What would happen if John Lennon performed a blind audition for The Voice? Now I’m not saying that the four person panel of Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Usher, and Shakira wouldn’t recognize talent if it bit ’em in the…um…elbow but then again maybe that’s exactly what I’m saying.
Or at least it’s what the makers of this hilarious new video posted Monday are saying. You have to check out this hilarious footage of what happens during 34-year old John Lennon’s The Voice performance of “Imagine.”
That peace and love stuff still don’t cut it in Oklahoma. Blake Shelton calls him out for lyrics “that seem a little too dramatic to me.”
Usher clearly has better things to do with his time.
Adam Levine ain’t gonna come right out and say he’s bored off his rear end, so he mumbles that, “It was a little bit subdued, a LITTLE bit.”
Shakira thinks John Lennon’s voice stinks, although she too doesn’t have the courage of her convictions. Instead of pushing that button, she offers a few coaching tips on how he can improve.
Oh, and I like how the video is cut to make it appear that Lennon is actually humoring the lady. In real life, he wasn’t particularly well-known for suffering fools all that gladly.
All in all, it’s comedy gold.
Stay with it until the end, when a second popular 1960s talent appears that the four The Voice judges are absolutely, positively guaranteed to hate even more.
Even though I’m laughing all the way, I think the video makes a serious point. These shows don’t find the raw, honest talent that changes the world.
In my humble opinion, they find pop talent that means very little at the end of the day to anybody or anything except the lucky winner’s bank account.
I think I might agree with a disgusted YouTube commenter who said in profane language that the premise was unbelievable, because the likes of John Lennon wouldn’t audition for The Voice.
[John Lennnon, Yoko Ono Amsterdam hotel bed-in protest photo courtesy Netherlands Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief via Wikimedia]