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Finnish gibberish talker finds fame, heads to US

Friday - 3/21/2014, 4:06pm  ET

Finnish 19-year old girl Sara Maria Forsberg, right, received the key to her home town from the Pietarsaari City Manager Mikael Jakobsson, at the Pietarsaari City Hall on Tuesday March 18, 2014, in symbolic recognition of her new found fame. Supermarket cashier Firsberg has more than 9 million views on her language imitation YouTube video "What languages sound like to a foreigner", and now she hopes her celebrity status will open new career opportunities for her. (AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA, Tomi Hirvinen) FINLAND OUT - NO SALES

MATTI HUUHTANEN
Associated Press

HELSINKI (AP) -- A 19-year-old Finnish supermarket cashier with millions of Internet fans of her language imitation YouTube video is heading for America hoping her gibberish hit will open up a new career.

In two weeks, Sara Maria Forsberg's "What languages sound like to a foreigner" has drawn more than 9 million viewings, transforming her into a sought after celebrity that prompted the mayor of her hometown of Pietarsaari to hand her the town keys as a gesture of appreciation.

Mayor Mikael Jakobsson says she "likely is the most famous person ever" to have been born in the coastal town of 20,000 inhabitants.

Her agent Jere Hietala told the AP on Wednesday that Forsberg was headed for Los Angeles on March 29 after "numerous advertising related companies" had been in touch.


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