(updated 31 May 03)

Hosted by Jankath

The Birth of Rap
(Title semi-stolen from bettee56boop@aol.com)

RUSSIA -- A Moscow radio station is sponsoring an "American Idol" style singing competition, held in Russian prisons. The winner will gain his or her freedom and a recording contract.

Well, they won't find a good-looking idol. Apparently, they don't go to prison. (kaycorbett@hotmail.com)

Shouldn't a contest like this be held in an American prison...like, Sing Sing? (Baitsmotel6@aol.com)

Maybe this isn't a good idea. It might be traumatic for some of them to be in front of a judge again. (ldolphin34@hotmail.com)

There's no disPutin, the winner will be forced to sing Lenin's rendition of "Imagine," and there will be no Stalin for time. (ZulusBall@aol.com)

Stenka "Stinky" Razin had the audience's tears flowing like the Volga, as he borscht-belted out that old gulag standard, "Crimea River." (HerzogVon@aol.com)

...At least you gotta celebrate these guys' work ethic.

Most Muscovites would settle for an adequate supply of toilet paper. (MooseSpeak@earthlink.net)

Amnesty International has long complained that Russian prisons were overstocked with 19-year-old hotties who can sing their asses off. (jaynashvil@aol.com)

1,2 ..... 1,2,3,4 .... It's fun to stay at the U....S...S....R. It's fun to stay at the ......U...S....S....R ........ (TZMAC@aol.com)

The song list will consist of "Jailhouse Rock," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Unchained Melody," and "Independence Day." Good Luck Comrades! (Doug0320@aol.com, HeadlessKayaker@aol.com)

Uh-huh. Good voice merits parole. Must be why Whitney's still on the streets. (Cheez412@aol.com)

"And the walls came Kremlin down..." (TvOrNotTv1@aol.com)

Today's winner, jnmcda0@yahoo.com, thinks that Moscow radio's version of The Simpson is downright criminal:

We do the opposite here in America...you become a celebrity first, THEN you get away with murder. (jnmcda0@yahoo.com)