Tuesday, May 4, 2010

David Letterman's Advice to Siobhan Magnus ~ "Don't Inhale!"

During a whirlwind press junket that has included The Ellen Degeneres Show, Wendy Williams, People Magazine and numerous FOX News outlets, American Idol's Siobhan Magnus stopped by to chat with David Letterman and perform with Paul Schaffer and his band.

Letterman and Schaffer joked around, trying to figure out the math - so Siobhan was the American Idol Season 9 Top 5 "7th finalist voted off." Letterman also made jokey reference to all her tattoos, asking what she had on her legs. And for all the fans old enough to remember President Clinton's campaign, Letterman told Siobhan the number one rule, "Don't inhale."

Siobhan gave another amazing performance of "Paint it Black". "Paint it Black" has essentially become Siobhan Magnus' signature song, where she can show off her amazing range and awe-inspiring "scream." Siobhan first performed "Paint it Black" when the Top 12 Idols kicked off the Season 9 finals with songs by The Rolling Stones.

That night, American Idol Top 12 finalist Siobhan Magnus drew comparisons to both Adam Lambert and Jersey Shore's Snooki after her performance of the Rollings Stones' "Paint it Black". Magnus delivered a theatrical version of the 60s classic in a prom dress and combat boots, and garnered unanimous praise from the American Idol judging panel.

Kara DioGuardi told Siobhan Magnus: "I'm having flashbacks of Adam Lambert and the stares and the drama. And I have to say, the best interpretation tonight. You did the most with the song, most interesting."

Ellen Degeneres was giddy after the performance, and drew a loving comparison between Siobhan Magnus and the hairdo of Jersey Shore store Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: "I love the way you look tonight. I love the way you sound. I love the way you did that song. You just-you rise above. In a sea of people-like Snooki's poof. You just stand out and I like it."

Simon Cowell was equally effusive with his praise, stating:

"I think it was the standout performance of the night. What I like about what we're seeing now is that now I see the development form where we were on those middle shows to tonight. You look interesting. I mean, it's almost like you're going to have to now scream at the end of every song, but it kind of works. But I also think, and I think this is important for any artist, there are a lot of people who are going to love that and genuinely there's going to be a lot people who are going to hate it. Um, and that to me is actually quite a good place to be which is better than being indifferent and boring."

Although American Idol was unable to get any of The Rolling Stones to perform at the Top 12 show, American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook joined in on the tribute to The Rollings Stones with his version of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" during Wednesday night's elimination show.

"Paint It, Black" was released as the first single from The Rolling Stone's fourth album "Aftermath" (1966). The song was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, though Brian Jones contributed to the song's signature riff. Bill Wyman claims in his books that the song was a collective effort of the group, a 'Nanker-Phelge' one, but mistakenly credited to Jagger/Richards at the end.

The single of "Paint it Black" reached number one in both the U.S. and the U.K. charts in 1966. In 2004 it was ranked #174 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In the U.S., it was the first #1 pop single to feature a sitar on the recording.

Although it is a Rolling Stones song, many people immediately think of "Paint it Black" in conjunction with The Animals. Eric Burdon & The Animals covered it in 1967 for their debut album, "Winds of Change". They performed it at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. This version was cut and included in the motion picture of the festival. The Animals also performed it on the BBC.
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  1. Her screaming is now her signature. Quality voice but slightly shaky while screaming. But I still love it. Hopefully one day she has a chance to sing Phantom of Opera as she should be able to sing those phenomenal high notes.

  2. her high notes are wicked amazing. i think among the idols, she's the only one who could belt that high.

    i still do think she should've been there in the finals though. anyway, we can't do anything about that. congratulations to lee!