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Valentina Hasan

Valentina Hasan

Valentina Hasan


Ken Lee ("Can't live") is a garbled interpretation of the song Without You, performed by Valentina Hasan (Bulgarian: Валентина Хасан), a contestant auditioning for the Bulgarian show Music Idol in February 2008. Just prior to her audition for Music Idol (the Bulgarian equivalent of Pop Idol and American Idol) Hasan informed the judges she intended to perform "the Mariah Carey song 'Ken Lee,'". When she was corrected that the song was called "Without You," Hasan said 'No. Read more on Last.fm
Ken Lee ("Can't live") is a garbled interpretation of the song Without You, performed by Valentina Hasan (Bulgarian: Валентина Хасан), a contestant auditioning for the Bulgarian show Music Idol in February 2008. Just prior to her audition for Music Idol (the Bulgarian equivalent of Pop Idol and American Idol) Hasan informed the judges she intended to perform "the Mariah Carey song 'Ken Lee,'". When she was corrected that the song was called "Without You," Hasan said 'No. It could be, I am not sure'. In the fan montages circulating in the internet, her performance was intercut with footage of an actual performance by Mariah Carey for ironic comparison.

When she was asked what language was the song, she mentioned it was 'English' which she doesn't speak well. Although she did not continue to the next round of the competition, a video of her performance was soon posted on the web where it became popular in Bulgaria and abroad. Hasan's extremely broken English, coupled with her yet undeveloped singing abilities, combined to great comic effect, and garnered the video over four million viewings in its first month on the video sharing website YouTube. The popularity of the video encouraged Music Idol producers to invite Hasan back to sing the song live a few weeks later. By this time, Hasan had had more training with the English lyrics, made fewer errors, and poked fun at her own interpretation by singing the final verse in her original style.

This video was also posted to YouTube and received over 8.5 million views by the first half of April 2008. Hasan's interpretation inspired many people to create their own parodies and remixes of "Ken Lee," including house, disco, and karaoke-style performances. In an interview, Hasan explained to the Bulgarian media that that she had no knowledge of English. She had just learned the song by heart and by ear, by listening to it repeatedly on a cassette recorder, and "sang it the way she felt it." Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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