Wednesday night on TBS’ “Lopez Tonight,” the comedian paired up singingÂ oddities William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun for a duet.Â They sangÂ the Jim Steinman (wroteÂ Meat Loaf’s classic “Bat Out Of Hell”) penned 1985 Bonnie Tyler classic “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”Â Â The unlikely twosome of Emmy-winning actor William Shatner and Whitney Houston sound-alike Lin Yu Chun sang in their unique vocal stylings, producing a memorable version ofÂ “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”Â TheÂ result has become a YouTube video hit.Â
There have been some strangely pairedÂ duos through the years.Â Nobody will ever forget David Bowie and Bing Crosby singing “Little Drummer Boy.”Â Nor will the pairing of Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias’Â inÂ “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” soon be forgotten.Â Â The same can be said of Sonny and Cher (everything they sung) and the terribly mismatched Neil Diamond and Barbra StreisandÂ (“YouÂ Don’t BringÂ Me Flowers”).Â All of theseÂ twosomes produced hits.Â
As has William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun, albeit via video.Â
Lin Yu Chun made his American singing debut on “Lopez Tonight” after becoming an international singing sensation via YouTube video.Â After performing on the Taiwanese television program “Super Star Avenue,” the video of his performance went viral.Â The 24-year-old man sounded just like Whitney Houston as he sang the hit song, “I Will Always Love You” and people couldn’t get enough of the video.Â To date, the various videos of that Whitney Houston- like performance have amassed nearly 6 million views.Â
William Shatner came to sing on “Lopez Tonight” via his notoriety for the melodramatic vocal stylings he employed on albums he released during the late 60s and early 70s.Â The most famous of these recordings was aÂ hilariously overemphasized “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (The Beatles)Â and “Rocket Man” (Elton John).Â Although most famous for his roles as Captain James T. Kirk in the original “Star Trek” series/movies and as lawyer Denny Crane on “Boston Legal,” for which he won two Emmys and a Golden Globe Award, William Shatner has revamped his role as a singer in the past couple years, including putting Sarah Palin’s farewell speech as Alaska governor to bongo music, which also became a viralÂ video hit.
Regardless, as a novelty or as legitimate attempt at making music, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” by William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun is a fun video to watch.