Its a classic stunt of crossover to attract attention. Not a bad rendering vocal wise considering the hybrid in mind. The lyrics have nothing to do with the metal style though. Its a gospel song in essence. The kilt is for the cameras. Heck everything is for the cameras. Its for Idol after all.
Based on the few videos that I just watched I can assume that Swedish Idol features music styles that don't show up on American Idol. I guess that the American audience wants to see the same junk that flows out of corporate owned American radio. I liked the Nirvana and Billy Idol covers too. I think Enter Sandman would work.
I hate comparing remakes to originals. Some times the context of the original is lost. Sometimes the original is horrible and forgotten and the new version stands on its own
I am not a huge fan of Madonna, but no one can take away what she did to pop music at the time.
I do seem to enjoy Jay's style of singing and the song came out well...
I tend to like remixes of original songs often keeping original vocals. Even better if the original artist is part of the mixing process.
Off topic a little more, there is a ridiculous remake of The Sugar Hill Gang's "rapper's delight" that is a country version. Done by none other than Mike D of the Beastie Boys singing as fake "Country Mike". I think all the Beastie Boys were involved with the album "Country Mike's greatest hits".
I got the album at a used record store and cannot find it anywhere. It's a fluke, I guess. The country version is so awesome, my Mom even likes it! YEEEEE HAW!!!