5 New Reasons to Miss Siobhan Magnus on American Idol


I told you all to be sorry. Now, sixth-place Idol finisher Siobhan Magnus fielded a round of questions during a post-elimination conference call, and I can officially confirm: All you Michael Lynche zealots screwed a major pooch with your dumb votes. You schtupped a mastiff and we all saw. The five best quotes from Siobhan's conference call (which come complete with five new reasons to love this girl) render us weepy and breathy -- like a lovestruck glassblower noticing her reflection in a gleaming pool of silica.

1. She ranks Courtney Love and Rob Zombie among her prime influences.

Question: "You've said that one of your favorite female artists was Courtney Love and that you also admired Rob Zombie. Is this a musical direction you'd like to take? Do you think it would cause a bit of nervousness in some of your fans and record executives?" -- Matt Stone, Kelowna Daily Courier

Answer: "It easily could. I can understand that being a cause of concern, but my tastes are in no way limited to that style of music. I love every kind of music that moves me, and I hope to be able to create a sound that is my own because it takes from everything that I love, from jazz and soul and R&B and blues to rock and punk and oldies, big band. I love everything. I'll hopefully eventually be able to create something that is my own sound but that also takes from everything that I ever loved, not just Courtney Love and Rob Zombie."

2. As a glassblower's apprentice, she often schooled the master.

Question: "I want to know a little bit about your glass blowing apprenticeship, and I want to know if glass blowing has actually helped develop you voice because I know you have to have really good pipes for that too." -- Monica Gorske, Flash News

Answer: "Yes, I started working in the glass shop about three years ago. It was such an incredible job because you learn so much every day. It's all chemistry. It's all science, but it's happening in your hands, and I love that about it. I could sit for hours and watch my boss make the most amazing things. He'd tell me what he was doing and how he was doing it. Then if the shop was slow and we didn't have a lot of customers, he'd have me get on the torch, and he's say, "Okay, you try," and he'd tell me how to do something. There were times when he'd be working on a huge piece, and he'd need me to come over and hold the other end and blow in it because he couldn't reach."

3. She's one of those wicked Bostonians.

Question: "What Massachusetts band, Boston area band that you grew up with or maybe your father were favorites of yours?" -- April MacIntyre, Monsters and Critics

Answer: "Love Dropkick Murphys, I love their Boston pride, their Red Sox pride, and my dad's wicked into them too. We've gone to see them together."

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  • Chris Ford says:

    I'll give you a 6th reason to miss her.
    I think inconsistent judging on Idol threw her off her game and made Magnus question her ability. So out of curiosity since I had Friday off, remembered Magnus was on Ellen Degenere's show and watched how she did in a different venue.
    What I saw was a Star.
    Siobhan was just radiating beauty and warmth and charisma in chat with Ellen.
    Then later she did a performance of "House of the Rising Sun" that ended with a crowd of mostly middle-aged ladies giving a standing ovation from the power and emotion of Magnus's singing. Some were tearing up. It really was sensational.
    Get past "the screamer" label. This one singer is bound for glory.

  • @AprilMac says:

    I love that you culled her more interesting tidbits from that conference call into an interesting read...Siobhan is like Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn had a baby! Wicked awesome at that.

  • LTW says:

    Siobhan is a much more thoughtful person than people make her out to be. She might speak slowly, but what she says makes sense and is worth listening to. I'm sad and excited for her, and I am definitely a fan.

  • I found a similar post on another web site and didn't see the point, but this post is much clearer. Many thanks!

  • Belia Minato says:

    I need to say, as much as I appreciated reading what you had to say, I couldnt help but lose attention after a while. It's as if you had a great grasp on the matter, but you didn't remember to include your readers. Maybe you need to think about this from more than one perspective. Or probably you shouldn't generalise so very much. It's better if you consider what others might have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction to the matter. Think about modifying your own thought process and giving others who might go through this the benefit of the doubt.

  • I am a current Wellesley student. The character is fictional (or if she is not, she at least was never a professor at Wellesley). Also, Wellesley has been offering modern art courses since the 1920s or 1930s and was much more progressive at that time than as depicted in the movie.