Siobhan Magnus is too amorphous to become a real pop star in my mind. But she already knows where she might be at home: Broadway. That makes perfect sense for her sensibility and her voice.
In various exit interviews, she said she loves acting: “I’ve had a lot of experience in different kinds of theater—musicals and Shakespeare and I love acting. I do aspire to someday be in something like ‘Phantom of the Opera’ or ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’—any kind of opera or Broadway-type musical.”
And she admitted to loving all sorts of music and would like to meld it all, which makes no real sense in the real world as a musical artist but hey, that’s why she felt all over the place any given week:
From jazz and soul and R&B and blues to rock and punk and big bands—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 (laughs).
And yes – it sounds like she’s been torturing people with her scream for years, first developed in the shower. This was not an affectation to ape Adam Lambert:
“I’m pretty sure I figured out how to do that in the shower in high school one night. I’m an avid shower singer much to the dismay of my family and my neighbors. I was singing a Kelly Clarkson song, and I went to hit one note and I was able to resonate it in a different part of my head, that I could belt it that high. Ever since I figured it out I stared to use it more and more with different stuff. In school choirs, and in my band, and it became very useful with the style of singing that I like to do. At a particular time it came in handy, I was singing with my friend’s band and we did great gig in the sky by Pink Floyd. I had a blast just wailing on those huge notes in a battle of the bands, and we won. One of my favorite singers of all time is Janis Joplin. I learned very much through imitation. When I want to hear a singer that I love, I would try and emulate that, that kind of added up into the way I sing today.”
She also said she wants to be remembered her for “Paint it Black” performance, which was indeed one of her better ones.
Idol Chatter fed her a good idea if she had been around for Sinatra week:
So you were thinking about Sid Vicious’ My Way for next week?
You know, I did think about that. I was going to do that song, probably, if I was still here. And his version rocks.
Ellen DeGeneres said she though Siobhan could make the top 3. A lot of us thought that, especially early on.
MTV also provides a nice review of her fashion sensibility, if you’d call it that.
Someone in a previous blog mentioned that he found Siobhan’s enunciation annoying. I never thought about it but that is part of what makes me not like her. She doesn’t separate her words. I find that irritating: