It’s not every day that you get to witness an “American Idol” contestant meeting one of their Idols, but that’s exactly what happened late Wednesday night at the Mondrian Hotel’s Sky Bar, where Season 9 sixth-place finisher Siobhan Magnus came face-to-face with three guys named Taylor, Zac and Isaac, otherwise known as her favorite band Hanson.
Yours truly was there to capture the moment and it was, in a word, magical. Siobhan looked simply dumbfounded upon first sight of Taylor Hanson, and, in fact, the only sentence she managed to string together once a formal introduction got made was: “I don’t know what to say!” To which Taylor responded, “Well, let me say this: we’re really honored that you feel so inspired and motivated by what we do.”
Siobhan spent the better part of the next hour regaling the guys, who were in town to perform on “The Tonight Show,” with stories of her adventures at various Cape Cod-area Hanson shows, including one she had to attend solo, while Isaac and Zac asked about the machinations of “Idol” and complimented Siobhan on her piano playing at the “If I Can Dream” house. Of course, here was a dream moment come true that the four will remember forever.
As for the rest of the post-finale soirée (hosted by the tireless crew at 19 Entertainment), scores of Idols past and present mingled — among them: David Archuleta, Constantine Maroulis, Brooke White, Kris Allen, Taylor Hicks, Justin Guarini, Melinda Doolittle, Andrew Garcia, Michael Lynche, Katie Stevens and Tim Urban — while even Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest made brief appearances. As for the show’s big winner? Lee DeWyze made his entrance well after midnight, greeted by ecstatic fellow finalists, grinning producers and long lines of well-wishers. In the end, it was a beautiful day and a long night with little rest for the “Idol” weary and a lifetime of memories.
— Shirley Halperin
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Photo: Zac Hanson, Isaac Hanson, Siobhan Magnus and Taylor Hanson. Credit: Shirley Halperin