Reached by phone at his home in Marstons Mills, where he had been watching the show with his two youngest daughters, her father Alan Magnus seemed at peace with the results. "I get to see her sooner than I thought I would. That's good," he said. "She's doing fine and everything's fine. Couldn't be better. I mean, come on, how many people tried out, 110,000?"
But little sisters Ceili, 9, and Azora, 8, were very upset, he said. Siobhan had talked about them on the air, at one point telling the judges that "I’m here for my baby sisters who are my whole world."
Last night, host Ryan Seacrest asked Siobhan what impact "American Idol" had had on the girls. "I did my best and I hope that I was able to show them what we're all capable of," Magnus replied, before launching into a confident, upbeat performance of "Think."
Then she got a hug from Simon Cowell, who told her, "I am gonna miss you." Randy Jackson said, "You learned how to be an artist on this show. I think you've got an amazing career in front of you."
One night earlier, Magnus had drawn praise from the judges for her rendition of Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine," which she ended with one of her signature notes. But on a night when the judges seemed to love everyone, somebody had to go. In all, 33 million votes were cast on Tuesday night.
Alan Magnus said he expects Siobhan to get a massive homecoming when she returns to the Cape. He said he could hear cars beeping their horns in support as they drove past his house.
As for his daughter's future career, he said, "We've run through a lot of ideas and talked about a lot of things. Sky's the limit. No doubt she can sing. And she's not bad to look at."
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