Thursday, June 18, 2009

Who is Ken Lee?

I have a feeling that a lot of the readers of this blog are going to have the same shocking jolt of recognition I did when this young Bulgarian Idol contestant begins to sing. That's partly because I didn't even know Mariah Carey had covered the song in question.

Lest you think I'm being mean by posting this, read the bit of text that's below the video - but not before you watch the video.

*spoiler space*

I think it was 2/3 of the way through the first line that the almost alarming light of recognition went on in my brain.

I don't think Badfinger saw this coming.

I initially hesitated to post this because it did seem to be mocking a very young woman's ignorance. However, according to Wikipedia, Valentina Hasan, the woman in the video, has taken the whole thing with great good humour. When the popularity of the video on YouTube led to her being invited back to the Bulgarian Idol program, she accepted, and performed a much more accurate rendition of the song, good-humouredly singing the last verse in her original mangled phonetic English. She may as well enjoy the brief fame the episode will bring her - a Google search for her name returns 1,270,000 hits, and that's just in the Latin alphabet. A search for the Cyrillic spelling of her name, Валентина Хасан, turns up another 343,000.



Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

I, um. Well. I, uh.

I can't really think of anything to say, except that it's been a long time since I felt the pit of my stomach drop like that. And, if there's a mondegreen hall of fame, this absolutely must be there.

1:20 a.m.  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

the most fun with this was looking up the more recent you-tube with the improved English and THEN
finding one of a very young Mariah Carey singing the original song. ken lee witow yoo-too

4:42 a.m.  
Blogger Mog said...

You know, what I see written there in those subtitles is how I hear.

Mondegreen, I haven't heard that word before. I'm sure I will use it all the time now.

12:56 p.m.  

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