Siobhan Magnus, you have driven me to write on American Idol.
I really didn’t want to. I hate what the show has become, in general. I like that the contestants as a whole are innocents, but I hate that the production has become a manipulative machine, carefully calculating everything from performance order to song choice in order to pimp their favorites. As I’ve said previously, I didn’t want to write about Idol because I find it to be stretched too thin already. I, however, did not expect to fall in love with one Siobhan Magnus.
Siobhan represents everything American Idol should stand by. She’s incredibly talented and, almost more importantly, she’s real. Her personality, showcased in her video packages, is so unbelievably honest and unapologetic. She’s not only likeable, she’s infectious. This country is in a different place than it was back during Season 2. Sorry Carmen Rasmusen and Kimberly Caldwell, but no one is looking for a contestant who spits rainbows and acts “perfect.” Today, people want the glass blower with the mohawk.
Anyway, I wasn’t going to write about her but I’ve noticed a lot of other posts suggesting Siobhan to be “weird” or “creepy” because she isn’t considered common “American pie.” With all due respect, go fuck yourselves. Who are you to knock her style or personality? This girl is unbelievably talented and she isn’t the slightest bit indulgent or entitled. She just loves this. For those of you who prey on backstory versus natural personality or vocal ability, Siobhan has a disabled father and mother who works in retail, thus relinquishing her the role of guardian to her younger siblings. Unlike other contestants, Magnus doesn’t feed off of her own past for votes. Good on you, Siobhan! In addition, she’s just pretty fucking cool, and I like her style a lot… I may have a crush. It’s a shame that idiots are allowed to have blogs, Siobhan. I apologize for them.
I wish I could have posted her performance of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” but Idol is very strict with copyrights and the video has been subsequently stripped from youtube. Watch it on Idol’s official site, though. It’s worth it. I don’t think the video above does her personality justice, but I like that it captures her initial moments of inevitable stardom.