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Uploaded on Mar 30, 2008

"Ken Lee" (a hackneyed interpretation of the words "Can't live") is an interpretation of the popular song "Without You," performed by Valentina Hasan, a contestant auditioning for the Bulgarian show Music Idol in February 2008.

Before the performance, Hasan informed the judges she was going to be performing "the Mariah Carey song 'Ken Lee,'" and when she was corrected that the song was called "Without You," Hasan insisted that the song was named "Ken Lee." 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 both in Bulgaria and abroad. Hasan's extremely broken English (upon finishing the song, she insisted the garbled lyrics she sang were English words), 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 on a live show a few weeks later. By this time, Hasan 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 1.2 million views by the end of March 2008.

Hasan's interpretation inspired many people to create their own parodies and remixes of "Ken Lee," including house, disco, and karaoke-style performances.

Hasan explained to the Bulgarian media that she actually used to listen to the song "when she was 15," using a cassette recorder, and "sang it the way she felt it."

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