Yoko champions Imagine singer on Aussie X

By | Published on Tuesday 13 September 2011

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono has thrown her support behind a contestant on the Australian version of ‘X-Factor’ who did a rendition of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ for his initial audition in front of X judges.

The pro-peace song is particularly relevant given Emmanuel Kelly’s back story. He was born in Iraq, with missing limbs seemingly as a result of chemical warfare, to unknown parents, and found by nuns in a park in a box. He and his brother were taken to Australia by Moira Kelly, initially to receive medical treatment, though she subsequently adopted both of them.

Writing on the website, Ono wrote” “Thank you, Emmanuel. You sang beautifully! Thank you. John would have been proud of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you”.

Here’s the performance: