It could be categorized as the song of the summer, but even without that title, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s track “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber has been mega successful in the United States. The song was a hit in Spanish-speaking countries long before it made it’s way here, but the Biebs took on the project and the whole thing blew up. He sounds sexy and seriously incredible while belting out the Spanish lyrics on the record.
But, as fans have come to find out, he can’t really speak Spanish nor can he sing the song live. It’s important to note that the lyrics are actually super tricky even for a native Spanish speaker. Luis has backed Bieber up on this one, saying, “Listen, ‘laberinto’ and ‘manuscrito’ are big words for us Spanish speakers. So imagine for someone who doesn’t speak Spanish?”
The level of difficulty, however, has not stopped other artists in the biz from trying their hand at the song. From Demi Lovato to Asher Angel to BTS, these celebrities struggle in their own ways when trying to sing the song — even when they sound otherwise flawless.
Of course, we must give everyone credit since this is no easy feat. But we’re thinking we should leave the live version of the Spanish lyrics in “Despacito” to Luis and Daddy Yankee.
Click through the gallery and check out all of your favorite artists trying to sing Justin’s Spanish verse in “Despacito”!