Mariposa's Paul Vasquez, of 'Double Rainbow' fame, up for People's Choice Award

11/10/2010 8:16 PM

12/16/2010 12:00 PM

Update: Vasquez said in an e-mail that he's "beyond excitement." He's planning to attend the awards ceremony in January, and he has already written his acceptance speech.

Vasquez says he's also working with a television production company, hoping to develop a reality show based on his life. The show would focus on his farm, his weight-loss efforts through cagefighting and martial arts, and the people around him and Yosemite. 

"It's not a done deal yet but I have a feeling it's going to happen," he said.

Finally, a high school in Iceland raised money for Vasquez to visit. He leaves on Monday. Wonder how he'll react to those Northern Lights.


Earlier: You probably remember Mariposa's Paul Vasquez. He's the guy behind this summer's infamous "Double Rainbow" YouTube video, which prompted a handful of talk show appearances for Vasquez and an opportunity to film a commercial for Microsoft

Now he's up for a People's Choice Award. Double Rainbow is one of five videos in contention for the "Favorite Viral Video Star" category in the 37th Annual People's Choice Awards. Other nominees include "Grayson Chance 'Paparazzi'," "Madison Square Park Proposal," "'Single Ladies' Devastation" and "Tarp Surfing."  

If video views had anything to do with it, Vasquez would be the clear winner. His Double Rainbow video has 20 million views--the other videos in his award category have a few million apiece.

Online voting for the People's Choice Award began on Tuesday. The awards will be televised on CBS on Jan. 5.


I've e-mailed Vasquez to get his response and I'll update this post if and when he replies.

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