Viral videos of the week: Linda Martin, Steven Seagal and Leaving Cert tips

9 Jun 2013

Still from 'Steven Seagal .Chechen dancing.' by Ibrahim Chechen on YouTube

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features Linda Martin getting funky, Steven Seagal’s Chechen dance moves, tips on writing Leaving Cert essays, a baby-faced Beatles impersonator, Samuel L Jackson as Walter White, a rowdy goat with a smoking addiction, a parrot with a penchant for Psy, and a brief reprieve from the Game of Thrones ‘Red Wedding’.

About 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 500 years of video watched on Facebook every day, and more than 700 YouTube videos shared on Twitter each minute, ensuring there is always video trending on the web.

With so much video available for viewing, we take a look at some of the viral videos that have caught our eye this week.

Linda Martin performs ‘Get Lucky’ on Saturday Night Show

Last week we had footage from both The Late Late Show and The Graham Norton Show but, RTÉ One’s The Saturday Night Show – not to be outdone in the viral video charts – is responsible for this week’s chat show… eh… gem. Former Eurovision champ Linda Martin takes on the feel-good hit of the summer from Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams, and that man’s face at 1:13 sums up what we’re all feeling.


Uploaded: 2 June 2013

How to write a Leaving Cert essay

Okay, so this advice might come a bit late for those poor, tortured souls currently sitting the Leaving Cert exams countrywide, but, all the same, Irish vlogger Clisare’s writing tips for essays in English and as Gaeilge are worth a look.


Uploaded: 4 June 2013

‘Don’t Let Me Down’ by Diogo Mello

Just think, if your mother had filmed your cutest moments as a toddler and put them on YouTube, you might just have avoided the Leaving Cert altogether and gone on to live the life of a rock star. But that’s only if your home movies could compare with this one of wee Diogo Mello, just shy of two years old, performing a Beatles classic. Sing it with passion, Diogo!


Uploaded: 30 May 2013

Steven Seagal tries Chechen dancing

Nineties action hero Steven Seagal has recently been named the face of Russia’s Degtyaryov weapons factory. No doubt the arms-makers were won over by the martial arts-trained actor’s graceful dance moves, which he demonstrated while on a visit to Chechnya. Granted, Seagal’s interpretation of the lezginka, a traditional Chechen dance, is no Swan Lake – but we dare you to say that to his face.


Uploaded: 23 May2013

Parrot dancing to ‘Gangnam Style’

Moving on from a prancing manimal to a dancing animal, this parrot has really got the moves when it comes to Psy’s hit, ‘Gangnam Style’. We reckon he should be enlisted as a guest star in the South Korean rapper’s next music video.


Uploaded: 14 May 2013

Samuel L Jackson monologue from Breaking Bad

As if Walter White, the character played by Bryan Cranston in Breaking Bad, couldn’t be more bad ass, here we have Samuel L Jackson providing his interpretation of a speech Walter makes to his wife, Skyler, in season four, episode six. The monologue video was used to promote a campaign from the Alzheimer’s Association, for which Jackson helped to raise US$170,000 through a competition to win a luxury weekend and lunch with the man himself.


Uploaded: 5 June 2013

Goat wants a fag

This trouble-making goat must be hard up as, unable to afford a packet of smokes, he sets out to terrorise a local community for a nicotine fix. Warning; goats that smoke also use some NSFW language.


Uploaded: 29 May 2013

Game of Thrones theme a capella

And finally, if you’re still suffering from the shock of the ‘Red Wedding’ scenes from HBO’s Game of Thrones last week, ease yourself back in to the season finale with this a capella rendition of the fantasy TV show’s theme tune. Aaaaaah, that’s better.


Uploaded: 3 June 2013

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Elaine Burke is the editor of Silicon Republic