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Singer Marc Martel's audition for Queen Extravaganza, a live tour with members of Queen in honor of the band’s 40th anniversary, is getting a lot of attention because of Martel's talent for channeling Freddie Mercury. He's even trying to get that stache going.


(reddit via daily what)

Here's an older video of Martel singing "Bohemian Rhapsody":

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  1. The stache, the bulge and the voice. Amazing!

    Posted by: Pugzz | Sep 22, 2011 7:56:08 AM

  2. Marc Martel is a member of a Christian rock band in Canada named "Downhere".

    Posted by: DALI | Sep 22, 2011 8:06:48 AM

  3. what these videos serve to illustrate, no diss to the performer herein intended, is just how unique was the talent of freddie mercury. like a pennywhistle to a piccolo...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Sep 22, 2011 8:33:14 AM

  4. A good copy, but there will only ever be one Freddie.

    Posted by: Marc C | Sep 22, 2011 8:33:45 AM

  5. It's weird. He sounds like Freddie but with all the soul taken out. He hits the notes, he has the right vocal tone and everything but he's got zero of Freddie's style. He's like a robot that emulates him without any of that raw sexual energy and uncaged "Queen" that Freddie just had naturally.

    Posted by: Jasunmark | Sep 22, 2011 8:47:19 AM

  6. While he hits the notes, he's got no soul. Oh, and doesn't anyone clean up their room before making Youtube videos?

    Posted by: Paul M | Sep 22, 2011 8:54:31 AM

  7. Oh Dear ... Why is it that when ever someone can "Hit the notes" they are suddenly deserving of being compared to Freddie? Freddie wasn't just great for his range... it was his power, his control, and his tone. Personally I'm convinced no one will be able to TRULY emulate Freddie totally without reconstructive surgery to produce that remarkable over bite He had. And even then it will likely fall flat!

    Posted by: Allen | Sep 22, 2011 9:08:29 AM

  8. He can hit the notes but even if I close my eyes, he sounds good but his voice doesn't have feeling or soul like when Freddie would sing. I do not beleive anyone will be able to emulate the late great Freddie!

    Posted by: Sebastian | Sep 22, 2011 9:25:58 AM

  9. I catch all this on reddit and the next day it is posted here.
    Methinks Andy is a narwhals bacon.

    Posted by: suede | Sep 22, 2011 9:26:42 AM

  10. Levi Johnson channeling Donny Osmond, maybe?

    Posted by: Where's Marie? | Sep 22, 2011 10:04:24 AM

  11. I'm going to commit blasphemy: he's not as raw and purely magnetic as Mercury, but he has a damn fine voice--and I think he's even hotter.

    Posted by: Dback | Sep 22, 2011 10:14:01 AM

  12. Hot. Sounds pretty good. Not Freddie, but good. Christian rock, though? No thanks.

    Posted by: MrJ | Sep 22, 2011 10:26:59 AM

  13. Good copy for sure but absolutely lacked the "oomph" and pure raw soul that Freddie had. I enjoyed it but was left wanting and yearning for all that was Freddie and can't be immitated. I honestly think Adam Lambert could do a better job, he feels what he sings.

    Posted by: javo | Sep 22, 2011 10:32:49 AM

  14. Freddie Mercury is missed.

    Posted by: Chris | Sep 22, 2011 11:18:58 AM

  15. Odd that he's in a christian rock band imitating a gay rock icon. Nobody could match Freddie, nobody.

    Posted by: Robert in NYC | Sep 22, 2011 11:24:56 AM

  16. Yeah, my Freddie's not so bad, either. I don't look as much like him as this guy, but Freddie was unique in his appearance and supernaturally magnetic and this guy is, obviously, not. These videos prove that there was and can only ever be just the one.

    Posted by: justme | Sep 22, 2011 11:31:45 AM

  17. He was fun. While no one could ever truly do what Freddie did, there's nothing wrong with someone paying him homage.

    Posted by: Ryan | Sep 22, 2011 11:38:10 AM

  18. Wow! Technically stunning but...George Michael is a more compelling performer, his Somebody to Love is outrageously beautiful

    Posted by: tim | Sep 22, 2011 12:02:30 PM

  19. This guy is amazing. If nothing else he left me in tears remembering the original.

    God I miss Freddie Mercury. There will never be another.

    Posted by: tampazeke | Sep 22, 2011 12:33:53 PM

  20. By now we should all know the difference between a lightning bug (delightful) and lightning (soul shattering).

    This was fine. But if he can do this, what else might he do that does not simply seek to channel someone else's iconic performance?

    Mercury began by mimicking what he heard on the radio as a child in India. He eventually turned it into his own voice.

    Let's hear this guy's voice.

    Posted by: Brian | Sep 22, 2011 12:52:43 PM

  21. Karaoke grade. No passion, no soul, no feeling. NEXT!

    Posted by: RonDenver | Sep 22, 2011 1:42:13 PM

  22. He's good, but I agree with the other posters that he doesn't have Freddie's soul and charisma...he looks awkward, like he doesn't know what to do with his body because he's thrown all his effort into sounding like Freddie.

    Posted by: Michael W. | Sep 22, 2011 3:19:37 PM

  23. Very nice voice. While I agree there will only ever be one Freddie, this guy does him some justice.

    You don't have to be as good as the original to pay homage. :)

    Posted by: sparks | Sep 22, 2011 5:01:23 PM

  24. I think he sounds pretty awesome (especially the Bohemian Rhapsody)...sure, there's the lack of Freddie's intensity, but I have no doubt that's due to the homogenizing influence of being in a "christian pop" band.

    That would squash the soul out of any singer.

    Posted by: StudioTodd | Sep 22, 2011 6:44:38 PM

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