Surviving various cuts from the thousands who auditioned last summer and making it all the way to No. 6 still doesn’t leave Siobhan Magnus immune from the critics. Her take when the Top 10 is termed weak? Those critics don’t understand everything.

“No one wants to hear stuff like that,” she said in a recent interview during an AI Summer Tour stop in Columbus, Ohio. “But you have to remember that people who are saying things like that weren’t there and they don’t know what we went through … we are the only ones who know. I can’t really describe it. If you knew any of us personally and you could see what we are capable of at our best then you might not say that.

“That’s why I think it’s great to get to come and see us on Tour because a lot of people said that their opinions of us changed because it’s very different watching us perform here rather than on the show cause we get to do an entire song. In fact, more than one entire song and we get to show what kind of artist we want to be.

“On the show we had a minute-and-a-half every week to sing a quick edit of a song and try to show what kind of artist we want to be. But in such a small amount of time it doesn’t always go over well.

“It can be a little odd in the venue (where Idol is performed during the season). Sometimes I’d watch the show back and I would say, ‘Oh, that’s what it sounded like?’ And everyone who came to see the show at the studio, like my family, just said it was so different. And that’s another reason I recommend they come out to see the concert because you might not even really know what we sound like.”

AMERICAN IDOL SUMMER TOUR 2010

NORCAL STOPS

When: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 14

Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, One Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View

Tickets: $76.50, $56.50, $46.50, $10 (lawn)

Parking: Free with ticket purchase

Further information: 650-967-4040

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When: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 18

Where: ARCO Arena, Sacramento

Tickets: $38, $48 and $68 (prices do not include $2.50 facility fee)

Parking: Lot open at 5:30 p.m., $12 per car

ARCO Doors open: 6:30 p.m.

Further information: 916-928-6900