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Mashup: 'Downton Abbey' gets its One Direction on

Get ready to be 'flabbergasted' as the aristocratic cast channels its inner boy-band

By Kenny Herzog Feb 20, 2013 10:28AM
If I could animate and narrate the above still image from "Downton Abbey," the esteemed Earl of Grantham would be rallying his kin-folk for a fierce battle of the bands with opposing English aristocracy. "We will do what everyone least expects: perform the most ubiquitous pop hit of the era with vigor and aplomb," he would implore. "That's right, "What Makes You Beautiful" by the singularly teen-tastic One Direction. Cora, you will commandeer Liam's vocals, and Lady Mary, you'll be responsible for replicating Zayn's undefinable panache. The rest of you ... fit in where you see fit, and make us proud."

"Downton Abbey" | One Direction

As it happens, British comedian and YouTube provocateur Richard Sandling intuited my wistful fantasy and has ostensibly made it real. So without further incantations of "Mama/Mama/Mama" where a classic "Nana/Nana/Nana" harmony once resided, we bring you Sandling's inspired (and much needed, for all those exhausted by Season 3's melodrama) mashup of the "Downton" cast doing cut-and-paste karaoke to 1D's "What Makes You Beautiful." It will most certainly leave you, and your hair, flabbergasted.

Feb 21, 2013 9:37AM
Feb 21, 2013 9:33AM

I love Downton Abby, It's probably my favorite show, and I think the clip was clever


Feb 21, 2013 9:32AM
Downton Abbey is proof that a lot of people out there in viewer land want dialogue, plot and good acting instead of smash ups, nudity and thin plot if any.  Love the quick take on the show and its all in good humor.  The only bad thing about Downton is waiting for the next series.
Feb 21, 2013 9:26AM
That was lame and a little annoying.
Feb 21, 2013 9:23AM
Downton Abby is a breath of fresh air. It keep you on the edge of your seat from the servants  to family you don't know who to like or dislike it keep  you wanting more and more. I  can't  wait for Season 4,5,6.....ect
Feb 21, 2013 9:18AM

its a great show, cant wait for season four


Feb 21, 2013 9:01AM
Wow!  How clever and creative!!  I never would have thought to do something like that, nor would I know how to. 
Feb 21, 2013 8:49AM

How in the world could ANYONE see this as disrespectful? I am a huge fan of Downton  Abbey and thought this was very funny! I enjoyed seeing it and honestly think that if the actors/actresses themselves were asked, they would have enjoyed it as well! Lighten up, people!


Feb 21, 2013 8:48AM
So they actually pay people to do this?  They should eliminate the position and use the money to help the homeless, or poor. Who is stupid enough to to have someone on the payroll for this.  It was a noval idea, but the finished product is crap.
Feb 21, 2013 8:34AM
Oh get off of it!  Don't let people believe that just because you're a Downton Abbey fan, you're so stoggie that you can't enjoy a bit of humor poked at a serious drama.  Perhaps if you recognized the song then this would be a bit of silly fun that would make you at least smile.  Perhaps you've all broken your funny bone.  Sad really. 
Feb 21, 2013 8:33AM
I am a huge Downton Abbey fan and I thought that was very clever and fun
Feb 21, 2013 8:18AM

Why disrespect a popular,serious, intellectual show with silliness just because you can.. Another case of too much time on your hands. 

Feb 21, 2013 8:06AM
What fun!!!  Thank You!!!!!!  Love, love love  it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 21, 2013 8:04AM
That was better, more entertaining, and enjoyable than season 3 was.  Thanks.
Feb 21, 2013 7:56AM

This is really stupid and not funny at all.

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