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The Back Dorm Boys

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The Resume

    (2005- )
    Born in Guangzhou, China
    Sculpture students at Guangzhou Arts Institute
    Wei Wei (usually seated on the right in videos) and Huan Xi Yin (on the left)
    Became an internet phenomenon after posting videos of themselves lip-synching songs by the Backstreet Boys
    Added other performers to their lip-sync repertoire
    Recorded the single 'O Yi O Yi A' (2007)
    Received mainstream media attention in the US through 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Why they might be annoying:

    They ranked #4 on Cracked.com's 'Most Obnoxious Memes to Escape the Web.'
    Even their roommate, Xiao Jing, became famous, despite spending most of their videos with his back to the camera, playing Counter-Strike.
    Their first videos were low quality and grainy.
    They were signed as spokespeople for Motorola cell phones and became hosts for Motorola's on-line lip-syncing contests.
    They also signed contracts with Pepsi, the Chinese internet portal Sina.com and the talent agency Taihe Rye.
    They won an award for 'best podcast' that happened to be presented by their employers, Sina.com.

Why they might not be annoying:

    They originally posted the videos to the college intranet to entertain their friends.
    Jessica Simpson posted a link to their video for 'A Public Affair' on her website.
    Heroes referenced them in a scene of two young Asian men wearing Houston Rockets jerseys singing 'I Want It That Way' in a karaoke bar.
    Asked to explain their success, they said, 'The secret is enjoy yourself and do what you like.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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Year In Review:

    For 2021, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 10 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 11 Votes: 45.45% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 3 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 27 Votes: 55.56% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 16 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 18 Votes: 72.22% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 18 Votes: 72.22% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 57 Votes: 64.91% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 91 Votes: 68.13% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 47 Votes: 76.60% Annoying