More than 8 million people have watched Austynn and Josh Samarco whip and nae nae on YouTube.
The father-daughter duo from Bakersfield have become national sensations with “Watch Me,” one of the hottest hits of the summer by American rapper Silento.
When 12-year-old Austynn asked her dad to join in on the dance, it never crossed her mind the video would go viral.
“We like making videos just for fun and this was just another video,” she said. “I still can’t believe it went viral.”
Within a week of posting the video on Facebook, it had been shared more than 600,000 times and had more than 2 million views.
What caught the attention of so many – including the producers at “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” – was the cowboy dad doing the stanky leg, superman and just letting his inner hip-hop rhythm out.
“I had never even heard the song before,” Josh said. “But I like to think I know how to dance hip-hop.”
The Samarcos appeared on “The Ellen Show” in September and didn’t know they would be performing live on national television.
Austynn said she assumed she was going to meet Ellen and that would be about it.
But little did Austynn and Josh know they’d be getting their groove on with Silento singing live on the show.
“It was crazy,” Austynn said, still a bit star shocked. “That was honestly the best day of my life.”
And the surprises kept on coming.
Justin Bieber – Austynn’s idol – appeared from behind the curtains with a bouquet of white flowers and even asked Austynn for tips on how to whip and nae nae.
Since their appearance on “The Ellen Show,” the Samarcos have been spotted by people around town, like some sort of local celebrities.
Just the other day, Austynn was stopped by a young girl who recognized her from the show and asked to have her picture taken with Austynn.
“I was so happy because that had never happened to me,” she said.
The entertainment has continued since their “Watch Me” video boom.
Their most recent video “Hit The Quan,” by iHeart Memphis, has appeared on “The Ellen Show.”
When asked what the plan moving forward is, Josh said it was to make videos for the “hottest” songs on the radio and just have fun with each new dance.
But for both father and daughter, there is more to it than the views and followers on Facebook or YouTube.
The memories they are making are priceless.
“The best part of it all is the bond that we get to share when we dance,” Austynn said.