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28 celebrity impressions viral video revealed to be a hoax by singer

July 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM ET

Last week, singer Rob Cantor captured the attention of the Internet with a video of his original song "Perfect," in which he appeared to impersonate 28 celebrity voices with pinpoint accuracy. And the Internet believed him, to the tune of nearly 7 million views on YouTube. Sorry to say, Internet: You (and we) were fooled, big time. 

On Wednesday night, Cantor released a "making of" video that revealed how the performance was rigged to make it seem as if he was spot-on with all of those celebrity impressions (including the voices of Kermit the Frog, Shakira, Cher and Flipper). His secret weapon? A bunch of voice-over artists backing him up (the 29th impression the video refers to is Cantor's own). 

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The video, he wrote in the YouTube comments, "was created with the help of eleven impressionists and one trumpet player, all exceedingly talented. I hope it was fun to watch, and that you enjoyed my song 'Perfect.'" He then included a list of all of the voice-over impressionists, and who they impersonated (the original video's credits have also been updated).

A rep for Cantor, Stephen Peltzer of Westchester Productions, sent the video to TODAY and suggested it was all just in good fun. "Basically, like Jimmy Kimmel and the Twerking Girl on Fire video, the whole thing was a carefully orchestrated effort," he wrote in an email. "Rob really wants to share this 'Making Of' video to give proper credit to all the amazing impressionists and musicians who leant (sic) their voices and talents."

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