Jimmy Fallon is trying to give the real masterminds behind all your favorite TikTok dances their due. On Monday, Fallon invited the creators behind a handful of mega-viral TikToks onto The Tonight Show to perform their dances and share a little bit about how they came up with their incredibly popular content.
The interviews come a week after Fallon received backlash for a segment featuring TikTok star Addison Rae. While on The Tonight Show promoting her new single “Obsessed,” Rae performed eight TikTok dances without giving proper credit to their creators, many of whom are Black or people of color. But on Monday night, Fallon gave the budding artists their chance to shine. “On our last show before break, we did a bit with Addison Rae, where she taught me eight viral TikTok dances,” Fallon said. “Now, we recognize the creators of those dances deserve to have their own spotlight, so right now, some of the creators will join me to talk about how their dance went viral, and then perform the dance themselves.”
Fallon spoke with “Up” dance creators Mya Nicole Johnson and Chris Cotter; “Corvette Corvette” creator Dorien Scott; “Laffy Taffy” remix rapper Fly Boy Fu and choreographer Indii; Adam Snyder, Nate Nale, and Greg Dahl behind the “Blinding Lights” shuffle; and finally the creator behind the iconic “Savage” dance, Keara Wilson. When asked what her favorite part of creating a viral sensation was, Wilson, who recently got engaged, said that “seeing [her] dance bring joy to people throughout quarantine was definitely the best part.” As for whether her fiancé shares her uncanny knack for choreography, Wilson said, “I’m gonna make up some cool dances, and he can’t really dance.” Best of luck to him.
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