MANILA, Philippines - A song about unrequited love usually isn't funny--unless the song is based on Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," and the girl in question is princess-to-be Kate Middleton.
An a capella group from St. Andrews University--where Middleton and Prince William finished their university studies--created a song and video based on the pop star's smash hit to celebrate the couple's April 29 wedding.
"Royal Romance," by the group The Other Guys, has gone viral on the Internet days before the grand wedding. As of posting time, the video already has more than 77,000 views on YouTube.
"Filmed and recorded by students in the town where Kate met Wills, Scotland's premier all male a cappella group bring you a sad tale of unrequited love," the video explained.
The song tells the story of a St. Andrews student, played by lead vocalist Ollie Boesen, who has feelings for a girl--but "the only problem [is], you're Kate Middleton."
The song then goes on about the guy's unsuccessful attempts in getting Middleton's attention, from "poking her on Facebook" and trying to dance with her in a local pub ("but crowding up to [her] was the future king").
It also makes references on how the couple's romance blossomed, in particular the university's 2002 student fashion show where Kate modeled the now-infamous see-through dress that apparently caught William's attention.
"I want your loving / you're so hard to convince / you and me could write a bad romance," the song goes. "I want your loving, just get rid of the prince," it continued.
'Eleven guys, eleven voices, no instruments and one princess'
The group, formed in 2004, "has grown to become the premiere all male a capella group" in Scotland, the group's official Facebook page said.
Aside from live performances, they have also released a number of studio and live albums, the page said.
In an interview with BBC News, Boesen said they made the spoof because it was "too good an opportunity to miss."
Boesen said the group got together and thought of something to do to celebrate the royal wedding.
He said the university and the surrounding community is "hugely excited" for the wedding, and is a "really good place to be" now.
"We wanted to do something to get the guys' name out there. To just have a bit of fun, really," he said.
The group, he said, has been overwhelmed by the number of people who have seen and liked it.
Asked by the BBC if they have sent a copy to the royal couple, Boesen said, "I really hope they like it!"
Watch "William and Kate: The Royal Wedding," an ABS-CBN News special coverage, on April 29, 2011, on the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Studio 23, Lifestyle Network, and Velvet.