The Wanted reenact classic boy band videos in their “Walks Like Rihanna” clip.
In our heads, The Wanted‘s “Walks Like Rihanna” video (the lead single off The Wanted’s upcoming 2013 album) would either be an “America’s Next Top Model”-style competition to find the next professional “Rihanna Walker,” OR it would be a montage of 10,000 actual Rihannas traipsing around the city. Well, we hate to disappoint, but the boys finally released their “Walks Like Rihanna” video last night, and neither of our scenarios panned out. And even though we were bummed that Rihanna didn’t show up for a cameo, we had absolutely NO problem seeing The Wanted re-enact iconic scenes from other famous boy band videos! Meaning, if you’ve ever wondered what The Wanted would look like dressed up like the Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC, then today’s your lucky day.
Watch The Wanted’s “Walks Like Rihanna” video after the jump.
At the top of the clip, the boys meet a way-too-hot director who pitches them a few ideas for their forthcoming video. Unfortunately the director’s video ideas are a bit recycled, but fortunately for us, that means we get to see The Wanted re-enact the marionette scene from *NSYNC‘s “Bye Bye Bye” and the all-white-everything scene from The Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way.” Finally, the guys pay tribute to their earliest U.K. boy band predecessors by frolicking in the rain à la Take That‘s “Back For Good.” It’s basically a boy band-palooza up in here, and “Walks Like Rihanna” is guaranteed to either make you feel VERY young (aka you have no clue why The Wanted are dangling like puppets) or VERY old (aka you can’t believe anyone WOULDN’T know why The Wanted are dangling like puppets).
Photo credit: Universal Music Group