Watch a Great Shot-For-Shot Remake of Beyoncé’s “Countdown” Featuring Snuggies

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July 19 2012 3:22 PM

Did You See This? “Countdown” with Snuggies

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Still from YouTube.

Fan recreations of their favorite stars’ music videos are nothing new, but it’s not very often that they’re as engaging and spot-on as this young performer’s interpretation of Beyoncé’s visually stunning “Countdown.”

Wrapped, fabulously, in a Cookie Monster-blue Snuggie, the performer—who looks like he’s not quite out of high school—has crafted an impressive shot-for-shot remake of the pop star’s video. The editing (far superior to that of the average YouTube user) mimics the quick cuts, split-screen shots, and colorful assault of the original “Countdown,” transforming makeshift performance spaces like his basement into venues for visual splendor. And while he may not be able to hire a troupe of dancers to back him up, he can get one trusty friend to represent them all, by rolling around eagerly on the floor. His attention to detail is fascinating.

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Lest you accuse him of pulling a mere Gus Van Sant, note how his facial expressions and natural grace are enough to both emulate Beyoncé and make her moves his own. The diva herself seems to agree: As she wrote on her blog, “I think he did this video better than I did.”

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.