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Teen finds web fame singing dumpling hymn
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Teen finds web fame singing dumpling hymn

Published: 28 Mar 2013 10:25 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Mar 2013 10:25 GMT+01:00

Fritz Wagner has shot to internet fame after making a video of himself singing a funny song about his favourite dumplings. With over 2.5 million views on YouTube and a recording contract, the teenager is The Local's German of the Week.

Wagner is just 14 but shows a fair degree of professionalism on the video - as well as suitably fluffy hair and a great shirt.

The schoolboy from the central-eastern German state of Thuringia sings in the classic German Schlager style, extolling the virtues of the huge potato dumplings known as Klöße as the camera follows him around several typical regional scenarios.

He takes a walk through the woods to a countryside restaurant where he is filmed in the kitchen, lifting the lid off a pan of water while the chef throws in the dumplings.

His praise of the traditional German dish continues in various shots, sitting with a traditionally dressed couple eating their meal, and at the top of a church tower with the rolling hills of eastern Germany behind him.

More than 2.5 million people have already watched the song on YouTube, no doubt marvelling at lyrics such as "I am addicted to them, the dumplings are so important to me."

Now Fritz has landed a contract with Warner Music Group Germany and his song will be available on CD for those who want to hear it over and over again.

And while some might sneer at Schlager, it is a huge industry in Germany, in which Fritz Wagner will doubtless become a fixture.

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Your comments about this article

14:11 March 28, 2013 by Cartooncat
To be picky... it's not really Schlagermusik but rather Volksmusik. But yes... it does make you want to forgive Julie Andrews everything.
12:26 March 29, 2013 by Englishted
Where the hell are GEMA when for once they are needed ?.
08:28 March 31, 2013 by Wolfgang Fritz
This is Germany's Justin Beiber. wunderbar!
13:13 April 4, 2013 by ichbines
God help us poor prisoners of Germany!
02:05 April 6, 2013 by Landmine
Good job kid, but get a haircut! You look like a girl!!!
15:30 April 7, 2013 by Tom the Frog
How does one put into words simply how bad this is?!
18:16 April 9, 2013 by john p sullivan
A very well thought out video. Excellent work by all.

Ein sehr gut durchdacht Video. Ausgezeichnete Arbeit von allen
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