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Unlike “Harlem Shake” and the phenominal Psy hit “Gangnam Style,” there’s no official music video for “Gwiyomi” since it was released as a digital single.
Jung Il Hoon of of the KPop male group BTOB was the first to perform it on television.
The following video, uploaded by YouTube user “nss9280nss9280” on March 27, 2013, is the most popular among hundreds of memes, garnering over 1.3 million hits in just a week.
In the Philippines, the “Gwiyomi” song began to go viral when actor and television host Vice Ganda introduced the “Kiyomi” Dance Craze on ABS-CBN’s noontime variety show “It’s Showtime” on April 4.
Since then, Filipinos have started to create and share their own memes online and are expected to catch up with the number of uploads by other Asians.
Vice Ganda’s version became so popular it caught the attention of Dara (Sandara Park), member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1.
@vicegandako hi vice! I wanna see your version of gwiyomi! Sobrang gwiyomi mo kasi~ napanood ko ung movie mo :)
— Sandara Park (@krungy21) April 4, 2013
The “Kiyomi” Dance Craze has overtaken the widely criticized “Harlem Shake.”