TikTok trend explained: Grace Kelly challenge

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There are plenty of talented musicians, singers and actors on TikTok — and the Grace Kelly challenge certainly gives them an opportunity to show of their talents.

In a sub-trend that was already doing the rounds on TikTok, showing users harmonising with themselves using computer software, one user's rendition of Grace Kelly by Mika has captivated TikTokers, promoting them to try it themselves.

Three screenshots from TikTok showing people doing the challenge. Source: TikTok
The Grace Kelly Challenge has TikTokers showing off their pipes. Source: TikTok

Where does the trend come from?

The Grace Kelly trend involved users harmonising to the 2007 song Grace Kelly by Mika, trying to reach the high note that comes towards the end of the song.

The trend has also taken a turn, with singer/songwriter Sarah Cothran recording a version that users have taken to use in the backgrounds when they tell stories.

What does the trend involve? 

Users sing the chorus of the song in different pitches: "I could be brown, I could be blue, I could be violet sky, I could be hurtful, I could be purple, I could be anything you like."

They then overlap it with different parts of the song as it progresses in different pitches.

Users move up the scale, gradually getting higher until they try and reach the high note at the end of the song.

Biggest videos of the trend so far

Even Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell jumped on the challenge, captioning their video: "Late to the Grace Kelly trend but way early for our movie musical", in reference to Spirited, a Christmas musical film the two made together.

The Grace Kelly challenge hashtag on TikTok has over 26.5 million views so far, with some of the most-watched videos clocking in with around 4 million views.

Why is the trend so popular?

If you are a singer looking for a challenge then it's the perfect time to show off your range.

And if not — don't worry, a trend to show off your strengths is out there somewhere! 

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