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'Frostbit Boy' ready to rule the airwaves after committing his unique country brogue to song

By Allan Preston

Published 01/01/2016

The Northern Ireland teenager who became an overnight star on the internet for his outlandish country accent is releasing a song called The Girl For Me on January 13.

It's now a year since Ruairi McSorley, aka Frostbit boy, was interviewed on UTV News about the snow in his home area in the Sperrins, famously remarking: "Oh God you wouldn't be long getting frostbit."

The clip was frantically shared on social media and within days had clocked up a staggering four million views.

Hoping to finish off the year on a high note, he excitedly announed on his Facebook page that: "The music video and pre-sale are coming next week!

"All proceeds go to Brainwaves NI as part of NiStars Songs For Anna Charity Album."

He then shared the video of local girl Anna Guest, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour just days after her 14th birthday.

With a hint at what people can expect, he posted a tongue-in-cheek clip of himself "filming the video" while in bed with an older woman.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph outside his home yesterday, Ruairi reflected on a whirlwind 2015.

"2015, God it all really just fell in," he said.

"I said it was coul' over there just at the bus stop and from January on my jaw's just sore smilin. Just flat-out selfie-ing, shakin' hands, goin' to this, that and thon. Doin everythin' on the television, wireless, everythin'."

It wasn't long before he was centre of attention once more after turning up to his school to collect his A-level results on a horse.

With a new media profile in hand, he also landed himself a gig as the face of a campaign for superfast broadband.

He appeared on billboards throughout Northern Ireland, smiling, his thumbs up and with the slogan: "Sure ye wuldn't be long waitin' with thon fibre broadband, sure she's superfast."

Ruairi said of his initial rush of media attention: "I sorta took a break from it all for a wee while at the same time ye know, just because there's definitely hay to be made there.

"I was sort of scundered at mysel' at the same time for a wee while. But you know there's definitely hay there to be made so there's a good lot comin' up there alright."

Looking forward to 2016 he says he has high hopes to showcase not only his musical talents, but to launch a touring play.

"We've this song comin' out now, and if this song goes alright there'll be talk of a while more of that alright.

"And there's talks as well now that there might be a kinda, you know that there might be a carry on play sort of thing as well."

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