Crystal Bowersox, who hails from Ohio, finished second on season nine of American Idol. Crystal has a son and describes herself as a folk...

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The final note has been sang for Crystal Bowersox and Brian Walker.

The former American Idol finalist announced today that she and her husband of two-plus years are filing for divorce.

Crystal in NYC

"After two and a half years, we have decided to end our marriage," the couple said in a statement. "The friendship and love which brought us together remains strong, and we will continue to support each other in our careers and personal lives. We are hopeful that people will be respectful of our privacy as we face this emotional and challenging time for our family."

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Seemingly apt for an American Idol contestant whose look and sound stood apart from most others, Crystal Bowersox has split from RCA/Jive and will release her next album elsewhere.

“I’m not worried about where I’m gonna be,” Bowersox told TV Line about her professional standing. “I’m gonna be making music if it’s on my own label or if it’s with somebody else. I’d love to work with ATO, Dave Matthews’ label. We’ll see what happens.”

The season nine runner-up has sold 210,000 copies of "Farmer's Daughter," a number that exceeds champion Lee DeWyze's 146,000 for his debut CD.

Crystal isn't a mainstream sensation, but she's perfectly happy with where her career is at.

“For not having any radio play and any great promotion, I think I’ve done pretty well on sales,” she said. “I’m able to provide a good, comfortable life for my family, and that’s what I wanted out of it... I continue to do this for a living. There’s nothing better.”

Bowersox will actually expand her resume next week: look for her to guest star on ABC's Body of Proof.

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Grammy-winner Bruno Mars, last season's finalist Crystal Bowersox and the departing Casey Abrams all performed live on American Idol on Thursday night.

While Casey's elimination was another surprise in a season packed with unexpected American Idol results, he enjoyed a nice run and proved worthy of a save.

Unfortunately, the judges couldn't bail him out a second time last night.

Watch Casey go out in style with his jazzy swan song, "I Put a Spell on You," followed by the performances of Bruno and Crystal below ...

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It could have been worse for Crystal Bowersox.

A month after American Idol champion Lee DeWyze watched his debut album sell fewer copies during its first week of release than any CD in show history, Crystal's "Farmer's Daughter" moved 57,804 units.

Literally Dressed Up

That figure was good enough for number-28 on the Billboard 200 Chart. It was also about 20,000 more sales than her fellow finalist's initial effort.

Among other American Idol alums, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia and Daughtry also earned spots this week on the Billboard 200.

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On December 14, Crystal Bowersox will release her debut album.

It will be titled "Farmer's Daughter" and include a total of 12 singles. Will you purchase the first CD from this American Idol finalist? Perhaps a listen to its title track will help you decide. Bowersox goes acoustic with it here:

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Crystal Bowersox will release her debut album on December 14.

The newly-married American Idol finalist has titled the CD "Farmer's Daughter" and revealed its cover this week. Take a look at it now:

The Two Finalists

The disc will be comprised of a dozen tracks, including a single written by Kara DioGuardi and Nickelback's Chad Kroeger; a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth;" and a song titled "Mason," which Bowersox herself wrote with husband Brian Walker.

Will you buy this debut CD?

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Crystal Bowersox recently made the insightful, intelligent comment that one's wedding isn't nearly as important as one's marriage.

With the first step taken care of, the American Idol runner-up can now focus on the second. That's right: Bowersox married fellow musician Brian Walker in Chicago yesterday.

Tamera Mowry, Adam Housley

"Our lives have never made more sense than they do right now,” Bowersox told People. “I can't believe how incredibly lucky we are to have found so much laughter, love, and light within each other. We're one happy WalkerSox family."

Ha! WalkerSox! We love it.

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After signing a record deal in June, it seemed like life couldn't get any better for Crystal Bowersox.

Then, she announced an engagement to Brian Walker this month and congratulations from this singer's fans have been pouring in ever since. The wedding is scheduled to take place in the next few weeks, which feels sudden. But Bowersox says:

Blown Away by Bowersox

"Brian's known me for a long time, and so he's been a part of my life for a long time. He's known my [18-month old son]. They laugh constantly. It's hilarious."

Taking the refreshing stance that the wedding itself doesn't have to be perfect, Crystal says she wants the marriage to set a good example for her son, Tony:

"I've never really in my life had a great representation of what a good marriage is. My parents divorced, and a lot of people in my family are divorced, so I hope to give my son a great model of what a happy marriage is or relationship could be."

We wish this incredible talent nothing but the best!

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American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox is engaged! To Brian Walker!

The singer and her fiance plan to tie the knot next month, her rep says.

It's the first marriage for Bowersox, 25, who also has a son, Tony, 18 months, from a previous relationship. Bowersox is currently recording her debut album.

Definitely cause for a thumbs-up!

Her love life has been fast-tracked almost as much as her singing career. Her now-ex, Tony Kusian, broke up with her just before the American Idol finale.

She said the split was mutual but that she drew on emotion while singing a moving rendition of Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain." Up she went, indeed.

Congratulations to Crystal and Brian on this wonderful news!

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While America may largely be celebrating the birthday of the man that came in first in 2008, let's take a moment and also acknowledge the woman that came in second in 2010.

She may not be the leader of the free world, but Crystal Bowersox still made millions of fans through her run on American Idol last season.

Bowersox turns 25 today and she has a lot to be thankful for. The singer signed a record deal in June and got her teeth fixed soon after. Look for a debut album to be released later this year.

In the meantime, enjoy the Crystal photo montage below and send in your birthday wishes to Bowersox right now...

  • Crystal in NYC
  • Crystal Picture
  • Black Velvet Dress
  • The Two Finalists
  • Crystal at the Mic
  • The Clear Favorite
  • Crystal Pic