Viral Video: John Lennon Auditions for 'The Voice'

A new, almost-viral video (it hasn't quite reached 700,000 views at this point) is making the rounds. It shows former Beatle John Lennon — who died in 1980 — auditioning for The Voice.

The video, which was posted to YouTube on Monday, is edited to show Lennon performing his 1971 hit "Imagine" as the judges — Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton — react with bored stares, sighs and cringes. They go on to tell Lennon that his singing isn't quite good enough.

Perhaps the point the video is trying to make (if any) is that talent-search shows like The Voice and American Idol don't recognize quirky talent that doesn't fit the standard, cookie-cutter mold. They'd most likely skip over people like John Lennon and Bob Dylan, as the very end of the video suggests. Thoughts?

By the way, Lennon's performance of "Imagine" (which you can see here in its unadulterated form) is from 1975. It's one of his final live performances; he retired from music in the mid-'70s before making his comeback with Double Fantasy in 1980.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.