Willow Smith debuts new single '21st Century Girl' on 'Oprah'

Willow-Smith-OprahCelebrity-offspring royalty and pint-sized cutie Willow Smith showed up on Oprah today for the debut performance of her futuristic, synthy-delicious new single, “21st Century Girl.”

Just like when Willow went on Ellen last fall to perform her smash hit “Whip My Hair,” she proved to be quite the infectious, bubbly on-stage presence yet again—at a mere 10 years old. She’s 10, people! The same fun-loving, I’m-10-and-I’m-gonna-do-what-I-want attitude is still there. Personally, I find it hard to not love what this girl is serving up.

After watching this Oprah performance, does anyone else feel like Kids Incorporated should be revived with her at the helm? She’d be fantastic, methinks. Because videos from Oprah.com seem to be non-embeddable, you can catch the performance over on the daytime talk show’s website. But come back here to tell me if you liked it in the comments below.

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  • Jonathan

    I really like this. It’s not as catchy as Whip My Hair, and it sounds a little too much like Rihanna, but it’s still really solid. She’s only 10, so I can only imagine how much she will grow by the time she’s 18. Definitely has a lot of potential.

    • dtmason

      I like her, she is cute, can sing, dance, and is very animated just like her father was when he was a teen. I hope she has a long career along with her brother. Their parents are not just putting them out there they have talent.

    • Jethro

      Willow was a breath of fresh air, articulate, funny, mature beyond her age, and most importantly, modest. Wil and Jada did a great job keeping her grounded. She was freshing and hopefully will remain appreciative of what she has.

      I hope she continues to blossom and stay grounded.

      • Jethro

        OOOooops, “refreshing”

      • Cindee

        Amazing, so talented and DateATallGuy was perfect

  • warm fuzell

    I just showed my 9yr.old daughter your apperance on the Oprah show today.Your comments about what “Whipping ur hair” really meant to you….was right on time after being teased about her very short cropped hair.She is always told how beautiful she is by adults but, by children she is often stared at for being HER.So THANK YOU for your inspirational words.It was as tho you were speaking to her and her situation.

    Great job and I hope other parents will show their children your comments.

    I don’t twitter soo not sure if you will get this. I dont hv a teenager in my house to introduce me to that new fangle stuff.

    • Ld

      Not sure if you realize this, but writing a comment on ew.com directed at a celebrity does not actually accomplish much of anything. Get your daughter to send her a tweet perhaps.

  • Desmo

    What is the point of abortions if the right people aren’t having it?!

    • Jonathan

      You are an awful person. Why don’t you use all of that hate in your life for something productive?

    • stu

      oprahs last season is going down as her worst. who’s next on her couch..zsa zsa.

    • Roz

      That was very mean and hateful. Will say a prayer for you! She is just a kid.

    • kesa

      ure an ass!

      • nicole

        kanta brutal la otra rihana

    • whip it

      Desmo you have a right to not like the song but not to make such hateful and inflamatory comments. It was uncalled for and crass. If you thought you were being witty or funny you were anything but. If you are a kid stay off the site until you grow up enough to conduct yourself appropriatly. If you are an adult the same thing plus the comment that people like you are what is wrong with the country and why the term “ugly american” is still in use. Hopefully this site monitors posts and deletes yours

      • Ld

        He’s just trolling. Get over it.

  • Cyn

    Willow is so cute. All of Will and Jada’s kids are cute.

  • eli

    yuck. Such a boring rip off of so much other stuff, namely Lady Gaga – and all those effects on her voice? It’s a shame, really, that rich people are so indulged.

    • SatJ

      Because Lady Gaga is the epitome of originality?

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  • fancypants

    Her performance skills are mediocre. She’s no young Michael Jackson who was brilliant from birth, seemingly. I still love Whip My Hair, however.

  • Shannon

    Ok… I understand Will Smith likes to sign his kids up for Hollywood projects, but when is he going to sign them up for a childhood?

    • Susan Wright

      true! that kid is just a mini me of her mom and the push of her dad

  • anya

    Is she 10 or twentysomething?
    Like the fun music, but where is the 10 yr. old kid? She act too

  • sharon

    kappa-chow, mah damie!

  • dayshanae arnold

    shes awesome cant wait until she makes a CD cause im Getting it .TOTTALLY if i dont i will b very mad lol luvv u WILLOW !!!!!!!!!! YOU ROCK

  • Woohoo

    Haha yes bring kids incorporated back!!! I miss martika.. Is that her name? The one who did toy soldiers. Willow is a burst of youthful energy!! Love her

  • Lizbet

    Shannon is on point. The woman/child addressed Oprah as “gurl” and “baby”. There nothing cute about that. And every other child on that show had were much more talented and gifted. They just didn’t have parents with money and connections. Hope Oprah gives them the boost they need. Because her guest go-host surely does not need it. She was sooooooo phoney it became unbareable.

    • Shannon

      Thanks, Lizbet.
      Willow is a cute little girl and there are plenty of children that perform, but you can’t spend your childhood on stage. Little Ms. Smith can whip her hair back and forth all she wants. I’d just rather she did it on a swing set instead of our TV sets.

  • Diane

    I think Willow’s performance was good,but thought she was rude to Oprah. I do not think that it was appropriate for a nine year old to say girl or baby to an adult. It came off as disrespectful.

  • Perplexed

    Didn’t like her vibe at all. The kid comes off as obnoxious, full of herself, not cute, and simply looks like a prepubescent manufactured starlet. Her parents obviously endorse the behaviour (her brother is pretty much the same). It’s sad that this child talks about all of the ‘hard’ work of being a star and celebrity. Shouldn’t she be concerned with childhood? Her parents really should give both the kids a lesson in humility. Willa could learn a thing or two from the young violinist that was on the show.

    • Mike B

      That is how I see Jada too. The snooty attitude. She gets it from her parents. Look who my parents are. I’m great. 95% percent of kids today have no respect.

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