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Familiar name on American Idol: Shannon Magrane



Wednesday’s American Idol season premiere featured a name and a couple faces familiar to Tampa Bay area baseball fans: Shannon Magrane.

The now- 16-year-old is the daughter of former Rays TV analyst Joe Magrane, and has performed the anthem at the Trop several times. She is also a sophomore in the arts and drama program at Tampa’s Blake High, and a former volleyball player.

On Wednesday’s show Shannon was introduced to judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson and when she mentioned that her dad was a former pitcher, they said she could bring him out. After the introductions, Joe, mom Renee, and six friends and relatives stayed on the stage as Shannon delivered a soulful rendition of the Etta James song Something’s Got a Hold of Me, and was a unanimous choice to advance on to the Hollywood round.

“She’s an incredibly gifted singer,’’ Joe said Wednesday night. “Between my wife’s yelling and my announcing, we created a super hybrid.’’

[Last modified: Friday, February 17, 2012 12:41am]


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