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Welcome to the UK from Merton

2010-11-26 06:19:42 GMT2010-11-26 14:19:42 (Beijing Time)

Internet sensation Merton welcomes passengers to the UK with an improvised song and a smile at London's Gatwick Airport

Travellers landing at England's Gatwick Airport were treated to a welcome song from the internet's YouTube and Chatroulette sensation, 'Merton', who serenaded them through the arrival gate on his bright pink grand piano.

Merton found fame on webcam/chatroom site,

The hooded and bespectacled performer would improvise ditties on his piano about the stranger on the other side of the screen.

His witty one-on-one performances were an instant hit with users, who uploaded his skits which quickly spread all over the web.

Soon people were logging on with suggestions and requests for a customised, improvised tune from the sudden star.

SOUNDBITE Merton, piano player, saying (English):

"When I have someone who is doing something funny enough that I can make up a story about it, that's what I really enjoy because they are at least half of it. I don't think anybody wants to see me sitting alone in a room making up stuff. They want to see me interacting with someone so that's the key for me."

The comic pianist was approached to play at Gatwick by T-Mobile, the mobile phone provider behind the series of flash-mob ad campaigns launched throughout London.

Despite his new found popularity, Merton says he plans to keep his true identity under wraps and that if his celebrity ever becomes bigger than his act, the gig is up.

SOUNDBITE Merton, piano player, saying (English):

"If I get to a certain level of fame a certain type of media will become obsessed with finding out who I am and it will all end at that point. But right now its nice and I have a very low level of fame and not that many people care about exposing me."

Merton is due pop-up around London surprising and entertaining an unsuspecting public throughout the week.


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