Although played by a man, the character is a woman. She is a tropical tango dancer. She wears a heavily fruit-designed outfit in yellow, orange and pink. It consists of a large hat that is made of various fruits, a bra top with short, feathery sleeves, a skirt with an orange paper fan, pink leggings, and pink platform heels. She resembles an old brazilian singer named Carmen Miranda.
The background starts with everything being in black and white, with crackling effects as if it were a old movie, before having its color restored in time with the music. The scene contains an archway formed by two pink palm trees that will flash in time with the music. with a pineapple emblem at the top. The archway is surrounded by piles of fruit, various grasses/ferns, and regular green palm trees, with the backdrop consisting of floral patterns. When the pre chorus starts, the canter of the archway will become a screen that displays the dancer in various poses. When the chorus starts, the entire scene will become a neon light show, with the archway now in front of a line of purple, flashing pineapples. The fruit pile will strobe with different colors, and the trees are now outlined with ever-changing colors. the backdrop will become black, and have a rainbow of lights cycling through. When the bridge starts, the scene will become black and white again, much like the beginning of the song. During the final chorus, the background will now have the addition of many fireworks setting off. The song ends with a big firework explosion going off behind the dancer as she strikes a pose.
There are 4 Gold Moves in the Classic routine. Gold Moves 1, 2 and 4: Shake your hands and lower your head backwards, as if you are singing. Gold Move 3: Throw your hands back and stomp your right foot twice.
As stated in the Behind the Track interview, the character was originally planned to be portrayed by an actual female dancer, but Mehdi's energy while coaching the dancer in question was what made the developers in-charge of the routine change their minds and have him as the dancer instead.
The fankit pack uploaded by Ubisoft on the official Just Dance website shows that the pictogram representing Gold Moves 1, 2 and 4 is named lafolle_sh, which can have two inappropriate meanings:
Folle means crazy in French, but it can also translate to fa**ot.
La follé translates to I f***ed her in Spanish.
On January 28, 2016, Drop the Mambo was free on Just Dance Now in celebration of Mardi Gras. However, it went back to being a VIP/Just Dance 2016 song pack exclusive on February 8th, 2016.
In Just Dance Now, the routine starts as soon as the loading screen fades away.
The song was played during the Grand Final of the Just Dance World Cup 2015.
In a Just Dance Class video where Mehdi teaches the moves in the chorus, it is revealed that the coach is named "Rita".
Thus, this is the seventh coach with a name that is not taken from a video game or a film: she is followed by "Frost Princess", "Magma Princess" and the Classic coaches from Circus.
On January 16, 2017, the routine for Drop the Mambo was been removed from the Just Dance 2016 tracklist for unknown reasons. However, it could still be played if the console is offline.. It has been restored back in the game on January 19, 2016.