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The ‘psycho girl’ singing Whitney Houston was at a house party in Salford on Friday


Remember that 10-year-old ‘psycho girl’ famed for covering Whitney Houston’s 1974 anthem ‘I Will Always Love You’? Yep, she’s still alive, and she was at a house party in Salford on Friday.

Alisha Barnard from Scunthorpe is now 19 and a Market Researcher. She was visiting a friend at uni over the weekend, where she met Luca at a house party in Salford on Friday night, pictured in the video below.

Luca shared the video of when he met Alisha on Twitter, which has now amassed over 9,619 retweets and 52.9K likes.

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On meeting Alisha, Luca said: “She’s from Scunthorpe and we have mutual friends. My friends told me it’s the ‘and IIIII’ girl and I nearly spat my drink out, because as soon as it clicks you can’t unsee it.

“But I refused to believe them anyway because she’s like a YouTube sensation, so they said fine and they introduced me to her.”

“I felt like I’d just met Ariana Grande.”

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Luca and Alisha in Salford on Friday

Via Twitter, Alisha teased that her stardom might have multiple faces, quote-tweeting a New Years Eve video from 2009 of Raven Princess of the Darkness and Tara rocking out to MCR, saying: “Just me or does the girl on the left look like the psycho girl who sings Whitney Houston?”

However, Alisha confirmed that it was a joke and she was not, in fact, Raven Princess of the Darkness, saying: “We just look similar.”

Alisha said she is often recognised as the ‘psycho girl’ singing Whitney Houston “on nights out or if I’m out shopping, but especially so after Luca tweeted so all Saturday night I was constantly recognised in Manchester, I don’t mind telling people when they ask I think it’s funny”.

The video of Alisha singing ‘And I Will Always Love You’ was dubbed on YouTube: “A girl is trying to sing I will always love you by Whitney Houston but keeps failing and gets angry”, amassing 1.3 million views to date, and “Psycho Girl Tries To Sing I Will Always Love You”, with 450K views.

Whitney hits an Eb5 high note (head voice/falsetto) when she sings the eponymous line from her song. When asked if she’s managed to hit those high notes yet, Alisha said: “I’m still working on that one.”

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