Jimmy Fallon is giving TikTok creators their time to shine. On Monday’s episode of Tonight’s Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the host virtually welcomed the creators of five viral TikTok dances to discuss their success and perform their routines.
The creators’ appearances came after Fallon. was criticized for having TikTok star Addison Rae perform the viral dances on the late-night show without giving credit to those who created them, many of whom are black.
“On our last show before the holidays, we did a little bit with Addison Rae, where she taught me eight viral TikTok dances,” said Fallon. “We recognize that the creators of those dances deserve to have their own spotlight, so right now some of the creators will join me in talking about how their dance went viral and then they will perform the dance themselves.”
The first were Mya Nicole Johnson and Chris Cotter, who created the viral dance to the song “Up” by Cardi B.
Cotter said he and Johnson decided to choreograph the song because they thought it had the “potential to go viral,” while Johnson recalled Cardi B’s support for them.
“That was really exciting,” he said. “He posted our video twice on his Instagram and then once on TikTok, so it was a great experience.”
YvnggPrince, who created the “Corvette Corvette” challenge, was next and spoke about his future hopes as a college student, actor, model, and dancer.
“I want to be a complete artist, an entertainer,” he said. “Will Smith and Kevin Hart, they’re, like, my inspirations. I love their journey.”
Fly Boy Fu, who created “Laffy Taffy (Remix)”, and Indii, who is responsible for the accompanying dance, appeared next, with the former revealing that he put the track into one take, and the latter sharing that she choreographed the dance in five minutes.
“I was surprised because I didn’t even expect it to go viral,” he admitted.
“Blinding Lights” dance creators MACDADDYZ said their love for The Weeknd inspired them to choreograph the viral dance.
“The foot movement, that was our favorite dance back then, so we put it there, added some hand movements, and it was just perfect,” they said.
The latest was Keara Wilson, who created Megan Thee Stallion’s mega-viral dance floor, “Savage.”
“It took me about 30 minutes to do the choreography because I kept changing the ending,” he told Fallon. “… I never expected it to explode like it did. Honestly, I did it for fun. Then I kept watching it grow.”
“Celebrities did it, little kids did it. It was for the best,” he continued. “Seeing my dance cheer people up during quarantine was definitely the best part.”
Before the Addison Rae controversy, ET spoke with Kaelyn Kastle, Kaychelle Dabney, and Queen Khamyra, members of the Atlanta-based Collab Crib, about being black creators on TikTok and the cultural appropriation they have witnessed on the platform.
“I understand that black creators are trendsetters in much of the content that is produced on TikTok,” Kastle said. “But at the same time, there is a way to get involved in someone’s culture without it becoming cultural appropriation … You want people to appreciate us, but at the same time, it’s a fine line. I think it’s more the educational background where they educate themselves before they can participate. ”
“Sometimes it gets into your mind [state] because you’re like, ‘Well damn,’ like you’re trying so hard and doing the exact same thing other people are doing, but for whatever reason, it seems like you’re being attacked or you’re being, like, hated or something, “added Dabney. . ” You cannot stop at the situation. You cannot punish yourself because you will get nowhere. So even though it sucks, the most we can do is work harder. “