You know, Rick Astley and Ed Sheeran have a lot in common: They’re both red-headed English pop stars, and they’re both on tour… And actually, that’s about where the similarities end. I mean, Astley is old enough to be Sheeran’s dad, and I also noticed his hair isn’t so red anymore. OH! But they both enjoy a good game of Jenga from the looks of it.
Of course, you know Astley for the same reason everybody else does these days: Because someone sent you a link and said “Check out this cool video!” and you clicked it and were whisked away to this:
Not to say that’s not a cool video, but after your thousandth time seeing it, the thrill kinda wears off. Although, that being said, there are some fun remixes of it out there… Like this one:
And actually, recently on tour, someone threw a trenchcoat up on stage when Astley started performing that song and he actually grabbed it and put it on:
But I digress…
As for Sheeran, well… If you listen to Fresh Radio and don’t know who Ed Sheeran is, I’m not sure how to help you with that.
Anyway, Magic Radio in London brought the two together for a friendly game of Jenga. There’s a fun twist too, since each of the blocks has a question for one to pose to the other which gives this video a whole other dimension. We’re not just watching these two awkwardly play Jenga in silence, we’re learning about them as it happens and they’re learning about each other. Seems like a pretty cool concept, so who will make the tower topple? Watch on and find out:
Right off the bat, I noticed more than one Jenga faux-pas. According to the Jenga Official Rules, these guys broke two of the rules:
- 1) You must take a block from a lower level and place it on top. I noticed that they were just taking the blocks off and setting them on the table beside the tower. Not adding to the top makes the game less challenging as there’s less at the top to potentially topple over
- 2) Only one hand may be touching the tower at a time. I like that Astley even checked with Sheeran to find out if he was allowed to use both hands, and Sheeran said “Yeah. You are, right?” Nope, sorry guys, you’re not.
Beyond that, it was nice to watch famous people who are about as good at Jenga as I am, and learn a little about both of them at the same time.