John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has offered her support to a pop wannabe competing on Australia's The X Factor reality show after she was won over by the contestant's rendition of peace ballad Imagine.
Emmanuel Kelly performed the peace anthem at his audition for the TV talent programme, moving celebrity judges including Boyzone singer Ronan Keating and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown to tears with his vocals.
Kelly's choice of song was even more poignant after he revealed he and his brother Ahmed had been adopted from Iraq, where they were born with missing limbs as a result of chemical warfare.
His audition aired Down Under late last month (Aug11), but it was only recently brought to Ono's attention - and she's been singing his praises ever since.
Posting a link to the video on last week (ends09Sep11), she writes, "Thank you, Emmanuel. You sang beautifully! Thank you. John would have been proud of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you."
Lennon released the classic hit in 1971 but it became an anthem after the Beatle was shot dead outside his apartment in New York in December, 1980. It was Lennon's only solo Australian number one single.