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Katy Perry’s Backpack Dancer Stole The Show During Her Saturday Night Live Performance

Music videos have been a staple in the music industry since MTV was born. It was this display of art and creativity inherent in these videos that would either enhance or demote the music. Sometimes it would be weird and creepy and on other occasions, it would be solemn and romantic. But in a kind of roundabout way, music videos are slowly decreasing in popularity and concerts have become the new norm. That’s why performances outdoors, at a private event or on a live television show are so intriguing to fans.


When Katy Perry made a guest appearance on the season finale of Saturday Night Live along with potential 2020 presidential candidate, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, many fans expected her to be the highlight of the musical performance.

If not those two aforementioned superstars then certainly Alec Baldwin or the beautiful Scarlett Johansson. But it was a young boy, dubbed ‘The Backpack Kid’ who stole the show and within hours became a viral sensation. He was seen surrounded by a crowd of dancers while showing off some pretty simplistic yet effective moves.

The 15-year-old was dancing right next to Katy Perry as she was performing her song ‘Swish Swish.’

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Russell Horning, who is from Georgia, was actually discovered by Katy Perry herself on Instagram where he has compiled over 500,000 followers (before his viral-ness hit on social media!)

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In an interview, he said that he decided to wear a backpack because he ‘thought it was cool and wanted to see if anyone would react to it.’

Russell has also said that performing with Katy Perry was ‘super nerve-wracking.’ He continued on by saying that ‘if you mess up on live TV, you can’t come back from that.’ Backstage, Katy Perry tried to emulate some of Russell’s moves but he decided that they were sort of sub-par by captioning the video: ‘when your mom tries to be cool.’

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