Declan Rice, Micah Richards & Barack Obama: How Twitter Spaces Are Uniting Stars

One small karaoke-based idea has turned into world’s biggest collection of stars
12:23, 24 Nov 2021

There’s no doubt that Declan Rice is a character. His declaration of never having drunk a pint of beer was the talk of the town during the Euros as he lined up having his first if England won the final, but it wasn’t meant to be. But on Tuesday night, as many of you will have seen either live on Twitter or later on, he stepped up to sing ‘Rice Rice Baby’ to 55,000 people from around the world.

For those who might not yet know, Twitter Spaces are the little purple blobs you’ll see at the top of your phone when you first log in on the app, and it’s basically having an audio platform, where you can be a speaker or listener to a crowd of however many people have joined. Anyone is welcome to join a Twitter Space via the invite link that you’ll see on your feed as a purple box with the name of ‘#SingYourDialect’ and the host controls who is able to speak, with each being limited to 13 speakers. Twitter themselves have been slowly rolling out this feature and it became available to all Twitter uses as of October.

In the last two days, we’ve seen the emergence of #SingYourDialect, a new Twitter Spaces karaoke get-together for the masses that only began on Monday night. When you first join, you’ll notice the large amount of verified accounts, including but not limited to, every Premier League football club, BBC Sport, Rylan Clark-Neal, the EFL, Declan Rice, Micah Richards, Jamie Carragher, Barack Obama, KSI, Lethal Bizzle, Laura Woods, Kelly Cates, Zinedine Zidane and plenty more. 

The Twitterverse has had some iconic nights in the last few years, from the night of World War Three back in early 2020 to the announcement of the European Super League causing absolute chaos on the timeline, but this is the next wave, described by FIFA YouTuber, Danny Aarons as ‘The greatest night in Twitter history.’ 

The creator of the Celebrity vs the People Karaoke show, 18-year-old Jacob McLaughlin from Manchester, said his favourite moment was "Shrewsbury Town singing Abba while Barack Obama was listening."

McLaughlin also added that the shows going forward will be on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays around 7pm, "when everyone has had their tea and is winding down." However, Tuesday’s edition was a special chance for Declan Rice to show off his pipes to over 50,000 people.

We’ll see you there in the next one...

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