Simu Liu definitely showed up and showed out as the host of Sunday night’s JUNO awards.
But one moment from the show had fans pleasantly surprised, overjoyed and brimming with South Asian pride.
Hitesh Sharma, also known as Tesher, is a singer from Saskatchewan who melds different genres of music like hip-hop, reggaeton, salsa, and Bhangra into his songs. He took to the JUNOs stage last night to perform his hit single “Jalebi Baby.”
The performance started with Tesher and his backup dancers until Liu burst onto the stage just in time for the chorus.
What a performance!
— CBC Music (@CBCMusic) May 16, 2022
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Fans shared their reactions online.
“Simu Liu dancing Bhangra with Tesher was not on my 2022 bingo card,” said one Twitter user.
simu liu dancing bhangra with tesher was not on my 2022 bingo card,,,, pic.twitter.com/3yycfWaPdM
— HEAD BINSUNGER IS GONNA SEE SKZ ✘ (@ghostingscb) May 16, 2022
— Anuja V 🏳️🌈 (@Anuja_V) May 16, 2022
Many people of South Asian heritage were excited to see all of this representation.
— Baljit S (@Baljit_S26) May 16, 2022
Simu Liu’s ‘I Am Canadian’ speech was great…but him doing back-up on Tesher’s ‘Jalebi Baby’ was even better. Now that’s Canadian #Junos
— Nav Nanwa (@NavNanwa) May 16, 2022
Others added that it’s the perfect way to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. Liu even ended the performance saying, “now, that’s how we celebrate Asian Heritage Month!”
Tesher and Simu Liu performing Jalebi Baby together? Bilal Baig and Andrew Phung presenting Album of the Year? And during Asian Heritage Month?! We absolutely love to see it 🙌
— Mehek Seyid (@whatthemehek) May 16, 2022
And just like what this person tweeted, the video is the Monday motivation we all needed.
— Alisa is a Kdrama & Bollywood Lover (@BollywoodNewbie) May 16, 2022