February 21, 2005 11:17 PM by Joe Blackmon
Controversy is brewing over a comment made to Randy Jackson during the American Idol 4 Top 12 Male Singers competition. After Constantine Maroulis finishes his performance, Randy says that Constantine was out of tune, and then mimics part of Constantine’s song. Simon then makes a comment about Randy’s singing ability, and another voice chimes in and says "stick to the rapping, Randy." Randy reacts with a very surprised expression that from the camera’s viewpoint seems to be directed at Constantine. Several posters on the American Idol message board interpreted the comments as coming from Constantine and felt the comments showed arrogance and possible racism. However, other posters were quick to point out that the comment came from Ryan Seacrest and not Constantine Maroulis. Reality TV Magazine reviewed their tape of tonight’s American Idol competition to ascertain who had made the comment. The answer can be found by turning on closed captioning. Closed captioning reveals that it was in fact Ryan Seacrest who told Randy "to stick to the rapping." However, because of the way the sequence was edited, many viewers could very easily have interpreted the comments as coming from Constantine. Could this editing hurt Constantine’s chances in the competition?