Animal Crossing Selena Gomez Concert Surprises Fans on Twitch

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Fans tuning in to Gary Whitta's virtual talk show ANIMAL TALKING were in for a surprise last night — they got to see a surprise Animal Crossing Selena Gomez concert.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is, of course, Nintendo's smash hit game on the Nintendo Switch where players get indebted to the most adorable of loan sharks as they start a new life on a tropical island. The game has been wildly popular — understandably so, considering how so many of us are stuck at home — and one man took that opportunity to create a virtual talk show.

Let's get right to it: check out the surprise Animal Crossing Selena Gomez concert on Gary Whitta's ANIMAL TALKING on Twitch (starting at 0:33):

The pop star was joined by Trevor Daniel singing their new track "Past Life." As this is a virtual show, neither Selena Gomez nor Trevor Daniel actually appeared on screen; rather, they were represented by their Animal Crossing: New Horizons avatars.

Garry Whitta has been running his show ANIMAL TALKING for the last three months or so. Past guests have included Penny Arcade's Jerry Holkins & Mike Krahulik, T-Pain, and Tim Schaefer.

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"How did this happen?" Gary Whitta asked Selena Gomez in disbelief. "How are you here? This makes no sense. You are legitimately a super-duper famous person and this is the dumbest show. I- I- I- I have no idea how we got you, I'm just so glad that you're here."

"Look, I have money," Gomez jokingly replied, laughing. "I'm just kidding. No, no. Everyone is talking about this. It's so fun. All my friends play [Animal Crossing: New Horizons.]"

Selena Gomez went on to explain that she thought it would be fun to be a guest on ANIMAL TALKING and that her sister would particularly like it. Interestingly, she didn't have her own avatar to bring to the show; rather, Gary Whitta's wife created the character to Gomez's specifications.

The realities of the coronavirus pandemic have necessitated changes in all walks of life, especially entertainment; pretty much every major talk show has shifted to a virtual model. ANIMAL TALKING has smartly combined that model with the growing popularity of Animal Crossing: New Horizons — we're sure to see even more surprises in the weeks to come.

What do you think of the Animal Crossing Selena Gomez concert? Do you think a show like ANIMAL TALKING will have long-term appeal? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs – I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!

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