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Just a few hours before she took took the stage for the American Idol finale in May, Crystal Bowersox and her boyfriend broke up.

In an extensive interview with the August issue of Redbook, the singer wants to make one thing very clear: don't point any fingers at her ex, Tony.

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"I want to make clear how amazing, kind, and generous a person he is, and that he truly considers my son his son and little Tony loves him," Crystal said. "He's been there since my son was about 3 months old. And in a lot of ways, he's the perfect man; he really is.

"But ultimately, we both knew it wasn't going to work out, considering the different lives we were leading. And it's better to come to that realization than to have an unhappy relationship. Mommy and Daddy need to be happy in order for baby to be happy."

Bowersox, who fell to Lee DeWyze in the finals of the competition, touched on a number of other topics, as well. To wit:

On almost quitting Idol: I did go talk to Ryan [Seacrest] at one point because he works 24/7 and I knew he would understand. He gave me the best advice: He said the best thing I could ever do was work hard enough now so I could take care of my family. And it's true. Sometimes you have to work really hard and make sacrifices so you can provide for the people you love.

On her hospitalization: You want to forget you're diabetic for a while, and maybe you don't watch yourself as well as you should. I ended up getting sick in March, and they told me I was off the show. I wasn't going to take that. I begged, I screamed, I pleaded. I said, 'I want to meet with the head honchos. I need this so bad for my kid. I'll go home if I'm voted off, but not because of this.' That's the one time I threw a huge fit, and thankfully, they gave in.

We were big fans of Crystal throughout the show and we wish her the best of luck.

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Following her run to the finals of American Idol, Crystal Bowersox has not let success go to her head.

But she has let it get to her mouth!

The singer, who sported dreadlocks and a gap-toothed grin throughout her run on the show, visited the dentist before embarking on this summer's tour and has Tweeted a photo of her new smile, along with the following:

whats NOT missing in this picture?????? Yeah. That’s right.

We've posted the before-and-after shots below. Looking good, Crystal!

The Old Crystal Bowersox
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Here's to hoping Crystal Bowersox has the same success as last year's American Idol runner-up, Adam Lambert.

Earlier this week, the unique, talented singer signed her first professional deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records. Look for her to release a blues/folk/rock album later this year.

"I'm really grateful to be given this opportunity to make an album and let people hear my music, and I'm looking forward to working with all of the folks at 19/Jive," said Bowersox, who lost to Lee DeWyze on the season nine finale.

Fans can see Crystal, Lee and company in concert this summer, as the American Idol tour kicks off its 49-date run July 1 in Detroit.

Shining Down
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Crystal Bowersox lost more than an American Idol crown this week.

She lost a boyfriend.

Appearing on Ryan Seacrest's radio show today, the runner-up to Lee DeWyze said she and boyfriend Tony Kusian broke up on Tuesday morning because "he wasn't cool with the lifestyle."

The split, which occurred mere hours before the final performance night, was 100% mutual, Crystal said:

“We’re both logical, grown adults. He’s a small town guy and it’s fine. I’m a small town girl but I want this. I want this more than anything - this career, this lifestyle. I didn’t think he was up for it. He didn’t think he was up for it.”

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It doesn't sound like there are any hard feelings on Crystal's end at all: “He’s been amazing. He stuck it out through this whole thing.”

Ever the sage, Kara DioGuardi, who also appeared on the programed, chimed in and told Bowersox: "You have to do your music. It’s not a choice for you. It’s what makes you whole. If somebody can’t hang with that - I’m sure he’s a lovely guy but right now this is your dream.”

Who do you think should have won American Idol?

 

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Barring a collective, nationwide brain fart, Crystal Bowersox will be crowned American Idol champion next month.

But the season nine favorite came close to walking away from the competition a few weeks ago, as the pressure reportedly got to her and Crystal has to be convinced to stay by Ryan Seacrest.

While Bowersox has confirmed via Facebook that she had a "moment of doubt," she was asked by TV Guide Magazine this week if she was 100% committed to the show? Her response: “Of course. Or I wouldn’t be here.”

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Who should win season six of American Idol?

 

As for her Tuesday night rendition of "People Get Ready," a widely praised performance that brought the singer to tears, Crystal reiterated that a certain audience member caused her to break down:

“I love my dad. He’d go through hell and high water for me. He was wearing sunglasses [and] I knew he was trying to hide the fact if he cried. I looked up and saw the mirrored sunglasses and I was like, ‘I know he’s crying.’ And I just [lost it].”

Crystal also ditched the guitar and looked more dressed-up than usual for the single. Asked about the changes, she said:

"Just because I have dreadlocks doesn’t mean I can’t be elegant and pretty. I don’t have to wear jeans and ripped-up clothes. I’m a woman.”

She'll also soon be a champion.

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It started a capella - and it ended with as much praise as an American Idol contestant has received in years.

Forget the judges for a moment. Check out what a group of impartial observers had to say about Crystal Bowersox's rendition of "People Get Ready" last night, which brought the singer to such tears that she could scarcely finish.

MTV.com: "It was the best performance of the season."

Salon.com: "Forget about goose bumps! I had been filled with the Holy Spirit and was jumping up and down in my humble living room screaming, 'Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Alleluia, Alleluia!' I became a born-again believer that "American Idol" could actually be redeemed, saved from its lost and depraved ways by its savior, Crystal Bowersox."

GQ.com: "As frontrunner skeptics, it took Bowersox's near collapse into heavy sobbing to finally convince us that her season-long steely calm was not professionalism, but rather a coping device. Despite the crumbling reputation, this is still a big deal, this American Idol show. Crystal seems to know that now."

Bowersox! Bowersox!

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She's the clear season nine favorite on American Idol, but Crystal Bowersox has never looked comfortable on stage.

The folksy singer admitted many months ago that she had never watched an episode of Idol, and she's been outwardly shaken up when certain contestants - such as Lilly Scott and Katie Stevens - were eliminated this year.

Therefore, it didn't come as a major shock this week when a report leaked out that said Bowersox was close to quitting the competition, but was convinced to stay by Ryan Seacrest.

Crystal on the Red Carpet

On Facebook yesterday, Crystal confirmed this rumor, writing: We all have moments of doubt. As much as I miss my kid, the big picture is this: im doing this for him and my fans. I'm having the time of my life!

Sounds like Bowersox will be sticking around - and thank goodness for that.

On the most lackluster season to date, we don't even want to imagine tuning in to Idol each week and not at least having Crystal to look forward to.

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Last week, the American Idol judges saved Michael Lynche from elimination.

But a new report suggets this wasn't the first time a contestant came close to leaving the show, only for an Idol mainstay to step in at the last minute.

According to TMZ, Crystal Bowersox stormed out of the studio last month, sick of all the attention from the competition and asked Ryan Seacrest in the parking lot: "What's the point?"

Blown Away by Bowersox

Crystal, who said prior to this season that she had never watched American Idol, wanted to return to her family in Ohio. How did Seacrest convince Bowersox to stay? By stating that a victory would make her a millionaire and:

"The greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house.  You can buy your mom a house."

At this, Bowersox reportedly changed her mind, a decision Fox executives must be thankful for. Can you imagine this season without Crystal, the clear favorite and most unique singer remaining?

Perish the thought.

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And then there were 7: The remaining American Idol finalists posed for a promotional photo this week and als visited Dodgers Stadium. Which of these is your favorite?

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Crystal Bowersox is a front-runner on American Idol this season.

But behind her soulful singing lies a difficult childhood dealing with diabetes, divorce and a father behind bars. Following her diabetes diagnosis at the age of six, things worsened still for the Ohio native when her parents got a divorce.

Not only did Crystal Bowersox witness a brawl between her mother and new stepmom, but a fight between her dad and 15-year-old stepbrother over the youngster’s school record and attitude landed her dad in jail on domestic violence charges.

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Are we looking at the next American Idol right here?

“Her dad’s predicament was especially rough on Crystal; she was always Daddy’s little girl,” her step-grandfather, Wally Kline, told Star of Bowersox's tough beginning.

That's very sad, but we're just glad she's come out of it fine, and was able to channel such difficulties into music that's captivating us week after week on American Idol.

We expect more of the same this evening!

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The 11 finalists all gave it their best shot, but performances by Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze stood out the most on Tuesday night's American Idol.

Showing why she's been a favorite to become the ninth American Idol winner since her first audition, Crystal channeled her inner Janis Joplin last night.

Bowersox's performance of "Me & Bobby McGee," mentored by none other than Miley Cyrus, is even being called better than the original by some fans.

That may be a stretch ... or is it? Check it out and see ...

Once again, socks were knocked off by Crystal Bowersox. Some weeks, it's like she's in a class by herself and everyone else is angling to be runner-up.

Lee DeWyze held his own Tuesday, however. In one of the night's top covers of Billboard #1 hits, the Chicago product rocked the Box Tops' "The Letter."

Follow the jump to see Lee's performance of the song ...

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