Live!: YouTube Drummer Avery Molek & Top Teacher Search Semifinalists


Kelly & Michael: 6-Year-Old Drummer & Top Teacher Search

Avery Molek is a drumming prodigy. At age 6, he has mastered the drum kit and become a YouTube star. For Live with Kelly and Michael, he played the drums to Van Halen’s song “Panama.” Plus, the co-hosts announced the 2013 Top Teacher Search finalists.

When I was six, I’m pretty sure I was playing the drums on kitchen pots and pans, and not to the tune of any Van Halen songs.


Live!: YouTube Drummer Avery Molek & Top Teacher Search Semifinalists

Live featured a performance from six-year-old drum prodigy and YouTube star Avery Molek. Plus, the 2013 Top Teacher Search semifinalists were revealed.

Before the performance came to an end, it seemed like there were some audio problems.

Kelly and Michael: Avery Molek Drummer

Avery told the co-hosts he has been drumming since age 2. His father got him his first drum set for Christmas. But his parents are not musically inclined.


Even Justin Bieber is a fan of Avery’s music, but he was honest enough to admit that he is not a fan of Bieber. He prefers rock bands like KISS and AC/DC.

Kelly & Michael: 6-Year-Old YouTube Drummer Avery Molek

However, Avery did say he was prepared for the screaming fans that come with rock stardom. He said he does already have a girlfriend, Emily.

Molek said he got to meet Demi Lovato, who is following him on YouTube. He is currently performing in his Out of the Basement Tour.

Kelly and Michael: Top Teacher Search Semifinalists

The annual Top Teacher Search is back on Live! This is the fourth annual contest, and letters poured in from viewers across America. It turns out there are some great teachers working in our schools.

After going through the countless letters, Live! producers have narrowed the field to 12 semifinalists. You will have a chance to vote for your favorites. Here are the contenders:

  • Amanda O’Boyle, Bethel Regional HS, Bethel, AK
  • Suzette Steward, Cinco Ranch JHS, Katy, TX
  • John Rose, Coral Reef HS, Miami, FL
  • Erin Palonen, Griswold MS, Griswold, CT
  • Gary Duquette, Jackson Hole HS, Jackson, WY
  • Tracy Ivy, Minnetonka HS, Minnetonka, MN
  • Anthony Fuller, Olympic HS, Santa Monica, CA
  • Rick Zano, Princess Anne HS, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Stephanie Nash, Stonewall Jackson HS, Manassas, VA
  • Kathy Green, Summerville Elementary, Summerville, SC
  • Ann Marie Rooney, Ward Elementary, New Rochelle, NY
  • Eva Yourman, Grady Career & Technical HS, Brooklyn, NY

Is there a Top Teacher finalist from your state? Vote online through Kelly and Michael’s website. The five teachers who receive the most votes will get to come to New York for the show and a chance to be named Live’s Top Teacher.

Voting ends Monday, April 15 2013. The five finalists will be revealed on Tuesday, April 16. You can vote every day through Monday.


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