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3.5 million. This is the number of video views of Léane (16 years old, high school student), Melly (16 years old, high school student) and Wendy (21 years old, hairdresser), young walkers on stilts from the Landes de Mont-de-Marsan Lous Tchancayres, published on TikTok . Melly revealed the Rednex song ‘Cotton Eyed Joe’ while flipping through TikTok videos on her phone …

3.5 million. This is the number of video views of Léane (16 years old, high school student), Melly (16 years old, high school student) and Wendy (21 years old, hairdresser), young walkers on stilts from the Landes de Mont-de-Marsan Lous Tchancayres, published on TikTok . Melly discovered Rednex’s song “Cotton Eyed Joe” as she flipped through TikTok videos on her phone. It was clear to her, the song was dance, the young walkers on stilts had the material to record the video. Melly then contacted her friend Leana who was initially skeptical of the idea. Then she finally reassured herself.

Taking their friend Wendy with them, the teenagers then imagine the choreography. Melly stays behind the camera filming her friends while Léana and Wendy play their dance. They publish the video on the TikTok account of Lous Tchancayres and it is heard immediately. In a week, the video has already had a million views.

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For young girls, this success is completely unexpected. “TikTok account, at the base, was supposed to talk about the Lous Tchancayres group, it’s great what it does! “Leana explains. Wendy adds, “Then September 24th is the band’s 50th anniversary, so hopefully we’ll have people. We really made a party for us at the right time. The video was seen by Romanians, Poles, Italians, Canadians, Englishmen and many other nationalities. Landes stilts are internationally known today.

They were contacted by the production company for the video, and they have already appeared on the biggest French television channels.

So well known that the American media tried to buy the video. “We said there that we remained an association and that we did not want to get into these things,” said Christelle Perlot, president of Lous Tchancayres and Léane’s mother. They were also contacted by the production company for the video, and have already appeared on the biggest French television channels, from BFM TV to France 2.

Since the video was released on May 21, the life of a stilt walker has changed. A lady who was completely unknown to her recognized Wendy at the Grand Moun shopping center in Mont-de-Marsan: “Hey, but you’re a TikTok star on stilts! Between the words of their friends, family, teachers, and even strangers on social media, the world is constantly telling them about it.

Today, there are more than 15,000 following the adventures of Lous Tchancayres on TikTok, compared to about 300 before the video card. Twelve videos also exceeded the 10,000-view mark. Christelle Perlot is delighted with this success. “Our goal is to promote Landes folklore, so as soon as we talk a little about us and in a good way, it makes us happy. And then it’s great that young people get involved in associations, it’s less and less “, the president concludes.

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