Connie Talbot, 8, the Britain's Got Talent star snubbed by Simon Cowell, breaks America

She was famously turned down by Simon Cowell after he declared she was too young to become a recording artist.

But it appears eight-year-old Connie Talbot is getting the last laugh after breaking America.

The young girl from Walsall is following in the footsteps of Leona Lewis by becoming the latest talent show protegée to find success in the U.S.

Scroll down for a video of Connie performing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show

A collection of the world's most talented kids got together for a US TV special.

Singing sensation: Eight-year-old Connie Talbot is riding high in the US pop charts, at number two after an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show last month

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Connie's fame has spread in the US with the younger singer's appearances on top-rated chat shows Ellen and Oprah

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Connie performed on the show

Connie is in the No.1 spot in the Billboard Hot 100 single sales charts with the Bob Marley song Three Little Birds and her debut album Somewhere Over The Rainbow is already in the top 10.

This means she has the top-selling single at present in the whole of the US.

The video of her singing Three Little Birds has already attracted over 82million hits on YouTube.

Connie leaped to fame in 2007 when she was the runner-up to opera singer Paul Potts in the first series of Britain's Got Talent.

Aged just six and missing several front teeth, she wowed audiences with her performance of Somewhere Over The Rainbow on the ITV show.

Judge Cowell originally offered her a record contract, but decided she was too young for his record label Sony BMG.

Cowell insisted he liked Connie's singing, but believed she should be older.

He said: 'When the time is right I will be delighted to see if we can make it work.'

Determined there were fans who wanted to buy her music, Connie's parents Sharon and Gavin sought out another record company and last year she signed a deal with the Rainbow Recording Company.

Connie Talbot, 6, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, pictured with her mother Sharon

Mummy's girl: Connie with her mother Sharon

Her mother Sharon said: 'If she'd gone with Simon's label she would have been working as a fully fledged professional in the industry, doing promotional work and touring.

'We were naive in not realising how much that would have affected her life. Instead, we found a better solution which has not robbed her of her childhood.'

The album was released in Britain to mixed reviews from critics last November and reached No.35 in the charts.

But after its U.S. release in October, Connie already appears to be doing far better Stateside.

She received a huge sales boost with appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Speaking to Ellen, Connie claimed she started singing when she was 12 months old when she watched The Wizard Of Oz with her late grandmother.

Trying to explain her huge appeal, her U.S. publicist Peter Kuys said: 'It is a very Christian audience that listens to her. Grandparents buy her music for their grandchildren.'

Connie is hoping for better UK sales for her second album Connie Talbot's Christmas Album, which was released on Monday.

In the 15-track disc, she covers classic Yuletide songs including Rocking Around The Christmas Tree, Silent Night and Ave Maria.

Connie Talbot, 6, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, singing on the final of Britain's Got Talen

Discovery: Six-year-old Connie singing on the final of Britain's Got Talent in June 2007

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