Kid's Trololo YouTube tribute is a charmer

Though he recently passed away, YouTube star Mr. Trololo leaves behind a legacy of fond tributes, including this young man's excellent rendition.

Two Trololos
The master and his pupil. Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

Eduard Khil was an unlikely YouTube star. The Russian singer inadvertently took the online world by storm with a delightfully schmaltzy singing performance of "I Am Glad 'Cause I'm Finally Returning Back Home" from 1976.

Khil passed away last month , but his legacy lives on. While there have been many new versions of what became known as the Trololo song, one young man's tribute is a particularly charming rendition.

Redditor dbarts21 discovered his cousin's flair for lip-syncing Internet meme performance art while browsing through his YouTube videos.

The fond, spot-on tribute has racked up nearly 250,000 views. That's respectable, but it still pales in comparison to the 14 million earned by the original Mr. Trololo upload.

Mr. Trololo brought a sense of absurd delight to many viewers. The remake captures all the whimsy and then adds a layer of surreality to the whole affair.

Here's a tip of the hat to the next generation carrying on in Khil's footsteps. Maybe there is such a thing as YouTube immortality.

 

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