Josiah Lemanski and Lydia Liza are turning their viral hit into a charity single. / Photo by Nate Ryan

Josiah Lemanski and Lydia Liza are turning their viral hit into a charity single. / Photo by Nate Ryan

The young Twin Cities musical couple that sparked a lot of web clicks and controversy with its do-gooder remake of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" got a warm reception on national TV last night.

ABC's "Nightline" ran a spotlight on Lydia Liza and Josiah Lemanski, who rewrote the 1944 holiday music staple to white-wash its sexually aggressive tone and promote consent. The latest in a string of national news coverage that has also included online reports from CNN, Time and People magazine, it coincided with the couple’s new recording of the song shooting to No. 1 on streaming giant Spotify’s Viral 50 chart Friday.

“We think in our generation the lyrics are read completely differently than they were originally intended,” Liza, 22, told “Nightline,” which used footage of the couple singing the song in the studio at 89.3 the Current in St. Paul.

As was recounted in our story a week ago, Liza and Lemanski reworked the song at home on a playful whim and never expected it to go viral. They recorded a studio version of the song last week, which they’re issuing through the St. Paul nonprofit Rock the Cause to benefit the Sexual Violence Center and National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. Rock the Cause also helped raise money for cancer from local teen Zach Sobiech's song “Clouds.”

Here’s the clip from “Nightline.”


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