Step aside, Ryan Reynolds and Drake, there are new Canadian icons in town. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the most decorated ice dancers in history, beat out some of your favourite world-famous Canadian musicians and actors to take home the online People’s Choice Award honour for “Most Hypeworthy Canadian.”
🇨🇦| The #PCAs moment you have all been waiting for…
— E! Online Canada (@EOnlineCanada) November 12, 2018
We’ve been saying for a while that Canadians are slowly, quietly and very politely taking over the world but who would have thought two skaters from Ilderton, Ontario would be the most hypeworthy Canadians in this year of 2018? This year, when competition was fierce between 6ix legend and Canada’s hype-man, Drake; Deadpool and Twitter icon, Ryan Reynolds; every teenage girl’s (or boy’s) dream heartthrob, Shawn Mendes; and Canada’s critically acclaimed Sandra Oh. Yes, all those Canadians have generated their own respective hype, but apparently the world is in love with Tessa and Scott. Really though, can you blame them?
Monday afternoon, Tessa tweeted her thanks to all those Canadians (and non-Canadians?) who voted for them. She also returned the honour by dubbing her and Scott’s supporters the “most hype-worthy fans.”
I’ve typed & deleted several captions now-none seem to properly articulate just how grateful we are for each & every one of those VOTES! Thank you for your continued belief in us & your passionate support. You all win the category of most hype-worthy fans ❤️🏆❤️ #PCAs pic.twitter.com/7WlDGIqi4I
— Tessa Virtue (@tessavirtue) November 12, 2018
While many Canadians have been all over the Virtue-Moir team since 2010 when they won their first Olympic gold medals (in Canada no less!), Americans (remember Leslie Jones’ reaction to our dynamic duo?) and the rest of the world seemed to really latch onto them this year after noticing their particular, um, chemistry.
Basically, Tessa and Scott gained mainstream international fame for being those Canadian ice dancers who are 100 percent, totally, undoubtedly in love. They even appeared on Ellen shortly after the Olympics and the host was mostly interested in finding out if the two are actually secretly married. They’re not.
But in the wise words of Ellen DeGeneres: “It’s totally your choice but you should be together.”
Tessa and Scott are currently on their post-Olympics (possibly retirement???) Thank You Canada Tour along with other Canadian skating greats including Patrick Chan and Elvis Stojko. The three-time Olympians have really tried to avoid any talk about whether they’ll compete in the 2022 Games, but we’re hoping spending all that time with Stojko, a four-time Olympian, will sway their decision.
In the meantime, we’ll just be here reliving the performance that won Canada gold in 2018 (and maybe made some of us cry. Maybe.).