Ed Sheeran usually keeps a low profile in his music videos (for “Sing,” he even let a lookalike puppet stand in for him), but in his latest clip, he takes centerstage, debuting a new look and some impressive moves with a new dance partner.
The “A Team” singer really brings his A-game in “Thinking Out Loud,” flawlessly executing a ballroom dance routine that looks like something out of a Dancing With the Stars finale. But “Thinking Out Loud,” which has received 2.7 million views in less than 24 hours, was actually choreographed by a team from another TV dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance: Emmy-winners Tabitha & Napoleon D’umo, aka “Nappytabs.”
And you may actually recognize the girl in the video, Brittany Cherry, from So You Think You Can Dance as well. While Brittany only made it to the top 20 of SYTYCD Season 10, she’s obviously come out a winner — not just sharing the spotlight in “Thinking Out Loud,” but also getting the opportunity to dance with Ed five hours a day, secretly training him for the video while she was on tour with him earlier this year.
It seems Ed’s more than 40 hours of dance training has paid off: Not only does he admirably and effortlessly keep up with Brittany, but he looks noticeably slimmer as he ditches his trademark shlubby hoodie for a natty, physique-flaunting waistcoat. Ed actually has shed 35 pounds in the past three months, although he recently told ET that that’s the result of cutting out beer… and replacing it with vodka, of course:
Incidentally, this isn’t the first Ed Sheeran video with So You Think You Can Dance ties. Ed’s last video, for “Don’t,” memorably starred SYTYCD Season 5 dynamo Phillip Chbeeb. That clip only featured a quick drive-by cameo from Ed himself, but now that we’ve seen what Ed can do on the dance floor, perhaps Phillip can teach Ed some hip-hop moves for Ed’s next video.