Even when the ancient Greeks competed in the nude, the actual Olympic Games were probably never this queer. But thanks to “I’m Ready,” Sam Smith’s latest music video with Demi Lovato, we can dream.
“It’s a cold night in my bed in the heat of the summer...”
The visuals in this video directed by Jora Frantzis are nothing short of stunning: Sweaty, genderqueer wrestlers and divers compete in erotic sequences, sporting stilettos, stockings, bustiers and heavy makeup.
“I’ve been waitin’ patiently for a beautiful lover...”
A track and field competition is literally a drag race, with Drag Race stars Valentina and Gigi Goode sprinting alongside a fabulously outfitted Smith to a Tik Tok finish line.
“He’s not a cheater, a believer...”
Androgynous athletes perform a choreographed dance on a wrestling floor, pinning their competition into a cloud of glitter before slowly undressing Smith.
“He’s a warm, warm-blooded achiever...”
Synchronized swimmers surround Lovato, then plunge into a pool.
“It’s a lonely night in my bed in the heat of the summer, oh!”
Gymnasts flip, twist and twirl as a choir joins our heroes, Smith and Lovato. They stand on pedestals adorned by rainbow ribbons and faux gold and green (?) medals, singing: “I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready... For someone to love me.”
As Rolling Stone reported, Smith announced on March 30th that they have decided to postpone their LP — and scrap the original title, “To Die For” — due to the coronavirus pandemic. Their message to fans is that the album will drop later this year with a new title, and until then, enjoy this new music video.
“I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready for someone to love me.”
After a month without sports, in lockdown, many of us all alone and without real human interaction... Aren’t we all?