Sean "Diddy" Combs, also known as P. Diddy, Puff Daddy and Puffy, has almost as many names as he does ventures—rapper, producer, designer, actor—and that's just the beginning. This hip-hop mogul has a fast-paced lifestyle and he needs assistance! "I know you all have heard all of the rumors that I'm looking for a new assistant. The rumors are true. So what better job than to have me scream at you, go crazy, keep you up late hours, have you sleep deprived?" Diddy says.
Diddy is no stranger to YouTube and decided to use his page, Diddy TV, to find his new assistant. Applicants were urged to submit video interviews explaining why they were right for the job. "One of the things about YouTube, it's a way to cut out the middle man and go directly to your community," he says. "I know a lot of people out there, they aspire to be young moguls and they may live in Middle America and not have a chance to really meet someone like me or apply personally for a job."
Within 24 hours, Diddy began receiving offbeat videos from around the world and realized he needed to narrow down his qualifications. "What have I started? Things are getting a little crazy. So to keep things a little focused, you have to have some sort of skill set. Know how to read. You've got to know how to write. I hope you know you've got to have a college degree," Diddy says.
After sorting through thousands of videos, Diddy narrowed his selection to three candidates: Heather, a confident lawyer; Cedric, a talented businessman; and Nick, an ambitious rapper. The applicants are asked to explain why they think they are right for the job.
Heather: "I think I should have this job because my experience as a lawyer, a return Peace Corps volunteer, and my wide scope of professional experiences, I believe make me uniquely qualified to serve Mr. Combs. I'm very humble and not unwilling to take the role of assisting him because I understand who the star is in this relationship and I'm willing to support him in the way that he needs."
Cedric: "The reason I think I'm the right person for the job is I do have a business background and I know he does need someone when he's not available to possibly speak to someone to close a deal. And I think what's most important is being as famous as he is, he doesn't have time for himself—so I'm looking to give him a part of his life back where he can actually relax and take some time to be with the family."
Nick: "My father was no Hitler, but he was definitely strict. I've been running my household since the age of 17—had to be preemptive, know what he wants before he ask asks for it, know how to make him happy before he asks for it. Not to say I've been training, but I've been preparing for the position all my life."
Diddy has heard their pitches, reviewed their résumés and gone through background checks on each candidate. Now, he's ready to make his decision. His new assistant is...Heather! Diddy says he has several reasons for choosing Heather. "It was just her passion, it was the way she articulated herself. I think she really understood what the job entailed. She had a background that was stellar, being a lawyer and her work in the Peace Corps. And just the way she came across, you know." Hear more from Cedric and Nick after the show
With more than 60 million views to date, Judson's YouTube video "Evolution of Dance" is currently the most viewed video of all time on YouTube. What could cause such a frenzy? All it took was a guy, a stage, a spotlightand some killer dance moves.
Judson gives the Oprah
audience a taste and even throws in a few new moves that will be performed in his second YouTube video. From "The Twist" and "Proud Mary" to "Ice Ice Baby," Judson takes cues from dance moves throughout the decades as he shakes and shimmies his way across the stage. Judson tells Oprah after the show where he learned those smooth moves
Judson explains that he didn't start the "Evolution of Dance" with the intention of becoming a YouTube star. "I actually work as a professional speaker and so I needed to do something at the end of my shows to really show people that 'life is change,' because that's one of my big themes. And I thought about how dancing has changed, and even though each one of those dances is fantastic, new songs are constantly coming out," Judson says.
Choreographing the dances wasn't difficult for Judson—the hard part was choosing the songs! "The funny thing was, once the music was mixed and in place, the dances kind of fell into place. It started off as 12 songs, two and a half minutes. And every time I would do it, someone would come up afterwards and be like, 'Oh my gosh, you have to add this song.' And people would e-mail with things that I should keep adding. And I kept adding and adding and adding and it got to the point where all that I could do was about six minutes!"
Simon Cowell is not only the toughest critic on American Idol, he also tells it like it is on the British version called Britain's Got Talent. When a video from that show surfaced on YouTube, millions went crazy for the shy cell phone salesman with a passion for opera. "By day, I sell mobile phones. My dream is to spend my life doing what I feel that I was born to do," Paul said before his performance on Britain's Got Talent.
The unlikely contestant gave the performance of a lifetime, bringing tears to the eyes of audience members and rousing a standing ovation. Paul went on to win the competition and was immediately signed to a record deal by Simon Cowell.
Now, Paul performs an operatic song from his first album One Chance for the Oprah audience. "People in our audience are crying and [they] don't even understand Italian," Oprah says. "That's when you know."
So what does Paul think of his newfound stardom? "It's bonkers," he says. Throughout his life, Paul has struggled to build the confidence to match his powerful voice. "Well, I've just always sung. It was something I used to do when I was very young. I used to use it as a way of escaping the bullies at school because they couldn't wait the hour I was in the school choir."
Paul credits his wife, Julie, with his success. "I applied for the show basically on a flip of the coin in the end because I couldn't decide whether I had the talent or whether I was too old. And I think that the person that's really given me the most confidence in my life the last four years has been my wife, who has been an incredible support." Paul and Julie talk about love, challenges and the best advice Simon Cowell gave them after the show.
Although Paul's YouTube clip was viewed 25 million times in a single summer and his first album, One Chance
, has sold a million copies, he is still in disbelief. "I've been shown the clip with the YouTube background on quite a few shows, and it's weird watching and hearing yourself and think, 'Is that really me?'"
There is still one YouTube star left to meet—Tyson, the skateboarding bulldog! Tyson runs out and coasts back and forth across the Oprah
stage on his skateboard, cutting corners like a pro.Visit Tyson backstage after his Oprah Show appearance.
Tyson's owner, Jim, says he didn't have to teach his athletic pup a thing about riding a skateboard. "Tyson is self-taught," Jim says.
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