American Idol judges shocked by exuberant version of Dio’s Holy Diver
As unlikely as it may seem, TV talent show American Idol is now into its 21st series. That’s more than CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Or ER. Or even Lassie.
Over the years, rock music has frequently taken a back seat on the show as the judges lean towards pop, r&b and country music, but occasionally there’s a breakthrough. Former Axium singer David Cook won in 2008, and 2014 winner Caleb Johnson is currently performing with Meat Loaf’s old backing band Neverland Express.
One of the latest singers to challenge the traditional American Idol hegemony is 28-Rach Karma, singer with two Connecticut bands, symphonic gothic death metal act NEVERMØUЯИ and covers band Evil Twin. It’s the latter that Karma turned to for inspiration for her American Idol audition, performing Dio’s classic Holy Diver for the judging panel of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and country music’s Luke Bryan.
Karma’s performance is a little ragged, and the backing guitar sounds like an unruly child farting in the bath, but she performs with no small amount of enthusiasm and commitment.
The judges, sadly, are less enthusiastic. Lionel Richie clearly enjoys Karma’s audition, but Perry looks flabbergasted and Bryan reacts as if hearing such music for the first time. “I gonna go search what Holy Diver is,” he later says.
But there’s a silver lining, in which Lionel Richie details an unexpected friendship.
“I have not heard that song in 100 years!” says Richie, as Perry looks at him as with something approaching disgust. “I’m a big fan of rock’n’roll. I know this may sound kinda strange, but Rob Zombie happens to be one of my dearest friends.”
Tragically, Karma failed her audition. But on the bright side, NEVERMØUЯИ’s latest single Release the Demons is out now. You can hear it below.