#DuetWithMe was Malaysia’s top video challenge of 2018, according to social video app TikTok

In the #DuetWithMe challenge, users sing, dance or act alongside celebrities, loved ones or even videos of themselves via a splitscreen.
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It appears teenage Malaysians really enjoy making duet videos.

According to a ranking released on Monday (Dec 17) by social video app TikTok, #DuetWithMe was Malaysia’s biggest trending video challenge in 2018, with the#RaindropChallenge and #DinoRoar challenge coming in second and third place respectively.

TikTok, which lets users create and share 15-second videos of themselves singing and dancing, is extremely popular among teenage users. On TikTok, people often film themselves doing certain tasks, which are called “challenges”.

These challenges can result in hundreds or thousands of iteration videos.

In the #DuetWithMe challenge, users sing, dance or act alongside celebrities, loved ones or even videos of themselves, using the splitscreen recording function in the TikTok app.

Meanwhile, the #RainDropChallenge involves users coordinating their hand movements to the movement of digitally-rendered falling rain on the screen. When they hold up their hand, the rain stops and becomes digital raindrops.

This challenge was also popular in the Philippines and Vietnam, TikTok said.

For #dinoroar, users applied a dinosaur filter to the video, which resulted in a velociraptor appearing on the screen. They then filmed their reactions to the dinosaur.

The fourth most popular challenge was #PumpLikeThat, which features users bopping to a beat, while in fifth place was #DidiDance, which also featured users dancing and popping their hips to music.



TikTok was merged with fellow video app Musical.ly after Chinese parent company ByteDance acquired the latter for US$1 billion in 2017, Slate reported.

TikTok was one of the most downloaded apps globally in early 2018, the company told Business Insider. It currently has well over 8 million downloads on Google Play.

And much like Youtube or Instagram, TikTok users can also be catapulted into online fame. The top global stars of 2018 were American singer Baby Ariel (whose real name is Ariel Rebecca Martin) with 30 million followers, followed by Vine star Zachary King and American DJ Marshmello, whose real name is Christopher Comstock.

The top Malaysian TikTok star was actress Janna Nick – who has 403,000 followers – followed by singer Baby Shima (real name Nor Ashima Ramli), and television host Danny Koo, who goes by the handle @Danny_AhBoy.

Rounding out the top five was singer Aiman Tino and actress Wawa Zainal.

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