Watch This Little Girl Win Over Jodi Benson With Her Amazing Voice

Jodi Benson TikTok

Jodi Benson, the original voice actress of Princess Ariel in Disney’s animated The Little Mermaid (1989), is an active TikToker! So far, she’s posted about a dozen videos on her account, and they all stay true to her Disney fanbase.

In January, she posted an adorable duet of her reacting to a little girl singing her heart out to Benson’s classic “Part of Your World.”


#duet with @shelby_kimberly #disney you have such an amazing voice Olive!!! I hope I can sing with you someday! ❤️🧜‍♀️

♬ original sound – Shelby

The little girl’s name is Olive, and she puts some real passion into her performance! Olive is dressed like Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog (2009), and her mother, Shelby, is proudly recording. Despite not quite being able to pronounce all the lyrics, Olive shows that she knows the song and lets her voice shine.

Jodi Benson is noticeably surprised as Olive grounds herself and sings, “I want more.” In the stitch, Benson reacts, “Oh my gosh, what a voice!” In the original video, Shelby interjects excitedly, and Olive hilariously shushes her – she’s clearly not done performing.

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Jodi Benson TikTok

Jodi Benson

The awe-inspiring part, and something that usually marks a more mature singer, is Olive’s use of vibrato! Vibrato is the quick fluctuation between two close musical pitches that create a richer sound, and Olive is nailing it. Benson is impressed, and Olive’s mother is surprised!

Not only is Olive’s voice impressing the original Little Mermaid, but her dancing and acting are winning over the rest of the internet as well. Boy, is she “SICK of swimming!” Olive hits that last note and Benson says, “Unbelievable.”

Shelby was overjoyed that the video made it all the way to Benson saying, “This is amazing! I just showed this to Olive. I wish you could have seen her face – she’s in awe that the real Ariel saw her sing. We [love] you.” Jodi Benson replied, “Olive is just incredible! Wow! What a voice! Just love this so much.”

Jodi Benson Ariel


Other commenters were touched that Benson, a Disney legend, took the time to make the video and connect with a young Disney fan. Olive no doubt has a big future ahead of her, and she has Jodi Benson’s support! Sometimes the internet is so good!

Fans are looking forward to the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, starring Halle Bailey as Ariel.

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!