By this point, you may know who Addison Rae is… And even if you don’t have TikTok, you probably cannot help but know who Charli D’Amelio is, thanks to her own cold brew at Dunkin’ Donuts, her family’s upcoming Hulu reality series, and 112 million TikTok followers all at the tender age of 16.
But you probably couldn’t name most, if any, of the teens or young adults who created, choreographed and originated the dances on TikTok that helped make Rae and D’Amelio famous.
If that reminds you of Bring It On, that’s because life sometimes does imitate art, imitating life (and numerous of users on Twitter have made the same comparison).
It didn’t help things when Fallon invited the 20-year-old Rae onto The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon two weeks ago to “teach” him their TikTok dances, igniting a backlash. In case you wiped the memory clean, here’s what that looked like.
Fallon, for his part, tried to make amends for overlooking the real TikTok stars last night (April 5) on his show.
“On our last show before break, we did a bit with Addison Rae, where she taught me eight viral TikTok dances,” he 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.”
The segment featured the creators of five of the eight dances, though all of them talked and danced via satellite from inside their homes, instead of in the 30 Rock studio, as Rae had.
Mya Nicole Johnson (618,000 TikTok followers) and Chris Cotter (160,300 followers), collaborating from Houston, showed off their “UP” dance, based on the Cardi B song, which got the singer’s attention. “That was really exciting. She posted our video two times on her Instagram and then once on TikTok, so that was a great experience.” Johnson told Fallon.
Dorien Scott (1 million followers), the Philadelphia-based creator of the “Corvette Corvette” dance, told Fallon he’s also a gymnast, and wants to play Miles Morales in a Spider-Man movie.
Indii (215,300 followers) demonstrated her “Laffy Taffy” moves to the remix from Fly Boy Fu.
Adam Snyder, Nate Nale, and Greg Dahl (40,000 followers), creators of the “Blinding Lights” challenge, revealed themselves to be three roommates at Immaculata University outside of Philadelphia.
And Keara Wilson (2.4 million followers) reminisced about how she figured out her choreography to Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage” in about a half-hour. “I would have to say seeing my dance bring joy to people throughout quarantine was definitely the best part,” Wilson told Fallon.
Rae, meanwhile, who has 79.3 million TikTok followers now, also got to sing her own new single, “Obsessed,” on Fallon. Netflix is cashing in on Rae’s social-media fame, too, casting her to star in the reboot of She’s All That, called He’s All That.
New York Post