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Finnish gibberish talker finds fame, heads to US

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MATTI HUUHTANEN | March 19, 2014 12:06 PM EST | AP

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HELSINKI (AP) — A 19-year-old Finnish supermarket cashier with millions of Internet fans of her language imitation YouTube video is heading for America hoping her gibberish hit will open up a new career.

In two weeks, Sara Maria Forsberg's "What languages sound like to a foreigner" has drawn more than 9 million viewings, transforming her into a sought after celebrity that prompted the mayor of her hometown of Pietarsaari to hand her the town keys as a gesture of appreciation.

Mayor Mikael Jakobsson says she "likely is the most famous person ever" to have been born in the coastal town of 20,000 inhabitants.

Her agent Jere Hietala told the AP on Wednesday that Forsberg was headed for Los Angeles on March 29 after "numerous advertising related companies" had been in touch.