As the clip opens, the guys are introduced to their surprisingly foxy music video director. They proceed to pitch her three ideas for the video, lifted from three iconic boy band clips from the past.
The first video parodied, dubbed as “fun and quirky,” is NYSYNC’s puppet-themed clip for “Bye Bye Bye.” While The Wanted do their best to hang around like marionettes, the director tries to show them how to dance like puppets, leaving the crew unimpressed. Turns out, “she can’t sing; she can’t dance.”
Next up, going for a more “mature” video, the guys pitch BSB’s treatment from their “I Want It That Way” clip. Donned up in the video’s signature white outfits and blowing kisses to the camera like they are actually BSB, the guys might attempt to prove they want it that way, but she clearly doesn’t.
Finally, they pay homage to fellow U.K. boy banders Take That, playing off their rain-soaked, black-and-white clip for “Back For Good.” But that idea also doesn’t make the final cut.
In the end, after several attempts to embody the essences of these other bands, she has the right idea. She puts them in an empty warehouse, and strutting like Rihanna, she enters as the video vixen the video so needed all along.
“Walks Like Rihanna” is the lead single off The Wanted’s 2013 album release. The video was shot in L.A. before bandmate Nathan Sykes went on an “unforeseen hiatus” to recover from vocal cord surgery. In addition to getting fans hyped for new music, they will also premiere their new E! reality show, “The Wanted Life,” on June 2.
As it turns out, they are the second boy band in as many months to put their stamp on boy band videos. Big Time Rush also paid homage to male pop sensations in their clip for “Like Nobody’s Around.” Like The Wanted, they too reimagined “I Want It That Way” and “Bye Bye Bye,” but also kicked it even older school with parodies of The Temptations’ “My Girl,” The Jackson 5’s “ABC” and New Kids on the Block’s “You Got It (The Right Stuff).”