Right across the world, weddings still have the power to bring large families together. And a certain Hungarian bride could surely attest to that, as she was surrounded by her loved ones on her big day. However, when her eight siblings took to the dance floor, nobody could have imagined what would happen next.
From the build up through to the days themselves, weddings can be memorable for a wide variety of reasons. For the guests, for instance, it might be momentous seeing old friends or family members for the first time in years. Away from that, though, the ceremonies remain big highlights for all concerned, as the happy couples tie the knot.
And after a wedding ceremony, too, guests are normally invited to a reception, where they’re treated to food, drinks and – in most cases – speeches. At that point, a party usually follows, kick-started by the happy couple’s first dance together as husband and wife. For one specific Hungarian bride, however, her reception was defined by something completely different.
Fortunately for us, though, the entire event was captured on camera. Yes, the footage commences once the dance floor is cleared, and the guests – including the bride and groom – are gathered around in a circle. The couple are seated behind a row of friends and family, some of whom have their cameras and phones at the ready. And as the anticipation continues to build, the bride’s four brothers then take to the empty floor.
And as the audience surrounds them, three of the brothers drop down to one knee, with the fourth walking in just behind them. Few could’ve predicted what happened next, though. That’s because the Backstreet Boys’ classic “I Want It That Way” starts to play over the speakers, setting the scene for a mesmerizing moment.
Formed back in 1993, the Backstreet Boys are an incredibly popular American boy band, rising to fame throughout that decade. And some three years after they came together, the group released their first album, simply named Backstreet Boys. However, the record didn’t come out in the States at that time, and it only earned an international release.
Then the Backstreet Boys’ second album, titled Backstreet’s Back, got its international release in 1997. That same year, though, the band’s music finally hit the American album charts – albeit in an interesting way. You see, their first U.S. record was a compilation of the previous two international releases, with another version also hitting shelves some 12 months later.
From there, the Backstreet Boys released their third album, Millennium, in 1999. And the record was a big success, earning a number of Grammy nominations along the way. However, as the band worked to establish themselves as one of the hottest groups around, one of their tracks in particular stood out from all the rest.
The single “I Want It That Way” bagged three nominations at the Grammys, in fact, and also topped the charts in several different countries. For instance, the song was number one in places such as Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany during that period. And close to two decades on, the track is still incredibly popular, as proven by its inclusion at the Hungarian nuptials.
As the song begins in the video, then, three of the bride’s brothers remain in position on their knees, while the fourth starts to lip-sync the opening lyrics. And a few moments later, one of the other siblings rises to his feet and joins in. Dressed in black suits, the duo confidently set the scene before the two younger boys enter the fray.
Unlike their older siblings, the two young brothers are rocking sky blue tuxedos, standing out in their own way. When they eventually rise up, a dance routine begins, with the quartet hitting their marks in perfect sync. And as their performance goes on, the crowd continues to show their appreciation, cheering the boys’ every step.
Following some eye-catching moves, the brothers then form in the middle of the floor to finish their routine. And they each pull out a pair of sunglasses and strike one final pose in front of the bride as the song comes to a close. However, that definitely didn’t signal the end of the fun.
There’s certainly no let-up in the choreography. After hitting their last mark, you see, the brothers quickly leave the floor, with their four sisters taking over. And as they get into position, another song starts to play over the speakers, therefore signaling the next part of the routine. Unlike the previous track, though, “Tell Him” is a recording that has a long, storied history.
After all, Bert Berns wrote the song “Tell Her” back in the early 1960s, with singer Johnny Thunder singing the track in 1962. And that same year, a musician called Ed Townsend released his own version of the single, before a third cover arrived in the fall. However, this last performance had one big difference.
As performed by the American band The Exciters, the song was re-titled “Tell Him” at that point. And off the back of that, two more cover versions followed, from English artists Alma Cogan and Billie Davis. However, throughout the years, The Exciters’ rendition of the track has continued to stand the test of time.
Indeed, The Exciters’ version of “Tell Him” cropped up in a number of different films in the 1980s and ’90s, including The Big Chill. And in more recent times, the track has featured in movies such as 10 Cloverfield Lane and Monsters vs. Aliens. Meanwhile, the song was covered again in the musical TV show Glee, featuring in the fourth season.
So the Hungarian bride’s sisters opted for that version of “Tell Him” at the wedding. Much like their brothers before them, the quartet pull off their routine in perfect harmony, drawing another big response from the guests. And as they continue to dance, the bride is captured with a big smile on her face.
Meanwhile, the sisters continue to hit their various marks before the routine comes to an end, with the crowd cheering them on. What’s more, the four brothers then return to the dance floor for the next part of their performance. And while another track begins to play, they step things up with some pretty elaborate moves.
The bride’s brothers pull off the routine rather well, showcasing their fleet-footed skills in total unison. After wowing the wedding guests again, their performance comes to a close, with the bride still sporting a broad smile. And from there, the girls take to the floor once more, as Meghan Trainor’s song “Better When I’m Dancin’” starts to play.
Born in December 1993, Trainor released her self-titled debut album in 2009, before following that up with two more records in 2011. Some three years later, though, the singer broke out with her smash “All About That Bass,” which featured on the 2015 album Title. And later that year, she then started work on a new song.
In fact, Trainor wrote and performed “Better When I’m Dancin’,” which actually features on The Peanuts Movie soundtrack and was released in October 2015. The song saw massive success, going platinum in both America and Australia at that time. And since then, she’s sung the track live on programs such as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Meanwhile, as “Better When I’m Dancin’” plays over the speakers, the bride’s sisters begin their next routine. The quartet line up and perform their dance flawlessly, remaining in sync with one another throughout the song. With big smiles on their faces, they continue to draw a great reaction as the routine progresses.
From there, the sisters bring their dance to a close, striking one final pose to Trainor’s tune. However, their work is far from done, as they get into formation for the finale. And just then, an Indian track titled “Radha” starts to play, marking a big shift from the previous music choices.
But where did the song come from? Well, back in 2012 Bollywood movie Student of the Year came out in India, starring the likes of Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. The soundtrack was provided by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani, and “Radha,” as performed by singer Shreya Ghoshal, was one of the songs to appear in the film.
With the enchanted wedding guests watching on, the four sisters form a line on the dance floor as the track plays over the speakers. At that point, they start the routine, perfectly moving in sync. However, the dance really kicks into gear when their brothers join them, bringing the bride’s eight siblings together.
The group then performs an elaborate routine that showcases their impressive dance skills, before the brothers depart again. From there, the sisters continue to hit their marks, drawing a big response from the crowd. As the song goes on, their four siblings come back with some more moves, which signals the next part of the dance.
Indeed, the bride’s sisters then leave the dance floor, with the brothers taking center stage once more. Much like before, they pull off their moves brilliantly and provoke a rapturous reaction from the wedding guests, ahead of the final bit of the routine. At this stage, the boys then invite their siblings back up.
With all eight siblings on the dance floor again, they perform some more eye-catching moves in front of the bride. From there, the brothers then drop down to one knee while holding their sisters’ hands, bringing the routine to a close. And unsurprisingly, their efforts drew a hugely positive response from the guests at the end.
The siblings then enjoy a standing ovation, with the bride herself showing plenty of emotion alongside her husband. The brothers and sisters then head over to her amidst the cheering, which results in another warm moment. Furthermore, both she and the groom embrace them in a huge group hug, showing their appreciation.
Ádám Réthy, one of the bride’s brothers, subsequently uploaded the impressive video to YouTube in September 2018. And in the video’s description, he gave some insight into the hard work that went into pulling the dances off. On that note, Réthy then made a surprising admission about their preparation.
“This surprise dance was performed [at] a wedding by the eight siblings of the bride,” Réthy wrote on YouTube. “To answer some further questions, we are from Hungary, and we learned it [on] our own.” Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time that a large family has come together and devised a routine for a sibling’s special day.
You see, back in November 2014, Kishan Kotecha uploaded his very own similar video onto YouTube. And much like Réthy, he provided some interesting information about the routine, which was showcased at their sister’s wedding. Incredibly, though, the seven brothers faced a race against time as they mapped everything out.
“We seven brothers surprised our dear sister at her wedding reception with this epic dance routine,” Kotecha wrote on YouTube. “With only six hours of rehearsals, we put it together and put on a great show for her. The youngest brother is 15 years old and the eldest is 46 years old.”
Kotecha’s routine was certainly elaborate, with the brothers performing a number of different moves to some ever-changing music. From a remix of Elton John’s “Circle of Life” to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” the siblings hit their marks with no trouble. And at the end of the dance, the men invited the impressed bride up for the encore, leaving her in tears.
Meanwhile, the video really resonated with online users, as people flocked to watch the heartwarming scenes. Since being uploaded, in fact, Kotecha’s post has earned over 17 million views and more than 70,000 likes on YouTube. In addition to that, the dance also generated close to 4,000 comments, most of which applauded the thoughtful familial gesture.
For his part, Réthy’s post is yet to reach those kind of numbers, but it has still been incredibly popular online. That’s right: the YouTube video has earned close to five million views and over 70,000 likes following its upload in September 2018. Alongside that, the routine has garnered more than 1,000 comments as well.
“Oh my God this was amazing,” wrote one YouTube user in the comments section of Réthy’s video. “I dunno why, but from a mother’s view this got me emotional to see how much love is in that room.” And another online user shared the same sentiments, summing up their feelings rather succinctly.
“Freakin’ awesome,” the user wrote in the YouTube comment section. “Eight siblings showing their love. Beautiful effort, great song selection and love the mood.” Meanwhile, one more person showered the family’s work with praise, paying close attention to the efforts of Réthy’s younger brothers in particular. They wrote, “This was amazing.”
“Especially how well the younger boys remembered [the routine],” the user continued. “This was the best surprise wedding dance I’ve ever seen.” As the video continued to grow in popularity, Réthy returned when the clip hit a significant milestone. On that note, he then left a heartfelt message in the comments section himself.
“Wow guys, 50,000 [views]!?” Réthy wrote. “When we uploaded [this] for fun, we thought it’s not even gonna reach 1,000 [views]. Thanks for the supportive, heartwarming comments, and now we are waiting for any engagement of our siblings so we can prepare a new surprise dance.”