Elimination night during American Idol’s country music week had a surprise twist. Fans watched as Siobhan Magnus was cut from the Idol line up. The 20-year-old Bohemian-style rocker had a sudden slide right into elimination and no one could rope her in, (they used the save for Big Mike). Instead, she had to get out of Dodge-country music week did her in. The irony is that Siobhan has never been in the bottom three, ever. Big Mike has, yet it was Siobhan who got the boot. Go figure.
The quirky competitor with the wide vocal range was interviewed by USA Today, and says she doesn’t really know why she scored so low with the judges. One thing she does know: she is happy with how far she went, which is what all the dismissed Idols can proudly say. Siobhan made an impression with her cool fashions and unique style. Music is an outlet for her, a way of expression, and she likes many different styles and genres.
Hera are a few Siobhan Fun Facts:
Job: apprentice glass blower
Hometown: Cape Cod, MA
Favorite Artists: Janis Joplin, Courtney Love, Boston, Hanson, Rob Zombie, Aerosmith, Dropkick Murphys
Most Memorable Performance: “Paint It Black”
Future Aspirations: Be an actress on Broadway; Sing
Reaction to Not Making the Cut: “Everything happens for a reason.”
Last Song Performed: “Any Man of Mine”
Exit Song: “Think”
In case you missed Siobhan’s performance Tuesday night, take a look, click here. And, click here to see Ellen’s reaction to Siobhan being voted off.
American Idol TV Ratings
Country music night marked a drop in television viewers with numbers that haven’t been as low since March of 2003. According to the LA Times, Tuesday night’s show garnered 19.4 million viewers. An explanation for this? It could be the genre of music presented-country, or perhaps competition with another popular show, “Dancing With the Stars.” Shania Twain is no doubt the most successful female artist in the music industry, but she hasn’t had any new music out since 2002. Perhaps some viewers are waiting for the grand finale, and the big showdown between their favorite picks.
Frank and Harry
The Idols will be singing the music of “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Frank Sinatra, with plenty of great hits to choose from. Piano man and jazz master Harry Connick, Jr. will be guiding the finalists as mentor, helping to ensure they have a smooth delivery of their songs come performance night.
Sinatra got his start with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey bands. He stepped out on the scene going solo in the mid-1940’s, and took to the sky. The 11 time Grammy Award winner was a member of the infamous “Rat Pack,” (Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, Joey Bishop, and Dean Martin). Sinatra sang swing, traditional pop, jazz, and big band.
Harry Connick, Jr. has a lengthy resume, starting his recording career at the tender age of ten. Awesome. He sings the same kind of music that Frank liked to sing, selling over 25 million albums worldwide. Not bad. Harry has had 10 number one jazz albums, three Grammys and one Emmy. Yes, he’s an actor, too. Just like Frank. And, he has talent dripping from his fingers. Maybe he’ll play a few bars for the Idols while he’s there.
For a list of Sinatra’s songs, go to iTunes, or click here.
Six To Five
Now that Siobhan is gone we are down to five, count them, five finalists. And, one month to go. So, everybody, get ready for the grand finale showdown and I’m asking you, who will the last two finalists be? Who will go home next week? Who will reign as season nine’s American Idol? I got it wrong this week, as I predicted Aaron would be on the chopping block. Ha! We know that didn’t happen. However, he’s going home come Sinatra night. I just don’t see Casey, Big Mike or Lee slipping into elimination. Crystal, forget about it. Not happening. The tension is building as the Idols face-off Tuesday. American Idol fans will be watching. Ready, camera, action!
“Paint It Black” Siobhan Magnus
“Wicked Game” Siobhan Magnus
“Theme From New York, New York” Frank Sinatra
“Witchcraft” Frank Sinatra
“Luck Be A Lady Tonight” Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie Orchestra (Quincy Jones, Conductor)
“We Are In Love” Harry Connick, Jr.
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