(Cross-posted at Idolpundit.)
In news that almost made me regret slamming her performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” earlier this week, I have learned that American Idol season 9 contestant Siobhan Magnus’ uncle used to be in Stryper! This makes me so happy, it’s unbelievable. No, I’m not joking. To Hell With the Devil was one of my first three or four rock cassettes. (Sing “Calling on You,” Siobhan!)
My investigative journalism on this subject turned up another factoid or two. Did you know that…
…everybody’s favorite Season 4 contestant, Constantine Maroulis, once sang with Twisted Sister at the NYSE’s Christmas tree lighting celebration?
Also on the bill for what must have been an awesome Christmas concert…Stryper!
Do the connections end there? They do not.
Did you know that…
Randy Jackson once played bass on a cover of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s classic, “Shining Star?”
It was on a 1990 metal album called Against the Law.
An album by…Stryper!
I do not yet know what all of this means. In an effort to figure it out, I assembled this handy diagram to show the connections between Idol and Stryper. Whatever it is that’s going on here, I think it’s reasonably safe to conclude that Randy “The Emperor” Jackson is the epicenter–the Stryper Svengali. For good or for ill, I know not.
I shall investigate further.
Figure 1: The Idol-Stryper connection
And, yes. This is the sort of hard-hitting investigative journalism you’ve come to expect from Idolpundit On Deaf Ears.
Stryper – “Shining Star” (featuring an invisible Randy Jackson)
Twisted Sister with Constantine “Constantine” Maroulis – “I Wanna Rock”
[Note that Constantine, ever the class act, takes a cheap shot at Stryper at about 3:45.
Dear Constantine: You're not fit to polish Stryper's boots.
♥ ♥ ♥,
[Update: I have been assured by commenters that my interpretation of Constantine's remarks was incorrect, and that no swipe at Stryper was intended. I regret the error.]
Stryper – “Calling on You”
Stryper – “To Hell With the Devil”