Denise Bestman, Sixth Grader From Staten Island, Stars In Target Ad

The 11-Year-Old Was Discovered On YouTube Singing Adele Song

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An 11-year-old Staten Island girl who sang with her school’s chorus last year at the Academy Awards is back in the spotlight.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Denise Bestman is the star of Target’s new commercial for Adele’s album “21” which aired during Sunday night’s Grammys.

The commercial features Denise riding in a bus singing Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep” until she’s joined by other girls. The song then changes into Adele’s version.

Watch the commercial below:

The Staten Island sixth grader says she was so excited when the commercial aired.

“I was watching the Grammys and my mom was actually sleeping and when I saw myself on the TV I woke her up and was like, ‘Mom, mom that’s me on the TV, that’s me on the Grammys,'” she told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

Target reportedly tracked down Denise from a video of her on YouTube leading the P.S 22 chorus in a version of “Rolling in the Deep.”

Watch the P.S 22 chorus sing Adele’s song below:

Last year, she sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with her chorus at the Oscars. She now goes to Edwin Markham Intermediate School.

  • John Hylan

    This girl isn’t white. Is that legal on Staten Island?

  • Petsilee

    FABTABULOUS!!! Good for you Denise.

  • Jabari


    What a ignorant comment to make about an 11 yr. old – GROW UP

  • Bklyn mom

    Thanks to Youtube, lots of talented people will have a chance at stardom that they never would have had before. Gotta love it!

  • Novella L.

    Go ahead little Whitney! :)

  • Jimmy


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