Back Dorm Boys

Back Dorm Boys

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Added Dec 03, 2009 at 06:16PM EST by Brad.

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About

Back Dorm Boys (后舍男生) is a series of humorous lip-dub videos created by two Chinese university students who gained internet fame for their lip-dub videos set to a variety of American and Chinese pop songs. Some of their most well-known Western covers include songs by Back Street Boys, Jessica Simpson and Black Eyed Peas. Since rising to fame in 2005, the two graduates of Guangzhou Arts Institute have become well-known celebrities in China. Their most famous video, As Long as You Love Me by Back Street Boys have received over 10 million views on Youtube alone.

The Back Dorm Boys consists of Wei Wei (韋煒) and Huang Yixin (黃藝馨), sometimes accompanied by a third “member” Xiao Jing (肖靜) who is often seen playing Counter Strike in the background, and occasionally joins in with the lip dubbing.

Origin

Using a low-resolution web cam in their college dorm room, Wei Wei (韋煒) and Huang Yixin (黃藝馨) recorded themselves lip dubbing to Back Street Boy’s I Want It That Way in January 2005. The video was initially uploaded and shared within the local network on campus, but quickly spread across the Chinese web and beyond as it was an instant hit among the students.

Rise to Fame

After gaining unexpected fame, Back Dorm Boys were interviewed by several major websites and newspapers such as Sina China. They are often compared to 芙蓉姐姐, another internet celebrity that was famous at the same time. After graduating in 2006, they have done several advertisements with Motorola and Pepsi. In 2008, they starred in an original comedy film which received funding from Hollywood.

Parodies

The Back Dorm Boys phenomenon spawned a variety of parodies and imitations from around the world, including attempts by non-speakers to lip-sync to the Chinese lyrics in their videos.

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