Ellen DeGeneres never misses a beat when it comes to viral videos, and the afternoon talk show host has done it again. On her show Tuesday (Sept. 11), Ellen brought Psy out to teach Britney Spears his infamous “Gangnam Style” dance, and the results were predictably hilarious.
While chatting with “X Factor” judges Spears and Simon Cowell — Billboard’s current cover star — about the new season of their Fox reality show (which premieres Sept. 12), the comedic host brought up K-pop sensation Psy, who currently sits atop the Billboard Social 50.
Psy has been steadily rising to fame in the U.S. for the last month, ever since his “Gangnam Style” went viral and he signed with Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun. He recently danced with host Kevin Hart at the MTV Video Music Awards, and even Spears has tweeted about his hit video. “I am LOVING this video — so fun! Thinking that I should possibly learn the choreography. Anybody wanna teach me?” she wrote in August.
Ellen mentioned the tweet on while interviewing the pop star, before saying, “I’ve got somebody here to teach you that dance,” as Spears smiled and the audience cheered, “Psy, come on out!”
Psy danced out on to the stage, and attempted to teach both Ellen and Britney how to dance “Gangnam Style.” Sadly, Cowell decided to stay in his seat while the ladies learned the — as Psy called it — cheesy dance. The South Korean rapper instructed Spears and DeGeneres to “bounce like you are riding an invisible horse” as they tried to follow his leg and hand motions.
While dancing “Gangnam Style” isn’t easy to do, both women held their own. The most impressive part? That Britney managed to do the dance in six-inch nude pumps, a skill that Psy has yet to demonstrate.