Crystal Bowersox: From Farmer to Singer

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She's a long way from a farm in Ohio now.

As one of the rumored 24 semifinalists on season nine of American Idol, Crystal Bowersox has made a home for herself in Hollywood for a few weeks.

The former country gal is actually accustomed to the urban life, as she's lived in Chicago for a number of years, playing the guitar, building a career as a folk singer and raising a little boy.

Crystal cites Janis Joplin. Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge and Sista Otis as musical influences.

Below, you can watch and listen to her perform on stage and offer your critical take on her prospects: Might she be the next American Idol?

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I am so impressed with her unpretentious humility. This young woman sings better than anyone in the top 10. She doesn't seem to know just how good she is, but, that aside,
she sings with such confidence. I see a brilliant future for Crystal.

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I am so impressed with her unpretentious humility. This young woman sings better than anyone in the top 10. She doesn't seem to know just how good she is, but,
she sings with such confidence. I see a brilliant furture for Crystal.

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She is well loved in North Carolina... HOPE she makes it all the way...love you crystal

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She's nothing but amazing. Have you heard her song "Farmer's Daughter"? Blows my mind every time... Just look it up on YouTube, close your eyes, listen and you'll know what I mean. I wish I could vote for her, but I live in Sweden.

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I have never met crystal but heard her on the show and what wonderful talent this young woman has.
I am also an Ohio girl from Knox Co .
I wish her the best and always remember if you hit the big top don't forget us back home in Ohio.

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Dear God!! I've never got so emotional for any of the idols before~ She's incredible, as a singer, as a mom and as a true artist!!

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Crystal "I love ya!" I truely want you to win the Idol but if you don't you are going to make it anyway. I can't hardly wait till the day I see your 1st full length release I will by it right away. For your first release use only your own material, Also I would like to see you on the front cover holding your preciouse child up in the air and kissing him. Call it "For You An Me, Baby!" Or "It's All For You An A Little For Me" Who am I to tell you what to do with your carrier? I will tell you that you have a even more important life as a single perant. I think that you are probable already giving your child every thing he needs. All a child realy wants is for you to love them. You can give them a world of gold, but give them all your love from far away and they will be sad every day. I hope you don't mind if I print a pic of you and set if up between my Elvis an Cash.

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I am from Ohio and I'm trying to find out what town Crystal is from. I could listen to her sing for hours.

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Wow!!! She's absolutely fantastic! Janis would be proud.

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shes hot!!!!