A contestant on South African talent show Idols SA has delivered what might be the definitive version of a much-loved classic.
When Linda Sosibo approached the four judges at the auditions in Durban he was warned by judge Randall Abrahams not to perform anything they had heard before.
And he did not disappoint.
With no backing, Sosibo launched into an inventive reworking of Happy Birthday which left the judging panel stunned.
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But if Sosibo thought he might sneak past the judges he was sadly mistaken.
Although he received a standing ovation, Abrahams told him it was for his song only and labelled his singing as rubbish.
The performance has won plenty of support online however, with the video going viral on Facebook and YouTube.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.