After getting voted off "American Idol" last night, local favorite Siobhan Magnus reflected on her star-making run in a conference call from Hollywood this afternoon. Calling it a "wild ride that isn't over," the 20-year-old Marstons Mills native praised her fellow contestants, saying any one of the remaining five could deservedly win the competition, their fortunes heavily dependent on the musical theme chosen for each week's show. Backstage after last night's show, "it was hard," Magnus admitted, the other finalists telling her they'd miss her sense of humor most of all. "We'll be friends forever, though," Magnus said, adding, "I miss them already." As for "Idol" judges using their one allotted "save" two weeks ago on Michael Lynche, she said they "couldn't have picked a better person" to throw a lifeline to and expressed zero bitterness toward any judges or fans -- even the "naysayers," as she put it.
Might her affection for artists like Courtney Love and Rob Zombie give some fans (and record companies) pause? Magnus laughed at the question, vowing that her musical tastes, which have never been confined to a single style, would continue to incorporate jazz, soul, punk, rock, big band, and other genres. Being compared to last year's glam finalist Adam Lambert was a kick, too, she said, lauding Lambert's individuality and confidence onstage. Continuing to define herself as an artist -- and not let others do it -- is "important to me to show that's something I care about," she continued. "I'm stubborn and strong-willed. I do what I do because it rests well on my heart." Meanwhile, getting letters from young girls who've identified with her out-of-the-mainstream style moved her to tears, the singer confessed.
What's up next? A trip to New York tomorrow for another round of media exposure. A Cape Cod homecoming that promises to include a family dinner with 30 or more relatives. Rehearsals back in Hollywood for this summer's "Idol" tour show, and then, who knows? Magnus hopes to tackle musical theater someday ("Phantom of the Opera," "Jesus Christ Superstar"), land at least a small part in a "wicked gory" horror flick (she's a big fan), and collaborate with her brothers and sisters on "a Magnus work of art." Putting a punctuation mark on her "Idol" run, she counseled disappointed fans not to worry about unrealized dreams and bruised feelings on her part. "This is the end of one thing, the beginning of another," said Magnus. "I'm grateful for the entire experience."