She's been wowing American Idol fans for weeks! Siobhan Magnus is a 20-year-old Cape Codder who has found the perfect blend of quirkiness and star power. She’s a woman with her own sense of style, and a voice that is bringing down the house!
“She has the kind of voice you don't hear everyday. She has incredible range, outstanding just stage presence, everything about her. She just has the “it” thing going on,” said Stephanie Gianno, Siobhan's best friend and un-official Cape-Cod Press Secretary.
The two grew up in Marstons Mills and have been locked at the hip since grade-school. She was in the audience the night the top-24 performed and now gets Idol updates from Hollywood twice a week. Stephanie says Magnus is locked in, even if Simon thinks she's a little unusual. “I think he's right, I think America might think she's a funny little thing, they never know what she's going to do next, and the cool thing about her being odd or weird as he said, is that she does it right,” Stephanie said.
And no moment showcased that more than Siobhan rendition of Aretha Franklin's song "Think." All it took was one note, “she did learn how to sing that note in the shower, singing Kelly Clarkson and uh, that definitely was a turning point in her vocal career,” Stephanie said.
“When she hit that note during "Think",I was in my living room, and a big smile came over my face and I went, ‘they don't know she's got more than that because she can go even higher than that’,” said Barnstable High Drama Club Coach John Sullivan, who has worked with Siobhan for more than ten years in 36 different productions. He has been casting her in leading roles as early as the 7th grade, everything from Mabel in Pirates of Penzance to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.
“I've had people who are unbelievable actors, but as far as singers, 32 years she's the best I've ever seen,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan says Magnus is unflappable; never nervous, always focused, sincere to the core, and that genuine emotion is reflected in her music and always has been.“ She sang a song called ‘A Change in Me’ in Beauty in the Beast when she was a freshman, and every night she'd sing and I'd be in the back ….(tear). One night I was sitting next to a costume person and went like, ‘I can't believe I'm’ and I looked and she was crying too. She just has a beautiful voice,” he said.
“There's signs, there's talking. It's just every night she performs, everyone’s like ‘did you see Siobhan?’ And it's like ‘I missed her I fell asleep, what song did she sing?’ You know? And everyone's like I voted 300 times last night,” said Barnstable High junior Greg Gianno.
“How many times do I vote? Oh man as fast as my fingers can text and my phone can call. I just redial and redial,” Stephanie said.
Siobhan has certainly won over Massachusetts. Now that she’s in the Top-12 we'll get a better idea how the rest of America feels. Her old Drama Coach isn't worried one bit.
“If she sings the right song and gets everybody you know going, then yeah, she's going to take it…but she's got the voice to win she's got the voice to win, without a doubt in my mind,” said Sullivan.
Ultimately it's all about votes! But with that voice you can bet this New Englander won't be coming home anytime soon!
Siobhan’s friend Stephanie Gianno is making a scrapbook for Siobhan, and is collecting pictures of anyone gathering to support Siobhan. If you have pictures to send, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org