American Idol is all about sharing the family histories and heartbreaking backstories of contestants, but it seems there is one they have missed.
Sophia Shorai, who is 28 and has been doing very well on the show, is the daughter of a famous former fugitive in St. Paul, Minn. — Sara Jane Olsen.
Sarah is a former Symbionese Liberation Army fugitive, the Pioneer Press reports.
Sophia was reportedly born in Zimbabwe in 1982 where her father, Dr. Gerald “Fred” Peterson, was working as a physician and her mom, a fugitive at that time, taught drama and English.
In 2011, Sara pleaded guilty to participating (under her given name, Kathleen Soliah) in the SLA’s deadly 1975 robbery of a Sacramento-area bank and to helping place pipe bombs under L.A. police patrol cars.
She served seven years in prison.
Watch Sophia’s intro below!
Last Thursday, Sophia’s performance was judged “beautiful” by Steven Tyler and received a standing ovation from some of her competitors.
Watch Sophia sing “George On My Mind” below!
We’ll have to wait and see if Sophia will continue on American Idol tonight!