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Constantine Maroulis Controversy: Stick to the Rapping Randy

February 21, 2005 11:17 PM by Joe Blackmon

Airandy 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?

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6 Responses to “Constantine Maroulis Controversy: Stick to the Rapping Randy”

  1. Ann Says:
    February 22nd, 2005 at 1:05 pm

    It was blabbermouth Ryan who said that comment and not Constantine. Ryan should not talk too much…he is a good show host but he is sometimes annoying. Open your mouth, Ryan when it is necessary. I like you but you have to behave.

  2. REGINA BANKS Says:
    February 22nd, 2005 at 6:19 pm

    closed captioning is NOT RELIABLE or accurate

  3. Anonymous Says:
    February 22nd, 2005 at 9:52 pm

    Based on what we know about Ryan, and what can be heard coming out of his mouth on a regular basis, I think it’s reasonable to believe he is the one who made the comment. I find it hard to believe a contestant would interrupt his own judging(Paula no less) to make a stupid remark. I have a feeling we would have heard more sounds from the crowd and more disbelief from the other judges if it had been Constantine. No one’s stupid enough to insult someone who’s partially responsible for your potentially future career. That being said, everyone should be more angry about the crummy editing that was done, whether purposefully or not, to make it seem as if Constantine was at fault.

  4. daisie Says:
    February 23rd, 2005 at 9:44 pm

    did randy know that it was ryan who made the comment?

  5. dr annie Says:
    March 3rd, 2005 at 11:40 pm

    May Mr. Constantine Maroulis win AI.
    Wishing him all the best. Godspeed

  6. Amanda Says:
    June 20th, 2005 at 10:14 pm

    I think that Randy was looking at Constantine to see his reaction to Ryan’s comment. Constantine seems to be so respectful to the judges and i really dont think he would make such a disrespectful comment, especially to someone who has a big impact on the voting results.

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