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11 Carly Rae Jepsen 'Call Me Maybe' covers: Models, world leaders, dogs take on smash hit

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe  June 15, 2012 01:13 PM

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OK, the Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" cover fad is officially out of control.

It's not just that the peppy, coy, pseudo-date-invite is everywhere, it's that everyone on the planet (well, it seems that way, at least), has gone on camera to pantomime - and in rare occasions, actually sing - the pop newcomer's ultra catchy smash.

Here's a roundup of some of the more memorable renditions so you don't have to spend hours trolling YouTube yourself.

Some of the "Call Me" buzz is homegrown, as this video of the Harvard baseball team grooving to the song in a van and busting out some choreographed dance moves, quickly went viral and now boasts over 12 million YouTube views.

Of course other Internet sensations had to get involved, and "Chocolate Rain" star Tay Zonday soon uploaded his own awkward version powered his deep, unsettling voice.

.. And so did bedroom lip-sync phenomenon Keenan Cahill.

But actual pop stars don't have to time post goofy videos on the Web, right? Well, Katy Perry and her pals did just that, bringing a plastic monkey in the fray, as the "Part of Me" singer jumped behind the camera to direct for a bit.

Also, buff Abercrombie & Fitch models have joined in the fun, with the company posting a clip featuring guys, with questionable lip-syncing skills but really toned abs, grooving in London, Paris, and New York City.

Other crews of attractive people getting into the covers game include the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders ...

... And the 2012 Miss USA contestants. Donald Trump, Giuliana Rancic, and Bravo host Andy Cohen also made cameos.

But politicians aren't into this right? Well, kinda. Barack Obama "sings" the hit in this carefully edited mash-up culled from his many public appearances by user Baracksdubs.

And former Secretary of State Colin Powell actually took a stab at singing the ditty along with Gayle King during an appearance on "CBS This Morning."

The song has even scored attention from the animal world, with the very patient people behind The Pet Collective taking the time to direct an all-barking version of "Call Me," accompanied by a Corgi-packed reenactment of the video.

Even Jepsen got in on her own craze, revamping the song with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots using typical elementary school instruments like tambourines and kazoos.

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