Who's The Backpack Kid From Katy Perry's 'Saturday Night Live' Performance? He's Winning The Internet
Katy Perry most definitely knows how to make a performance memorable. The pop singer was the musical guest on this weekend's season finale of Saturday Night Live, and during the performance of her new single, "Swish, Swish," she brought out models to help her dance along to the track. She also brought out a special guest, a teen wearing a backpack, who totally stole the show. And now, everyone is dying to know who Perry's SNL backpack kid is, because he's already winning the internet in a major way.
Backpack Kid first appeared as Perry performed "Swish, Swish" on a runway alongside a large group of models who she recruited to dance to the catchy electro-pop tune with her. Closer to the end of her performance, she was joined on stage by the kid, who spent the rest of the performance hilariously dancing while touting a deadpan expression. The dancer is Russell Horning, also known as Russell Got Barzz on Instagram, and he's actually pretty well known for his moves. The 15-year-old gained a load of popularity just a few months back, after Rihanna took to Instagram to celebrate her eight Grammy nominations by posting one of Russell's many videos of himself dancing. Since then, he's gained around 500,000 Instagram followers and many of his videos have gone viral.
Before the show aired, Horning shared a video of himself dancing on Instagram. In the clip, the teenager shows off the same dance moves as he did in the SNL performance, and even Perry attempts to join in on the fun before the two burst into laughter right before the video cuts off. Seeing as the pop singer clearly struggles to execute the move as well as Horning does, (I'll admit: it does appear to be a little tricky to pull off) he pokes a little fun at her in the video's caption. "When your mom tries to look cool @katyperry," he writes.
Though he didn't show up until the end, Backpack Kid was definitely the highlight of Saturday night's performance. Hopefully we'll see him on TV more in the future.