Crystal Bowersox went out onto the Idol stage during final performance week with one mission – to win – and she deserves it!
I may not have been completely fair to Lee DeWyze all season, but right now I feel awful for him. His competitor, Crystal Bowersox, brought so much fire, so much power, so much EMOTION to her American Idol performances May 25 that there is simply no way he can measure up – and I’m retracting my former opinion!
Sure, the 24-year-old Illinois native performance of U2‘s “Beautiful Day” was good, but for me, it wasn’t outstanding. Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Boxer” was too tepid for finale night, and R.E.M.‘s “Everybody Hurts” didn’t really get going until it was almost over.
But CRYSTAL. The 24-year-old mom morphed from a hippy to a sexpot on Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet”, had the audience rocking out on Janis Joplin‘s “Me & Bobby McGee” (though, admittedly, it did start out a BIT slow for my liking) and brought the night to another level with – if she wins – her first single, her beautiful, heart-wrenching version of Patty Griffin‘s “Up to the Mountain.” I’m not too proud to admit I shed tears – but I wasn’t the only one by a long shot. In fact, the entire audience stood to give Mama Sox a standing ovation.
The Elliston, Ohio native really brought it last night, so had every right to be pleased with her outcome (which departing judge Simon Cowell gave an “outstanding” vote to as his final critique while Ellen DeGeneres gave her a standing ovation). “I’m pleased with my performance,” she said post-show in the Idol press room at the Nokia Theatre, adding her final song was about, “getting through tough times and I came out OK.”
If Crystal wins, said song will be her first single. The two contestants were actually allowed to select their singles this time around, unlike the sappy pap former contestants like Kris Allen and Jordin Sparks were forced to endure. I still can’t forgive Kara DioGuardi for writing – and thus making both Kris and Adam Lambert sing – “No Boundaries.”
Speaking of Kara, the 39-year-old judge also made a pit stop in the press room to chat about the final two, and, well, her comments about who should win speak for themselves.
“I think the last song Crystal sang was her defining moment of the season,” she admitted, adding, “I give Lee props for coming this far. One girl came [into this competition] and knew exactly who she was. Another guy came on and didn’t know he could really sing. You have two parallel stories. She stayed steady and he grew and almost outshined her.”
Almost. Congrats Mama Sox – you rock!
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