If you’ve been on Twitter at any point in the past few nights you’ll have noticed something called #SingYourDialect trending on the website.
In a nutshell, the trend was essentially a huge Twitter Spaces event which reportedly had more than 150,000 people join on Monday evening, to basically just have a global karaoke event.
Anyone who was anyone was getting involved from Premier League football clubs, actor John Cena, TV presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, YouTuber KSI, rapper Lethal Bizzle, the Somalian Embassy and Nigel Farage all popping in to see what was going on.
There are also unconfirmed reports that former president Barack Obama was listening in to people’s renditions of tunes like Sweet Caroline, Waterloo and Robbie Williams’ Angels.
The gigantic group karaoke party returned on Tuesday night with West Ham and England footballer Declan Rice getting in on the action to sing a version of Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby except he changed the lyrics to ‘Rice Rice Baby’.
— Football For All (@FootballlForAll) November 23, 2021
All in all, this really isn’t that bad an effort from the 22-year-old midfielder and it’s fair to say that plenty of people were impressed.
Declan Rice’s #SingYourDialect by numbers:
100% lyric completion
10/10 on the Vibe-O-Meter
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 23, 2021
— chlo (@chlochella21) November 23, 2021
— Hugo 🅴 🇮🇹🇮🇹 (@HugoTHFC) November 23, 2021
Reece James scores against Juve in the Champions League but Declan Rice is closing in on him because he’s singing Rice Rice Baby on Spaces. 🤷🏼♀️😂 pic.twitter.com/PdkRT8ZHKs
— Kelly Cates (@KellyCates) November 23, 2021
Declan Rice is a world class footballer and just seems like a world class person. We are so blessed to have him at West Ham
— Fake Carlton (@_CarltonCole9) November 23, 2021
Rice, Rice baby 🎶 pic.twitter.com/GLTotXK3Xs
— England (@England) November 23, 2021
Even Rice himself had to have a chuckle.
Rice Rice Baby🎶😂 #singyourdialect
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) November 23, 2021
The entire craze was created by 18-year-old Jacob McLaughlin who started by first inviting just four friends only for the entire thing to blow, mostly thanks to football fans on Twitter.
Wow, another huge night. Great performances from @Chunkz and @_DeclanRice ♥️ . I was absolutely bricking myself before I did tonight’s space I can’t lie but twitter are trying to help Sunday go smoothly so see you all back here at 7pm Sunday ! ♥️ #singyourdialect
— jacob (@jacobbmc2) November 24, 2021
The new feature is basically a virtual hangout for people where the host has the power to let anyone join in and speak or, for this instance, sing. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, McLaughlin explained that he had seen another account try a similar thing but the host was only letting people sing if people followed them back.
“I see it as a celeb versus the people karaoke radio show,” said McLaughlin who is now planning to run the event on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays after 7pm “when everyone’s had their tea and they’re all winding down.”
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