Justin Bieber might sound like he’s fluent in Spanish — or, at the very least, like he studied the language for a couple years in high school — on Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” remix, but a couple recent live performances prove that’s far from true. In fact, the “What Do You Mean?” singer had difficulty remembering the Spanish lyrics he sang on the track’s studio version.
In one fan-shot video from earlier this week, Bieber sings along to a recording of “Despacito” but once he reaches the chorus, sung in Spanish, he starts improvising. “Blah blah blah blah blah,” he repeats mockingly before sticking the microphone into the audience for some help. At a show the next night, though, he gets a bit more creative: “I don’t know the words so I say ‘pocito,'” he seems to say, referencing the Spanish word for “little.” “I don’t know the words so I say, ‘Dorito,'” he continues. He also jokingly replaces some lyrics with “burrito,” affirming that Bieber should not venture into a career in stand-up comedy — or a career in Spanish-language music, for that matter.
Hear the burrito-free version of “Despacito” above, check out EW’s playlist of other songs like it here, and study the lyrics for yourself here — they might come in handy the next time you’re at a Bieber show.