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TODAY   |  January 17, 2014

‘Teen Elvis’ visits Graceland

Elvis Thibault, a 16-year-old Elvis sound-a-like surprising fans worldwide, embarks on a tour of the former King of Rock’s mansion with NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager and talks about the wild ride his life has taken.

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>>> an elvis hit.

>> jenna bush hager hit the road with him.

>> i did. good morning, guys. 16-year-old david tebow was impressing fans worldwide and i recently caught up with him -- where else? graceland . he's racked up over 9 million hits on youtube. made ellen swoon. and wowed us on "today."

>> it is eerie.

>> reporter: 16-year-old french-speaking canadian david tebow took the world by storm with a spot-on rendition of elvis presley 's " blue christmas ." discovered by a radio host last month, this teen from a small town in northern quebec has a hit single on itunes and a v.i.p. invitation to visit, where else, the home of elvis , graceland . do you like seeing graceland ?

>> yeah. and v.i.p. it's a dream come true.

>> what do you love about this place?

>> the energy of it. the spirit of it.

>> do you feel it here?

>> yes.

>> you can feel it here?

>> if he was here, i think he would be proud of me.

>> what about elvis do you love?

>> voice for sure. his sense of humor.

>> your grandfather, actually, was the one that inspired you to love elvis , is that right?

>> yes. when he died, he gave me his passion.

>> when you sing, do you think of your grandfather?

>> yes.

>> you do?

>> all the time.

>> his mom, who speaks only french is overwhelmed with what has happened to her son.

>> this whole experience means a lot to your whole family?

>> like a dream, you know. i don't know if i will wake up.

>> and lucky for me, during our graceland tour, david was so overwhelmed, he broke into song. one for the money two for the show don't you step on my blue suede shoes

>> reporter: impressing me --

>> private concert, that was amazing.

>> reporter: and the director of archives for graceland .

>> you've seen your share of elvis impersonators and those who can sing like elvis .

>> exactly. we can't go on together with suspicion minds

>> and david ranks really high. he's young, talented.

>> reporter: a sentiment echoed by the elvis fan who showed up to play homage to the king of rock 'n' roll.

>> what do you think of david ?

>> awesome. you know, he's in his teenage years, what do we have to look forward to?

>> a lot.

>> yes.

>> reporter: and on this day, elvis ' 79th birthday, david was asked to lead the party.

>> elvis !

>> and this wasn't david 's first trip to graceland , he went last summer with his mom on a nine-day bus tour from canada. he said i think i'll be back. but i love elvis , "suspicion minds" favorite song.

>> yeah.

>> all right. thank you, jenna bush hager . we appreciate it. up next, more music from the hit group neon trees. but first, this is "today" on nbc.

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