Earlier this year their Eurovision 2020 song “Uno” became the most-watched video ever on the official Eurovision YouTube channel, overtaking 2018 champ “Toy” from Netta. And now Russia’s Little Big have another huge accolade: their song will appear on the global music video game Just Dance 2021.
The Russian band join some esteemed company. Of the three other Eurovision songs that have been featured in the rhythm game, all three won the song contest: Netta’s 2018 smash hit “Toy”, Lena’s 2010 winner “Satellite”, and ABBA’s 1974 entry “Waterloo”.
Eurovision 2011 artist Stella Mwangi — the queen of Norwegian rap and hip-hop — made the 2019 version of game with her song “Not Your Ordinary”, which was not a Eurovision entry.
The inclusion of “Uno” marks Little Big’s second time on the game. They featured in last year’s edition for their 2018 song “Skibidi”.
Just Dance 2021 features Little Big’s “Uno”
Just Dance is one of the biggest video games out there. First published in 2009, it’s named after Lady Gaga’s well-known hit single. Each year a new version of the game comes out with new dance choreography for users to pop and lock with. It includes some of the most recent hits, along with all-time classics.
As you’d expect, the choreography includes the band’s signature moves from the music video, which, at the time of writing, has been viewed more than 155 million times. The animated characters in the Just Dance rendering repeatedly bring their knees together, as if they’re trying to squash an angry mosquito, and there are also simple limp-wrist hand motions which you’ll recognise from Little Big’s backing vocalists.
Naturally, the video game makers had to draw on the antics of Little Big’s bearded dancer in a velour track suit. Just as he took inspiration from some moves seen in martial arts, there are several poses here that smack of Karate Kid.
The song, which is instantly memorable and loop-able, seems perfectly suited for a video game that seeks to encourage repeat plays and which focuses on music that helps keep people moving.
Do you think the song’s selection is another good sign of its mass market appeal and how it might have fared at Eurovision? Are you going to be burning the calories (and wearing down your living room carpet!) to Just Dance 2021? Shout it out below!