April 30, 2010

Idol’s Siobhan Magnus: I needed to express myself visually

Posted: 07:29 PM ET

Idol fans! 

Only five contestants remain after Siobhan Magnus was voted off the American Idol stage Wednesday night...

There was a lot of buzz over her hair and outfits (butterflies?) but did people focus too much on her style...and not enough on her substance?  Well, we asked her.  Find out what she said below!

And let us know what you think.  We're getting close to the end!

LKL Blog:  Looking back at your time on Idol, give me a sense of what you’re thinking about?

Siobhan Magnus:  I’m just proud of making it this far.  What an amazing experience it’s been.  I’ve learned so much in such a short amount of time that it’s completely invaluable.  Probably one of the best experiences I’ll have.  It’s unfortunate to leave at this point; I would have loved to gone further.  But you can’t look at it that way; you have to appreciate it for what it is.  

The people I’ve met and the friendships I’ve made and the things I’ve learned are some of the hugest, most valuable things to me that I think might ever happen.  I’m just extremely blessed to have gone through this; especially at the time in my life that I did, at this age.  It’s been incredible.

LKL Blog:  You mentioned the friendships – you’re all almost part of an exclusive club.  As the weeks go on, and fewer contestants remain, is it more difficult to say good-bye?  What was that like?

Siobhan:  It gets harder every week.  That’s one more week that you’ve been together every single day.  We’ve become so close, sometimes we’re the only people we see throughout the week, besides the people who work on the show.  And we’re the only people in the whole world, at this time, who know what we’re going through.  So as much as you can talk to your friends and family about it, this group of people are the only ones who understand.  You’ll say something about what happened that day and they’ll know because they did it too.  You develop these bonds, just being able to talk to each other about what’s on your mind regarding the show and the process.  Every morning, we’d be getting ready to go over to the studio and Big Mike [Lynche] would say, “Good morning, family!”  It’s just that – we’re our own little Idol family.

LKL Blog:  Your style, it came up a lot during the show, especially with the comments from the judges.  Did people think or react or focus too much on the style over the substance with you?  Do you think any of that overshadowed who you were as a performer?

Siobhan:  I think at times it may have.  Just because some nights I would get more comments from the judges about my outfit than about my singing.  And I would become frustrated that I didn’t have enough to work with from them.  I didn’t know what I needed to improve vocally because Simon would go off about my outfit being weird.  And that was kind of a bummer that it was standing out more than my vocals.  But I always looked at my performances as a package deal – I needed to express myself visually as well as with my singing. 

I don’t regret any of it.  I had a blast putting together my outfits. 

LKL Blog:  Who is your inspiration?  Or what inspires you?

Siobhan:  I’ve been fortunate enough to have many different inspirations in my life.  I think the biggest one is my brothers and sisters because they are all so unique and amazing and intelligent and they are my best friends in the whole world.

Starting with my oldest brother, Rory, he’s always been the person that I’ve aspired to be like because he never quits.  When he thinks of something that he wants to do, even if it’s a big thing, he just does it.  And he doesn’t give any excuses.  He’s never defeated.  He just goes and does what he needs to do and it’s always amazed me.  I’ve always admired and copied him.  I was kind of a tomboy because I wanted to be like my brother.  And I still kind of am. 

I could go down the list and tell you why each of my siblings is an inspiration to me, but it’s a similar reason in that they are all so bright.  They’re the best people I know.

LKL Blog:  Is it tough to be separated from your family and friends and put on this platform for the number of weeks you’ve been doing it?

Siobhan:  Yeah, it is tough.  This is the longest I’ve ever been apart from my little sisters.  At home I help take care of them a lot.  So it’s been strange being separated from them and not getting to talk to them as much as I’d like.  I can’t wait to see them.

LKL Blog:  Looking back, did you have a favorite performance that you did?   And also, next week, if you had been planning a Siobhan take on a Frank Sinatra classic?

Siobhan:  I loved every performance for its own reasons.  For what it was and what it meant to me.  One of my favorites was definitely when I sang “Paint it Black” because that week was just so much fun.  It was the first week on the big stage, it was my birthday that week and how it all came together – I just had so much fun with the arrangement and when I got to put together my outfit – it was so me, everything about it.  I was so excited to be able to show that to people and to have so much fun with it.  It was very dramatic.   And when they told me it was theatrical, it wasn’t a bad thing – even though later on, me being theatrical was a bad thing in the eyes of the judges.  I just loved everything about that one.

As for next week, I was really excited because I love big band music.  I love Frank Sinatra.  I was playing with the idea of singing “My Way” because of all the hullabaloo that was caused about me being different and dressing crazy, things like that.  I think the message of that song, besides the part about it being the end and everything – just to be able to say I did this my way. 

And it’s my grandfather’s favorite song.   And I would have loved to been able to sing it for him.  He was supposed to come out this week but he’s been very sick, so he couldn’t make it.  But I’ll have to sing it to him when I get home.

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Stella Altman   April 30th, 2010 8:30 pm ET

Siobkhan Magnus was the best singer in the bunch. However, I knew she would not win because of the way her performaces were put down week after week. She has great great talent and I dont think the judges know what to do other than pick their least favorite and see to it that the person is booted off. This time, Siobkhan. She SINGS, the run of the mill today make a racket.

Fred   April 30th, 2010 8:34 pm ET

She and the remaining candidats on this year's show were extremely dull – thus the title "American Idull". Her fifteen minutes is almost up – thank God!

Samanthaz   April 30th, 2010 8:57 pm ET

She did have a good voice, but she seemed to ignore the fact that she was in a competition. The judges did give her some good advice and she just ignored it. I think the voters got weary of her doing it "her way" every week instead of trying to learn from each week.

Trish   April 30th, 2010 9:48 pm ET

I was a fan of Siobhan on AI. Sorry to see her leave. I felt she was unique and had a great voice. Ellen and Randy both seemed to have held her in high esteem. Hope she will have success in the music business. Last year everyone thought Allison was going to do great and unfortunately her music CDs never did well. I hope if Siobhan gets recording opportunities, she will do better than Allison. She just needs to get really good recording producers.

Big Daddy Kahuna   April 30th, 2010 9:50 pm ET

Dear Siobhan...
I was so sad to see you go....
As far as I am concerned and millions of others...
You are it!! I would buy any CD you do!
I wish I could talk to you in person.
You are just like me.....a FREE SPIRIT!!
Creative...Compassionate! A TRUE ARTIST!!!
You march to your own drummer!
I have a T-Shirt that says..: "Accept Me As I Am...Completely

Take Care!!
Big Daddy Kahuna

boomer04   April 30th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Not sure what the fans of Siobhan are complaining about. She is good (made it to final 5!). She has a style her own, but seemed to be a little shrieky toward the end of her songs. But she is not in the class of Crystal.

Tbrown   April 30th, 2010 10:14 pm ET

What professional would want to be in the same class as Crystal? Perhaps we knew Siobhan would end the song on a high note, but the rest of the song you never knew. I can promise you no one will be surprised with what Crystal does next week or the next few weeks. It's the same thing, and to sit through an hour plus long concert of her poor woman's Indigo Girl vibe would bore me to tears. The one talent in the competition that was capable of surprise, emotion, and amazement is gone. Please write in again when Crystal changes up the Starbucks vibe. She won't. She can't. Good luck, Siobhan.

Big Daddy Kahuna   April 30th, 2010 10:17 pm ET

Crystal is very good....
Just not as versatile.....coming from someone that has been in "THE BUSINESS" for almost 45 years..............

Big Daddy Kahuna   April 30th, 2010 10:20 pm ET's what's left.

A boring Janis Joplin knock off Cofee Shop singer with squinty eyes(Is she stoned or what?).

A Luther Vandross impersonator.

A Boy Band wannabe.

A "Singer" from Northern Illinois that sings out of the side of his mouth.

A "Pretty Boy" ..."Country" Singer? that

are a dime a dozen. That pretty much sums it up...


Big Daddy Kahuna

Bogardo   April 30th, 2010 10:35 pm ET

Fully agree with Samanthaz.. After delighting the judges, and us, in the earlier rounds, Siobhan thought she can get away with being "different" all the time. I saw it as some kind of 'arrogance' on her part, to the point of being defensive when judges give her advise. She should be thankful indeed, she was able to stay up to this point.

Mainehunter   April 30th, 2010 10:44 pm ET

Hey Big Daddy Kahuna...I hear ya

Now that theres not much left, do you think this lackluster lineup will result in a drop in AI ratings?

keokee   April 30th, 2010 10:46 pm ET

she is the best in the bunch to bad they choose the guy they call big mike !

deb   April 30th, 2010 11:21 pm ET

Siobhan is a wonderful talent. I hated to see her go but I predict she'll have a great career if she gets the right people helping her. She's edgy, different, has a great voice and sings her heart out. Crystal has the best voice but she could change it up a little. I love the tone of Crystal's voice. She should definitely win. None of the guys can hold a candle to Crystal. Aaron has a really good voice but is just too young and experienced at this point in his life. Give him 4 or 5 years and the right marketing and I think he should do well. The others can sing on a cruise line.

Kathy   April 30th, 2010 11:54 pm ET

I enjoyed her performances, but never thought she would make it much further than she had. In reality, she could be a great artist if only she were singing the right type of music for her voice...just like the majority of the contestants. I think she was limited with the choices and music styles.

I'm probably one of the few who didn't look at her outfits as weird at all, just age appropriate and not as boring as the masses, What singers/performers don't wear different clothing than the masses?

Lady priest   May 1st, 2010 2:53 am ET

I am so glad to hear you Sionahn speak well of Big Mike and that he is kind and treats you all like familly there has been soo much negative things said about him and some mean things. Thank you for that and God bless you I believe you will go far.

AEvangelista   May 1st, 2010 3:02 am ET

Siobhan's father said they are already getting plenty of offers from many different angles, not just recording. So all you detractors can just eat it.

John   May 1st, 2010 10:55 am ET

Hey Joel, the self proclaimed expert... Siobhan was a nice girl and had her moments, but any true 'expert' would have to admit she missed an incredibly amount of high notes. Did she hit some? Yes, but the honest truth is she missed way more. Nice girl, tried different things, but in the end whether you like them or not (and you don't) the remaining people are better.

kroach   May 1st, 2010 11:07 am ET

agree with @Joel 100%; Siobhan she has a most wonderful voice and I would love for her to cut a record. I'll be first on Amazon to buy it. how she dressed shouldn't effectd peopel opinion on the way she sang. to bad so many 'judge a book by it's cover'. just like they did with Adam last year. Wonder what the judges would say if 'lady ga-ga' was one of the contestents 🙂

sue.noffke   May 1st, 2010 11:37 am ET

I really liked Siobhan – I hope she has a great career. I also like Crystal. I think these 2 girls had so much more talent than any of the boys. I hope Crystal wins it.

Kirk   May 1st, 2010 1:54 pm ET

I'm so glad to have been able to watch Siobhan. I'm the adoptive father of five kids...each one unique. I think I "get" what Siobhan keeps talking about with her siblings. My kids have really wonderful relationships with on another. Those bonds have made the trying times that we've experienced navigable. I look forward to watching Siobhan's career take off...whatver the direction it may be. If she's ever in upstate New York I know five kids and a papa who'd LOVE to meet her. We'll have egg salad and play cards.

J   May 1st, 2010 5:09 pm ET

I dont get what everyone is so sad about Siobhan... saying that she is an amazing singer is crazy, because she's not. I will say that she can hit some amazing notes, and do some amazing things with her voice, but whenever she actually sings, it is not great. I agree that as a package, she is better than some of the people who are still in it, but I would not say that she is an awesome singer.

Alan   May 1st, 2010 6:35 pm ET

If I were a promoter or record producer, I would be on the phone right now trying to get hold of Siobhan Magnus. The remaining 5 have talents of their own, but Siobhan could SING. That and produce a beautiful smile to accompany her performance.

lisa   May 1st, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Big Kahuna: You crack me up with your evaluation of the remaining contestants. I totally agree.

I watched for Siobahn every week. Now I don't want to watch it. I loved her personality, her voice, her energy, her charisma – everything. I thought she was vulnerable, real and incredibly talented.

I think Crystal is a nice person but really boring. I think it's ridiculous that Simon has queened her the winner and downplayed Siobahn's talent. What's up with that? When Siobahn got voted off and Ryan made her hug Simon, she didn't even want to touch him! She just went straight for hugging her family and only went back on stage out of obligation.,
I hope her career soars. Look at Jennifer Hudson.

You go Siobahn!!!!

Karen   May 2nd, 2010 9:37 am ET

I found the judges feedback conflicting. They tell some contestants – expand, get out of your safe zone but then criticize when they are different. They conversely reward Crystal for never coming out of her safe zone. There is no fun in tuning in to get a Janis Joplin-esqe version of every song. That gets really old, pretty darn fast.

I found Siobhan different and not always in a way I appreciated, but she mixed it up. The rest are just the.same.every.week.

HalfBreed   May 2nd, 2010 11:10 am ET

Really sad to see Siobhan go – her personality and flare will be missed . From a talent point of view this season has been tough for me – I think I am still in mourning to see what Adam would bring each week in last year's show.

Overall, Crystal has the most talent but I am not sure she has the will to win. My wife loves Lee but I can't get excited about his genre – been there , heard it before(last year) – he would be a safe but boring choice. Casey needs to channel his boozy rocker more and let it fly to compete with Crystal. Big Mike or Aaron should go next week.

I guess Carrie Underwood or Adam Lambert only come along once every ten years or so.

loraottawacanada   May 2nd, 2010 5:04 pm ET

Sorry Siobhan glad you are gone...your screeching drove me crazy.

Simon told you repeatedly to stop the screeching during your songs, but you continued....I believe this is what caused your downfall!

You are a beautiful girl...need a voice coach or something!

Quirky   May 2nd, 2010 5:18 pm ET

Siobhan had potential, but needed to learn a bit more about vocal control. I really hope she'll get a band together and do some funky alternative / indie stuff. She needs to stay far away from anything remotely resembling big ballads. Good luck Siobhan...I'll always remember your quirky personality.

Okoli chukwuebuka   May 2nd, 2010 6:04 pm ET

Keep on playing

Pgl   May 2nd, 2010 7:41 pm ET

Siobhan was the best – loved her and her style/individuality. While I know she would have benefited from some professional industry coaching, she is and was the most versatile and I think the most artistic contestant the show has had in many seasons (not just this season). I wish her a prosperous career. As for the rest of the contestants, I'll watch the show but won't be voting for any of them – they just aren't as good!

betty   May 2nd, 2010 8:37 pm ET

One very jealous Big Daddy.........................check!

Stacey   May 2nd, 2010 9:21 pm ET


Don   May 3rd, 2010 12:48 am ET

I was shocked Siobhan was voted off! I thought the finale would come down to her and Crystal...who would have thought!

katiebird   May 3rd, 2010 10:26 am ET

If Siobhan had to go then I hope Crystal wins big mike needs to go.
Tired of all these sounding alke.

amandakat   May 3rd, 2010 11:00 am ET

Anyone who thinks American Idol's ratings are going to go down now has apparently never watched the show before and realized that people go home every week. Siobhan was NOT the best of the bunch and had quite a few pitch problems – sometimes she was up, sometimes down. Consistency is the name of the game.

gurdy   May 3rd, 2010 11:45 am ET

I don't understand when people say "they are tired of Crystal sounding like Janis Joplin all the time". That is her style, her voice and you either like it or hate it. I am hoping it is down to Lee and Crystal as the final two.

Samantha   May 3rd, 2010 1:51 pm ET

she shouldn't have gone for one more week, that little twerp Aaron should have gone, then shobkalriakalbokan or however u spell her name should have gone. the goldilocks casey should go, then Mike, then the final between Lee And Mamma Sox with momma sox winning by the biggest margin in Idol History. Shes the only one with any hope at all of selling an album. hmmm why do we say album anymore win they don't exist, haha, then shes the only one that could have sold a CD or had her music stolen off ITUNES.

Then again I may be giving Big Mike too much credit because he really isn't very good either. gee none of them are besides mamma sox.

Mothermaybe   May 4th, 2010 12:34 pm ET

As usual the best are the first to go. Siobhan has a great voice and different. She is more original than the others. Some of the other singers are good, but we need a new sound. Siobhan and Lee should be the two in the finals after all it is a singing competition.

Holly   May 5th, 2010 4:31 pm ET a true and natural singer. She seems to be able to sing anything and still sound great. I was one of the hopefuls thinking it would have come down to her and Crystal. I do think maybe the judges carried on too mush about her appearance, which made her the individual she is. Look how Lady GaGa comes out on the stage.

edo   May 20th, 2010 12:31 pm ET

People mostly overshadowed by external apearence rather than substance. so, why should we are being influenced by what the other people judgement over our outside apearence. It is not important to behave in a way to comfort other people. It is hipocrit. Anyway, in terms of musical industry than an artist should be willing to be dictated by business entertainment industry.The idea of selling is important .Otherwise the artist would not exist succesfully. So.. Keep on moving to reach your dream.

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