Siobhan Magnus Paints American Idol Black

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Siobhan Magnus and Crystal Bowersox dominated ladies' night last week. Last night, on the first show of the American Idol finals, the two ladies were 1-2 again.

At least that's how we saw it, but we doubt we'll receive too many arguments. With the possible exception(s) of Big Mike and Aaron Kelly, no one came close to these two.

Not that Crystal wasn't her usual, solid self, but if there was a clear winner Tuesday, it was Siobhan, who gave "Paint It, Black" dramatic flair on Rolling Stones night.

Her vocal range was amazing and the overall performance riveting. Kara DioGuardi compared her to Adam Lambert, which is not praise thrown around lightly.

She was a tough act to follow for Crystal Bowersox, whose rendition of "You Can't Always Get What You Want" seemed to suit her style perfectly. Typically solid.

Siobhan Sings
Crystal Bowersox Does it Again

It was Siobhan Magnus and Crystal Bowersox's show last night.

Any other week, it may have been tops, but Simon opined that Siobhan outperformed her. A good thing, he said, as Crystal is obviously legit but needs to raise her game.

Aside from Michael Lynche's "Miss You" and Aaron Kelly's tender "Angie," most of the other efforts weren't impressive. Who's going home? There are plenty of candidates.

Tim Urban's reggae style "Under My Thumb" and Lacey Brown's "Ruby Tuesday" struck us as a few performances that could result in a heave-ho. Who knows.

Do you agree with our assessment of Tuesday's elite? Who do you see going home on American Idol tonight? Here's how we rank last night's performances:

  1. Siobhan Magnus, "Paint It, Black"
  2. Crystal Bowersox, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" 
  3. Michael Lynche, "Miss You"
  4. Aaron Kelly, "Angie"
  5. Lee DeWyze, "Beast of Burden"
  6. Didi Benami, "Play With Fire"
  7. Paige Miles, "Honky Tonky Women"
  8. Casey James, "It's All Over Now"
  9. Katie Stevens, "Wild Horses"
  10. Andrew Garcia, "Gimme Shelter"
  11. Lacey Brown, "Ruby Tuesday"
  12. Tim Urban, "Under My Thumb"

Click to enlarge photos of the finalists in action ...

Big Mike Live
AG Pic
Didi Benami in Action
Casey James, Watch Your Speed
Downtown Lacey Brown
Urban Myth
Katie Stevens Photograph
Dewyze Choice
(Paige) Miles to Go
Aaron Kelly Does the Stones

Siobhan, Siobhan, Siobhan!!! Need I say more! She has it going
on!!! That girl can sing the "phone book"!!!


I love Siobhan! Best singer since Kelly Clarkson to come along on IDOL! Actually BETTER! She's a winner no matter what, but you know what? She's going to WIN!!!


My favorite guy is Lee!


Totally agree with Crystal called overrated. I mean she's good, but its mostly the same thing every week. Siobhan on the other hand always comes out with something different. And her vocal range is just amazing.


Siobhan Magnas has it all over Crystal Bowersox. She has great range and she can sign a variety of different songs from opera to rock and sing it very well.(I totally agree with Don's opinion! March 19, 2010) Crystal Bowersox on the other hand, her singing is not that bad, but everything she sings always sounds the same. I don't think she can change her style much. And America wants an Idol who can sing and perform all kinds of music!! Go Siobhan!


Siobhan is simply fabulous, i think she's pitch perfect, especially with the song where she started a capella and was perfectly on pitch when the orchestra joined in. and she's definitely not pitchy, hello, where have you been? as for saying she's screechy, can you even reach that note? i think the people who are criticizing her should reflect on themselves, who are they to judge the contestants when they don't even know anything?


I love Siobhan. I don't like Crystal, she's overrated. Why does she Crystal) always sing with her eyes shut...she has an uninteresting boring look. Siobhan is young, beautiful, and talented...I love Siobhan because she can REALLY sing.


I liked Katie Stevens' performance alot- I also liked Siobhan's and Crystal's performances. Big Mike's wasn't that impressive for me, but I still love Lee.


Soibhon's performance was really bad. I really thought the judges were going to blast her...


I don't like Siobhan, she freaks me out...she's too weird...Crystal all the way..she's more natural and way cool on stage...


American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]