Delivering a beautiful, harmonious performance with your fellow choir members is no small feat on its own. Now imagine trying to stay in tune with everybody else after the whole choir eats ghost peppers and has to endure the heat.
YouTuber Chili Klaus laid this challenge down to the Herning Boys Choir, a group he performed with growing up. The boys got a free pass on the first verse of the classic carol “O Come All Ye Faithful.” However, before finishing the song, all of them had to munch on some peppers and try to keep going. Needless to say, not a single eye was dry by the end of the second verse, and it wasn’t from how beautiful the boys were singing.
Chili Klaus was kind enough, at least, to not have the younger kids endure the painful burn of a ghost pepper. He distributed the chilis based on age, with the younger kids only having to withstand a fresh cayenne chili. The older singers, however, got the full bhut jolokia treatment.
To be fair, though, the choir still sounds pretty amazing as the sounds of coughs mingled with their synchronized hymn. While they may all have been red in the face and gasping for air (and refreshment) at the end, they definitely handled the challenge like pros.
Buzzfeed also reports that the choir also got treated to ice cream, milk, and bread afterward, so they didn’t have to bear the brunt of the chilies’ potency for the remainder of their rehearsal.