When you get right down to it, the best singer on American Idol last night was Sean Michel of Bryant, Arkansas-- the bearded guy who admitted that he looks like a cross between Fidel Castro and Osama bin Laden.
Think he'll get some "American backlash"?
According to YouTube and Sean's MySpace page ("sean michel - pronounced mee-SHEHL"), the video above shows Sean "playing Forgiven Much at Abood's Park in Khartoum, Sudan as a part of Ramadan Festivities in 2005."
Hey! No "American Taliban" jokes!
It appears that the guy who sang a snappy version of Johnny Cash's "God's Gonna Cut You Down" for his audition (we think he looks more like Woody Allen in Bananas) is a Christian-- judging from his lengthy MySpace bio, which says in part:
"The songs of Seanmichel are not meant for a market or genre. They are simply an attempt to find meaning through music in the same place the music we love first found its meaning: the Gospel. Their music presents the listener with equal parts reality and Truth, driven by deep emotion and conviction. These songs are meant to attack the evils in this world, while also inspiring hope, simultaneously piercing the heart and uplifting the spirit..."
Yeah, but will he lose the beard in Hollywood?