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Rocky teenager's six second video airs on Ellen

Ryan Willis made a vine that was shown on the Ellen Show. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Ryan Willis made a vine that was shown on the Ellen Show. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka Rokavine

WHEN Rockhampton's Ryan Willis uploaded a six second video online, he never dreamt it would get him a spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

But on Tuesday, when the American talk show aired in Australia, the 13-year-old's face was beamed across 21 countries.

His video appeared as part of a segment on Ellen's favourite Vines.

Ryan created a Vine account after seeing some popular videos on a Facebook page.

He started taking notice of what other good Vines had in common, and noticed that videos where people used exaggeration were the most popular.

He used this knowledge to create his viral video, which has been viewed more than 250,000 times on YouTube.

Ryan made the vine in August last year, and he said it took a month to really take off.

He said he's had a good reaction from other kids at his school, The Cathedral College.

"The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive," he said.

"Obviously we (my friends) crack some jokes, but people I haven't even met have been coming up to me and giving me high fives."

Ryan was contacted by Ellen's secretary around five weeks ago for permission to use the video, which has also been picked up by another American show which even asked him to sign a contract

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