An eight-year-old boy with autism has become an Internet star after taking part in a webcam competition while on holidays with his mother.
Standing on a footpath in the beachside town of St Ives in Cornwall, England, young William Ryan broke out into a flawless rendition of Michael Jackson's Thriller, with everything being caught on the camera of a nearby shopfront.
William only discovered the singer's work 18 months ago and has been using YouTube to memorise all of his most famous dances. And it seems all the work has paid off, with William's performance winning him a gift hamper and toy store voucher.
In fact, after accumulating close to 90 thousand views on Facebook and attracting hundreds of positive comments, the competition organisers -Aspect Holidays- have also thrown in a free holiday and a local candy shop gifted him a bag of sweet treats.
However, it's the well-wishing users on social media that have really played on William's family's heartstrings. Replying to the comments, his mother Gemma explained, “Three years ago, when William was five he was diagnosed with autism. He struggled to communicate, struggled academically in school and continues to struggle to socialise and make friends.”
“He's never been to a dance school for a single lesson - he finds them too intimidating. He had taught himself how to dance like MJ and absolutely adores him! He loves to dance and as I've been reading your comments to him it has blown his mind that so many people like him!" she continued.