Lip Sync Herstory: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Robyn's 'Call Your Girlfriend'

Heji Shin


After seven queens sashayed into the workroom for the premiere episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 12, the question that later came to everyone's mind was how the remaining six queens would compare to their peers.

As with the premiere, episode two challenged the queens to work together right off the bat to create and deliver a scene-stealing Fosse-inspired performance on the main stage.

Milwaukee beauty Jaida Essence Hall and now-disqualified camp queen Sherry Pie excelled despite butting heads in rehearsals, and were named the top two queens of the week. Instead of anyone going home, though, Jaida Essence Hall and Sherry Pie were pitted against each other in a lip-sync for the win.

With Swedish pop princess Robyn as the guest judge for the episode, it only made sense for the queens to lip-sync to one of her songs. Since “Dancing on My Own” remains one of the show’s most emotional lip-syncs to this day, Robyn’s 2011 single “Call Your Girlfriend” was chosen for the latest showdown. Ultimately, Jaida Essence Hall snatched the win with her balance of drama and dance.

In honor of the latest Drag Race lip-sync, here are a few things you might not have known about Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend."

The music video was filmed in one continuous take

It takes an insane amount of talent, skill and planning to be able to film anything in one take; music videos specifically are among the most difficult to pull this off for, given the amount of synchronization needed to match the visual with the song. Of course, given how talented of an artist Robyn is, she makes dancing and singing along to “Call Your Girlfriend” on a soundstage for three minutes straight look easy and effortless. 

Fans think “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Dancing on My Own” are about the same night

With both “Call Your Girlfriend” and “Dancing on My Own” centered around breakups, it’s easy to draw a connection between the two tunes. According to one fan theory, that’s exactly the case: The two songs are about the same night from different perspectives. In “Call Your Girlfriend,” the narrator pleads with her new lover to call his girlfriend and let her know they’re done; the story of “Dancing on My Own,” then, is told by the girlfriend upon seeing the new couple dancing together. 

The producer behind the song has worked with pop divas such as Britney Spears

Klas Åhlund is the man behind the music for some of pop’s biggest stars. The Swedish producer has worked with Robyn for 15 years, and produced a large chunk of her self-titled and Body Talk albums. He’s co-written hits such as Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me,” leaving his indelible mark on some of pop’s biggest songs. Some of the other electro-pop goddesses he’s worked with include Charli XCX, Ellie Goulding, and fellow Swede Tove Lo

The song was nominated for a Grammy -- and lost to Skrillex

In the early 2010s, electronic dance music was at the height of its popularity, with artists such as Zedd and Skrillex racking up Grammy wins for best dance recording. “Call Your Girlfriend” was nominated for the award in 2012, making it her second nomination in the category after “Dancing on My Own” the year before, but she ultimately lost out to Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.”

Some Saturday Night Live cast members love the song 

The cast members of Saturday Night Live aren't afraid of poking fun at themselves to make others laugh. Taran Killam, for example, is a self-proclaimed Robyn fan, as evidenced by a viral video of him copying her dance moves from the video while behind the scenes at SNL at the time of the song’s release. Killam's not the only alum from the sketch comedy show who loves the track: When Emma Stone appeared with former SNL star Maya Rudolph on the latter's short-lived variety show Maya & Marty, the pair delivered a breathtaking a capella cover of the song, based on another viral cover by Swedish pop group Erato. 


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