Justin Timberlake mocks Hugo Chavez as Elton John on SNL

'Suit & Tie' singer changes the lyrics of 'Candle In The Wind' during skit on Saturday Night Live

Justin Timberlake mocks Hugo Chavez as Elton John on SNL

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Justin Timberlake mocked recently deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez on Saturday Night Live.

The 'Suit & Tie' singer, posing as Elton John, re-worked the lyrics of 'Candle In The Wind' to reflect the life of the socialist leader in a skit which you can watch by scrolling down the page and clicking on 'play'.

In a pitch-perfect imitation of John, Timberlake sang: "You said the US causes earthquakes and you outlawed Coke Zero. And on your shoulder sat your parrot with a matching red beret."

In another line, he includes a statement from Chavez that "capitalism killed Mars". Timberlake concluded the introductory segment by singing: "You were hero to your people and you never gave up a fight. We'll miss you Hugo Chavez, because live from New York it's Saturday night."

Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake has recently revealed that his new album has been inspired by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. "When we were making the record I said, 'If Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin can do 10-minute songs and Queen can do 10-minute songs then why can't we?' We'll figure out the radio edits later," he said.

The 'Mirrors' singer will headline this year's Wireless Festival alongside Jay-Z. The London bash, which for the first time will take place in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, as opposed to its previous home in Hyde Park, will see Timberlake and Jay-Z make their only UK festival appearances of the summer.

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