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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Met Crystal when she was 16 her Mom brought her into a little neighborhood pub during the day to jam with the band. She was and is extremely talented!! I would go whereever she was playing because she was a joy to hear. I got close with her because I have a Daughter who was at the time 14. I asked for her autograph way back then because I told her she would be a SuperStar, she chuckled because not only is she a great talent she is a beautiful girl inside and out. She will be the next and already is American Idol.
Love Ya Kiddo
Kath

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WOW is all I have to say.

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She will go all the way. She deserves it and her family are some of the best people that I have ever met. She blew me away at the Apple fest talent show when she sang tracy chapman back when she was in junior high. Great things will come from her!

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She's going all the way. Go crystal!

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I know her. I met her at a New Year's Eve party in 2008. Crystal and I are both friends with the same person, we made friends with each other too. Both of us auditioned for Idol in Chicago this season, but I didn't make it. Even if I had, I think I would have stood NO CHANCE against Crystal. I will admit that I am a little jealous, but I'm more happy and excited for her. When I got rejected by the judges, I said to the camera,"The next American Idol better be someone who auditioned in Chicago." I think my wish will come true. She's gotten nothing but positive feedback from the judges, even Simon! She's got my FULL voting support and I honestly think she can win this! P.S. I even met her son, Tony just recently. He's an adorable little guy and a good kid.

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I really like this Crystal chic. She sings from the heart, sole, and inner gut. Love it! Have listened to 5 songs she wrote elsewhere online. She is favorite to win the Idol.

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She's the winner, i picked her from day 1 audition. idol has never had a type of talent like her. i think she must have had a rough childhood, for some reason, not sure why i think that, but she has real soul and makes me emotional when i hear her voice

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Crystal was AMAZING! she has the strongest voice of any contestant I have ever seen on American Idol! She sings with such emotion and soul!

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I knew Great Grand father , Mom and her as a little girl nothing she does will surprise me . She deserves the best .

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I first heard Crystal at Ottawa River Yacht Club (Toledo, Ohio) in the summer of August 2009. My husband and I were in the distance as a contestants in a rib off! Both of us had to leave the booth to walk over to see who this person was! We were so impressed with the sound of her voice and her demeanor that we found a permanent seat before the crowd started to close in. I'm not suprised by Cystal's achievement with American Idol and from what I have heard, she deserves it!!!
God Bless Crystal!
Jean Summers

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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