The quirky Siobhan Magnus was booted from American Idol on Wednesday, leaving favorite Crystal Bowersox as the only woman left standing in the competition. Magnus has struggled in recent weeks, but her Tuesday performance of Shania Twain’s Any Man of Mine seemed to put her back in the running.
Looks like America was looking for more (or just simply less) from the left-of-center twenty year old.
The high point for the Massachusetts native came early in the competition, with her jaw-dropping, pitch-perfect rendition of Aretha Franklin’s Freedom- which she duplicated Wednesday as she bowed out. But after that, Magnus often struggled to find her sound. She left Idol proud to show her two sisters “what [they’re] capable of.”
The remaining male contestants- Lee DeWyze, Casey James, Aaron Kelly and Michael Lynche- have an uphill battle ahead of them in the coming weeks if they plan to oust folk-favorite Bowersox from the competition. Bowersox gave her least-impressive performance on Tuesday singing the lesser-known Shania Twain song, No One Needs to Know, yet still gained favor from the judges and America. So far, the singer has not be in the bottom three finalists this year.
Also on Wednesday’s show were musical performances… many of them! Rascal Flatts performed twice (once singing an awkward duet with Hips Don’t Lie with singer Shakira), Lady Antebellum took on their hit Need You Now and the pop-rock trio Sons of Sylvia took to the stage for what felt like a bad impression of Kings of Leon.
Look forward to next week as the remaining five pay tribute to Frank Sinatra, and Harry Connick Jr. will act as the contestants’ mentor.