each other and blatantly favoring Maddie over the other girls. But Sia reached out to Maddie herself via Twitter. In a Vulture interview, Maddie explains how the video came to be:
It was really funny. Sia was a fan of our show. She actually tweeted us, ‘Hey, Maddie, would you like to be in my new video for my new song ‘Chandelier’?’ I was just like, ‘Whoa, this is pretty cool.’ A lot of people that I know got involved in it, and we contacted her and she really wanted me to be in it. So I flew to L.A. two weeks later, and I rehearsed and I filmed it.
Her performance and success are sure to make Abby Lee proud!