"American Idol" alum Ryan Starr (not to be confused with male "Rock Star: Supernova" alum Ryan Star) is best known for flaunting her taut midriff on "AI" Season 1 and sparring with nemesis Flavor Flav on "The Surreal Life." But she's back to making music--with a very surprising collaborator.
Ryan appears on "Chemically," an electronic club banger by Dutch producer Sander Kleinenberg, who has worked on remixes for Royksopp, Justin Timberlake, N.E.R.D., Daft Punk, and many others. The progressive house pioneer, founder of the Little Mountain Recordings and THIS IS Recordings labels, recently released the album Sander Kleinenberg Presents 5K, and interestingly, Ryan appears on one of its catchiest tracks, "Chemically." (FYI, Jamie's Cullum also contributes guest vocals to another 5K cut, "Remember When.")
The effects-laden song doesn't exactly showcase Ryan's vocal ability--she's rapping more than actually singing, really--but it does show off her sexy side, and hearing the reality show veteran repeatedly sing-speak a line like "I know you want me to be the girl you see on TV" is very meta. Plus, the song is actually pretty cool.
Does Ryan have a future in techno? Perhaps she can become the new Ibiza Idol.
[Ryan Starr photograph courtesy of Fox]