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Is one of the ladies in Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' video actually a man?

Beyonce video

Beyonce video

The rumor: One of the ladies dancing with Beyonce in the immensely popular "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" video is actually a dude.

The reality: "Single Ladies" has emerged as a major favorite of critics and fans, who praise its simple style (just three dancers in leotards) and a mesmerizing choreography that blends Bob Fosse moves with a jazzy dance club style called J-setting.

But the Internet buzz is that the more muscular of the two backup dancers is not a female, but is actually Beyonce's male choreographer JaQuel Knight.

There is no question that the lithe 19-year-old choreographer has the moves—he choreographed the dance—and he bears an uncanny facial resemblance to one of the dancers. Plus, both backup dancers are wearing Adam's apple-hiding turtlenecks. And what about that spoof on "Saturday Night Live" with three men playing Beyonce's dancers? Was it an inside joke?

Knowles' publicist Yvette Noel-Schure insists that the dancer in question is not Knight. Instead, she says, it's a woman named Ebony Williams (the other is Ashley Everett). "That's ridiculous," Noel-Schure said from her New York office. "There are three women in the video: Beyonce and two dancers who have been dancing with her for a while. ... I know JaQuel and, although he's good-looking, he could never look like those girls."

Or could he?

Related topic galleries: Beyonce, Dance, Bob Fosse

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