Crocodiles Cops Barf
Although Ella Henderson didn't take home the title in the 2012 season of the U.K.'s 'X Factor,' the up-and-coming pop star isn't letting 6th place stand in the way of her success.
The 19-year-old's full-length studio album, Chapter One , debuted at No. 11 in the U.S., while her first single 'Ghost,' currently sits at the No. 22 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
'A lot of people think I've gone through this horrendous relationship or bad heartbreak,' she told MTV News.
'When I sat down with Ryan, he asked, 'If there's one thing you want to say to the world or show the world, what would that be?' By this point, I was just saying to him how frustrated I was at the fact that I had taken two years of writing and a lot of traveling in the U.K. and America -- writing my album -- but I still felt like I hadn't found my first single.
'I said, 'I can't eat, I can't sleep, it's just really annoying me that I can't get this song.' And he said, 'Yeah, it's like you're bring haunted by a ghost or something.' And that's how it came about.'
Ella shot the music video in New Orleans shortly after recording the track. A fan of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' she was inspired to create a mini-movie that told the song's story.
'I was like the narrator of this scary and spooky story and it was set in the swamps, in a spooky hotel. It was amazing -- we even had cop cars on set. It was really cool,' she explained.
It wasn't just the police making a special appearance on set. Both a bout of vomit and wild gators paid Ella a visit as well while creating this vid.
'The guy that's being chased by the cops, you think he's bad the whole way through the video. He got that into his character...that he threw up on set and we had to calm him down a bit because I think he thought he really was a convict or something,' Ella said.
'The girl that throws herself into the river -- first of all, we had a dummy because that was actually set in the swamps, so there was real alligators and crocodiles in there. And we tried the dummies a couple of times, and every time it fell into the water, it was like, oh that looks a little too fake, you know. And then she just turned around and was like, 'No, no, it's cool as long as someone could just quickly run and just grab me out of the water, I'm cool with that,'
'People risking their lives for a music video.'