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What If Penn State Figures Lip-Synced Your Favorite Songs?

Ever wondered what it would be like to be serenaded by Sue Paterno or Eric Barron? There’s no need to leave that up to your imagination anymore thanks to a fun app called “Wombo.”

Wombo generates an AI-powered video that moves a person in a photo so they look like they are singing and dancing along to a song.

Recently, these lip-synced videos have been gaining popularity on Twitter, where users have been using photos of themselves or photos of celebrities to make them sing songs like “Funkytown,” “YMCA,” and more. Although the list of song choices is limited, the options are still pretty good.

Naturally, we decided to put some Penn State figures up on center stage with the app, and we were not disappointed.

The Nittany Lion

As weird as it seems, the Nittany Lion gives off the same vibes as Shrek. Don’t believe me? You can totally see it when the Nittany Lion sings “All-Star” by Smash Mouth.

Eric Barron

Yup, you just got Rick Rolled by Eric Barron. Very presidential of him. He did it during a speech, too.

Sue Paterno

Sue Paterno is a queen, so it’s only fair that she gets to sing the absolute bop that “Every Time We Touch” by Cascada is. She looks so happy, and it’s a given that she would have the stage presence of a classic pop star.

The JoePa Statue

Well, isn’t that ironic. And no, we’re not talking about Alanis Morissette. The JoePa statue was taken, regardless of what the statue itself had to say about it.

Ali Krieger

Penn State soccer legend and U.S. Women’s National Team defender Ali Krieger made a trip back to Happy Valley a few years back, and she sang “Numa Numa” by O-Zone in front of a crowd of fans at Jeffrey Field.

Saquon Barkley

Saquon was ready to belt out some Gloria Gaynor, and boy did he do it well. What a performance! That random event in Beaver Stadium with those two sports teams wasn’t why all those fans were there. They were actually there to hear Barkley’s rendition of “I Will Survive.”

James Franklin

James Franklin might have the best lip sync of them all. He put his all into “YMCA” and even had a microphone so everyone at the football press conference could hear him. The dancing: superb. The enthusiasm: out of this world.

Backward Hat Matt

Our managing editor, Matt DiSanto, just had to be added to the compilation. Backward Hat Matt has confidence like no other and energy greater than that of the sun. Enjoy, folks.


One can only hope that this group of stars will get together for a lip sync battle in the Bryce Jordan Center sometime soon. But for now, you can download the Wombo app to make a lip-sync video of your own.

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Mackenna Yount

Mackenna is a junior food science major from Manitou Springs, Colorado, and is one of Onward State's associate editors. She loves food, is addicted to coffee, and can give you random facts or bad jokes that you didn't ask for. Ask her to bake gluten-free goodies so she has an excuse to try out new cupcake flavors. Mackenna can be contacted via Twitter @mackennayount (especially if you want to show off your best dad jokes) or you can shoot her an email at [email protected].

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