Siobhan Magnus on a 'American Idol' summer trail to stardom By DARA KELLY, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer
So how is life post American Idol treating Siobhan Magnus? Quite well, it turns out. Along with runner-up Crystal Bowersox, Magnus has begun to assert her own unique spirit live on stage during the 'Idol' tour.
'My songs are a bit in-your-face and dramatic, but that’s what I love to do,' the 20-year-old told the press this week. 'That’s the kind of music that makes me feel on top of the world.'
Magnus’ set begins in theatrical high gear with flashing white lights and smoke pouring off the stage aided by a Goth soundtrack that slowly resolves itself into her take on the Rolling Stones’ 'Paint It Black.'
The whole performance is way over the top and much more theatrical than anything Magnus did on Idol.
"On the tour, we had a lot more leeway in choosing our own songs and would throw ideas back and forth with the managers looking for things that worked, not only for the audience, but for us," she said. "My favorite is ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ by Muse. I love the contradiction between the heavy guitars and melody. It’s kind of reminiscent of Queen, very bombastic and still very musical."
USA Today considered her set one of the highlights of the show but The New York Times said she was an example of "the concert’s critical lack of joy." Ouch. Magnus doesn't care though. She’s busy basking in the happiness of being free of Idol’s formula.
"It’s nice not worrying about being voted for," she said. "I hate to say, but sometimes you almost have to do compromising things on the show. I’d be shopping with the show’s stylist and she’d say, "Well, maybe not that because people are still voting." I’d have to say, "OK, you’re right." But I was hoping for an outfit a little more scary."
Magnus will have to wait until September to find out if Idol-creator Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment is going to sign her to a management deal. If not, she’ll strike out for a deal on her own.
A fan-made photo-montage tribute to American Idol season 9 Top 6 finalist Siobhan Magnus. The video is set to Siobhan singing "When You Believe" by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.
Siobhan sang "When You Believe" during the Top 7 "Inspirational Song Week" show with mentor Alicia Keys. Inspirational songs were performed that week in support of Idol Gives Back, American Idol's annual charity event.
The Seattle Insider interviews American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, and Season 9 Finalists Siobhan Magnus, Michael Lynche (aka Big Mike), Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens before the Idols LIVE Tour in Seattle, Washington. One of the best interviews I've seen ~ great off-beat questions, funny answers, all Idols in very relaxed, charming moods ~ and believe me, I've seen them all!