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Saturday 23 August 2014

Antrim Grammar School's Gangnam Style spoof gains rave reviews

A Northern Ireland school's parody of Psy's smash-hit Gangnam Style music video has attracted praise from around the world.

The tongue-in-cheek Antrim Grammar School video which features song and dance performances from pupils and teachers has already attracted more than 40,000 views since it was first posted on December 7.

With Gangnam Style being the most viewed video on YouTube ever, it seems the phenomenal success of the Psy (below) song is rubbing off, much to the delight of school principal Stephen Black.

“The popularity of this video is unprecedented and we are absolutely delighted with the response.

“I received an email from the principal of a school in Dubai who had watched the video and thought it was brilliant,” Mr Black said.

He explained the video, which is aimed at attracting primary seven pupils to the school, was the brainchild of geography teacher Bronagh Lavery, while the lyrics were written by year 13 pupil Steven Fletcher and sung to the original Gangnam Style tune by student Bryce Allen.

Ms Lavery explained how she came up with the idea for the video.

“This all came about when we were discussing how to showcase the school in a positive light to the young people we want to attract to Antrim Grammar School.

“With Gangnam Style being the most watched video of all time on YouTube, I thought that this would be an excellent way to not only promote the school, but to involve all of the pupils and the teachers,” she said.

It seems the video is already having the desired result, with Lauren Johnson commenting on YouTube that it has helped her decide what school to go to.

She said: “This is amazing, the guy at 3:18 is my hero!! Absolute legend, he puts so much emotion into it, this is fantastic. I'm moving to Antrim Grammar because of this.”

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