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An odd 'Let It Be' cover hits the net: Huey Lewis, Lou Ferrigno, Tonya Harding, Ricki Lake, Leslie Nielsen, others gather to sing the Beatles

December 6, 2010 |  3:23 pm

We are always up for a good cover song, especially when it unites celebrities for a good cause.

But when it’s a bad cover song featuring yesterday's famous people, the results can be painstakingly awkward.

Some Norwegian television show had either the terribly brilliant or brilliantly terrible idea of enlisting a who’s who of yesteryear to lip-sync a Beatles song -- “Let It Be,” at that.

Following the "We Are the World" formula, folks we used to care about like Ricki Lake, Huey Lewis, Tonya Harding, Alfonso Ribeiro, Pamela Anderson and surviving Milli Vanilli member Fab Morvan -- along with a slew of others we don’t even care to mention -- lip-sync to a cover of the classic song recorded by Ferry Aid in 1987 (a British supergroup featuring Boy George and Paul McCartney, who took on the song for a different good cause).

The LOL-inducing clip is a promo for a Norwegian entertainment show, "Gylne Tider."

But the biggest question -- and it's not what happened to Ferrigno, since the clip answers that -- is whether this will turn out to be the final performance of funnyman Leslie Nielsen, who passed away last week. Gosh, we'd hate for the man to be remembered for this.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
twitter.com/gerrickkennedy

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