Who Wins the World Leader Sing-Off?

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper adds his name to the list of heads of state with the gift of song.

 A general view of the set is shown at a press junket for NBC's 'The Voice' at Sony Studios on October 28, 2011 in Culver City, California.
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Matt Vasilogambros
Jan. 22, 2014, 9:19 a.m.

The com­pet­i­tion is tough, but let’s play a game: Who would win in a sing-off among Pres­id­ent Obama, Rus­si­an Pres­id­ent Vladi­mir Putin, and Ca­na­dian Prime Min­is­ter Steph­en Harp­er?

The choice might be harder than you might think when you hear the Ca­na­dian lead­er belt out the Beatles clas­sic “Hey Jude.” Harp­er was ser­en­ad­ing Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Net­an­yahu on Tues­day night in Is­rael:

Of course, some might think that Obama has it in the bag after his soul­ful rendi­tions of some clas­sics. First, the pres­id­ent singing Al Green at a fun­draiser in Janu­ary 2012:

And then the com­mand­er in chief at the White House in Feb­ru­ary 2012 singing “Sweet Home Chica­go”:

But let’s not for­get the Rus­si­an premi­er singing “Blue­berry Hill” in im­press­ive Eng­lish from Decem­ber 2010.

But we already knew that Putin was a fan of mu­sic. Just on Monday, de­fend­ing his po­s­i­tion on the coun­try’s an­ti­gay law, Putin said he loved Elton John’s sound.

So, who wins in the lead­er sing-off? Every­one.


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