Ed Sheeran being harshly rejected by dance guru Arlene Phillips, before his rise to fame, has been revealed in an unearthed video clip. The singer-songwriter, 29, is unrecognisable in the footage - apart from his bright red head of hair - as he tries to impress the choreographer in a bid to win a part on ITV musical series Britannia High, which aired back in 2008. Teenager Ed can be seen attempting to showcase his best dance moves in the awkward clip - which was captured as part of a behind-the-scenes special - to Justin Timberlake's hit Like I Love You. In the bid to bag the best cast for the show a judging panel, headed up by Arlene, scouted for talent at the UK's top-performing arts schools.
Ed's world-class singing ability bowled over the judges but his dancing left more to be desired. Not holding back as she critiques Ed in the clip, Arlene tells her fellow judges: "Not even an option. Eventually we are going to have to find some people who can dance because they can't all not dance."
She'd previously told: "We are looking for triple threats; they've got to be able to sing, dance, and act. They've got to be stars."
The crew ask Ed how he thought it went and acknowledging it was not his best moment, he grins as he says: "I'm just trying to really get it in my head… I think I messed up as I got kicked in the face by accident."
The footage shows Ed trying to impress the choreographer in a bid to win a part on ITV musical series Britannia High that aired back in 2008 Reflecting on not winning a role on the series - that was a flop after one series - the red-head continues: "I don't think anyone can say they didn't want the part and weren't hoping to get the part, everyone wanted it as much as the next person."
A few years later Ed became a star on his own when he released his first extended play in 2011. He has since won a number of accolades and manages to earn millions - despite the father-of-one ' going into early retirement’.
The talented writer is said to have made $95 million thanks to his 2017-2019 Divide Tour as well as earnings from his music – including his collaborative album, No.6 Collaborations Project featuring fellow musicians including Eminem, 50 Cent and Justin Bieber. Profits were so lucrative, it is reported that Ed made $271,955 per day in 2019 thanks to fans stumping up cash to see him live and to buy his music.
The Sun claimed in December 2020 to have seen documents filed at Companies House revealing Ed made his millions through his touring company and his recording company. The paper stated that he banked $65 million through his recording company and over $50 million through his Nathan Cable Touring company.