Anyone who watches the Ellen DeGeneres Show regularly is already familiar with Kai, Ellen’s favorite singer. When Kai was 5 years old, Ellen first discovered him and brought him onto her show to sing a passionate rendition of “Roar” for the crowd. Ellen couldn’t get enough, so she brought him back on the show a while later to cover Bruno Mars for her. This past summer, Kai returned again and sang “Cake by the Ocean” for Ellen. His signature style of performing– eyes closed tight paired with wild gesturing– melted hearts.
Now, Kai is 8 years old, and he’s back again! This time, he’s singing Ed Sheeran’s Hit “Thinking Out Loud.” He thinks he’s just there to talk with Ellen and sing again– and that’s all Ellen is thinking too– until a surprise guest crashes his performance… Ed Sheeran himself!
It turns out, Ed Sheeran was backstage gearing up to go on the show after Ellen. But when he heard Kai was covering his song, he just had to go out and surprise the little fan! Kai’s reaction is hilarious.
First, he has no idea anyone has come up behind him! Even though the crowd is screaming, he assumes they’re just cheering him on in his song (either that or he’s so lost in his performance he’s oblivious to the crowd).
When he finally turns and sees Ed Sheeran, his big personality melts away and all he can say is “hi.”
We’d be pretty nervous meeting Ed Sheeran, too!
Check out Kai’s adorable performance below and share