April 29, 2010 / 3:00 AM / 8 years ago

"Idol"s Siobhan Magnus hopes to carry on screaming

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Siobhan Magnus may have been eliminated from “American Idol” but the 20-year-old with the big wail said on Thursday she hopes to launch a career on records, in movies, on stage or “for whoever wants to hear me scream.”

Magnus, an early favorite on the televised singing contest whose high-pitched scream was compared to last year’s “Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert, also said the race for the 2010 title was wide open between the remaining five contestants.

“I love them all dearly and I couldn’t even tell you (who will win) because this whole thing has been so unpredictable and such a crazy journey. I can honestly picture any one of them the winner at this time,” Magnus told reporters the day after being voted off the top-rated show.

Magnus, who “Idol” judges felt lost her way as the competition progressed, said it was “wicked flattering” to have been compared to Lambert — the pitch-perfect showman who acted as a guest mentor to this year’s contestants.

She said she first learned to scream while singing in the shower one day while in high school.

“I am an avid shower singer. I was singing a Kelly Clarkson song and I went to hit one note and I was able to resonate it in a different part of my head.

“Ever since I figured it out, I started to use it more and more in school choirs and in my band,” she added.

Magnus, who was working as an apprentice glassblower before auditioning for “American Idol”, said she was inspired by all kinds of music ranging from jazz to punk and big band.

She described her time on the show as “hopefully a gateway to all the other things I aspire to do”, including acting in musicals and even snagging a part in a horror movie.

“I do aspire some day to be in something like ‘Phantom of the Opera’ or ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’...I love acting and singing, and the two of them together are so much fun.

“I am also a huge horror movie fan. I aspire to at least make an appearance in a really gory horror film,” she added.

The elimination by viewers of Magnus leaves Crystal Bowersox, Aaron Kelly, Lee DeWyze, Casey James and Michael Lynche in the running for the “American Idol” title and a recording contract, which will be decided in a two-part finale at the end of May.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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