Sophia Grace and Rosie Were Viral Stars, But Now You Could Pass Them On The Street And Not Know

Six years ago, two internet stars charmed the world when their cover of a Nicki Minaj song uploaded to YouTube went viral.

The video received over 52 million views.  

Sophia Grace and her cousin Rosie McClelland, who were only 8 and 5-years-old at the time, were invited on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform in front of the live studio audience.

Ellen also had Minaj on the show to surprise the girls. The duo won the host's heart and went on to make regular appearances on the show.

It wasn't long before the pint-sized stars became overnight household names.

They interviewed celebrities at red carpet events, guest starred on shows like Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, and released their first children's book titled Tea Time With Sophia Grace and Rosie.

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Sophia Grace, an aspiring pop star, even won the role of Little Red Riding Hood in the Disney adaptation of Into the Woods, but unfortunately her parents had to pull her out from the project because some of the film's themes were too mature for a kid her age.

But, not all hope was lost. The girls had so many exciting projects to look forward to.

In 2014, the cousins starred in their very own movie titled Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure.

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Sophia Grace and Rosie were so popular that JustPlay created dolls modeled after them. The dolls donned the girls' signature pink dresses and tiaras and sang their rendition of Super Bass.


In 2015, Sophia Grace released her first music video for her single called Best Friends.

A then 11-year-old, the preteen's song cracked Billboard's Top 100, and the video got more than 70 million views online.

However, their career came to a standstill by the end of that year, and suddenly the girls were no longer popping up on our TV screens as often as they used to.

Ellen invited them back on her show so they could update fans about their lives.


5 years later, the girls are all grown up. They have ditched the pink tutus and tiaras, and are pursuing their passions.

Earlier this year, Rosie posted a video to her personal YouTube page updating fans about her life since stepping out of the spotlight.

The 10-year-old said that she's been focusing on school, her piano lessons and gymnastics, which is her favorite thing at the moment.

"So I've been working real hard on my school work. My teachers are very happy with me. I got my handwriting license as well," she explained. "Also, I took my prep test in piano and I passed and I'm very excited about that."


"I spend time every single day on my bars and my beam but my most exciting news right now is that I've got my first solo in my singing class at stage school and I'm really excited and really nervous at the same time," she continued.

Rosie also does covers of songs, which she also shares on YouTube.

As for Sophia Grace, she's embraced life in the limelight. The 14-year-old released an EP titled Hollywood and is currently a judge on an ABC show called Toy Box.

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She described herself as the "serious" judge on the show, which is a whole different personality than the one she displays on her YouTube page.

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Sophia Grace still uploads song covers, original music, makeup tutorials, and some parodies on her YouTube account, which she says she does "to spread joy and inspire other little girls."

In this day and age when child stars can easily go down the wrong path, it's nice to see these girls follow their dreams and find success with their heads screwed on tightly. For the most part, their parents and management agency are to thank for that.

"Should the girls ever return to the spotlight, their fans can rest assured that they’ll be doing it with a good support system behind them," Sophia Grace's father Dominic Brownlee told the Huffington Post.

We can't wait to see what the girls have in store for us in the near future.