American Song Contest Country Rapper Ryan Charles Explains What ‘New Boot Goofin’ Really Means, Plus His Fashion Choices

American song contest premiered on March 21 to give viewers a taste of the United States takes the legendary from Europe Eurovision Song Contest, and the first episode was packed with unique singers from all walks of life. Eleven artists were featured from all 56 states and territories at the premiere, and one of them was Ryan Charles, who combines country and rap to represent Wyoming. Her performance of “New Boot Goofin'” was full of energy and all the western fashion choices anyone could imagine, but raised the question: what exactly does it mean to be “New Boot Goofin'” anyway? The writer and singer explained himself.

Like K-pop artist Alexa (who got good news from Snoop Dogg), Ryan Charles brought an iconic and unforgettable look to his performance, to the point that few people probably watched him and expected him to start rapping. According to Charles, this is actually one of her goals when it comes to choosing her wardrobe to launch “New Boot Goofin'” to the world. Speaking to the press after the American song contest first, he shared:

I just like to bring all the western fashion. I mean, it’s about the boots but I love wearing the buckle, I put on the turquoise, the rings, the bolo tie. You always see me in a bolo, and of course the hat brings it all together. So it’s kind of that western style that we all wear in Wyoming. And I love coming here with hip hop. Few people are going to think, ‘Oh, he’s going to be dressed like that.’ You think he’s gonna do a country song,” then I start doing my hip hop/rap song. And it kind of puts them on a loop and it’s been crazy.

Ryan Charles was the only one sporting the full “western fashion” look with the buckle, bolo tie and cowboy hat, but the backup dancers had their own boots to fit the song’s theme, and the stage was lined with shelves full of boots. But what does “New Boot Goofin'” mean, other than a few catchy lyrics that could easily get stuck in any listener’s head? The country rapper broke it down:

“New Boot Goofin” just received a pair of boots. It doesn’t have to be boots, but it is boots. It’s about getting the new boots, feeling good and feeling good. You just got them, you show them. And you’re just proud of who you are, and you just feel like yourself. You know, it’s about that confidence that something gives you, like a new pair of boots. And it’s just about being you and having fun. I mean, that’s mostly what it’s all about. It’s just having fun. “New Boot Goofin”, like, people ask me, is there a dance for “New Boot Goofin”? And I’m like, whatever you go out and hit on a regular night, that’s your “New Boot Goofin” right there.

For better or worseTikTok dances may have become trendy over the past couple of years (and the platform is part of the American song contest voting process), but Ryan Charles doesn’t have a specific type of dance in mind for his song. Still, a lot of people can probably get the “New Boot Goofin'” vibe if there’s something that gives them a lot of confidence, whether or not it’s a new pair of boots! He seemed quite confident after his performance, although Rhode Island’s Hueston is the only one currently guaranteed to move on.

In case you missed the American song contest premiere and need to see “New Boot Goofin'” for yourself, take a look:

The vote is closed for the first eleven interpreters of American song contest, and fans will find out the fate of ten other than Hueston when the show returns to NBC on Monday, March 28 at 8 p.m. ET. Hosts Kelly Clarkson (who has a lot of experience in singing competitions thank you first to american idol then like a successful coach on The voice) and Snoop Dogg (who also The voice experience like the mega mentor of season 20 join the coaches and drop some great one-liners) were clearly having fun when they premiered, so it should be interesting to see what happens next.

For more viewing options now and in the coming weeks, be sure to check out our 2022 TV Schedule. If you haven’t caught the American song contest premiering March 21, you can find it streaming with a Peacock subscription.

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