Consider this my official bid for a season finale selection, Crystal! I want to hear you sing like your doppelganger!
Crystal Bowersox has faithfully been my favorite American Idol contestant this season. Her voice is husky and flawless, her stage presence is comfortable and assured — and she has always remained true to herself. But now I have one more reason to love the 24-year-old Elliston, Ohio native — she’s honest and without any of the arrogance that comes with burgeoning fame.
While chatting with the four remaining contestants in the American Idol green room May 11, I asked which artist they considered themselves to be most like. While the guys — Michael Lynche, Lee DeWyze and Casey James — huffed and puffed that they were ‘true originals’ (please), Crystal was confident enough to admit that she IS influenced by one particular artist: Melissa Etheridge.
“A lot of artists influence me,” she told me exclusively, but added, “I would have to say that my favorite is Melissa Etheridge, and it comes through in the music. We have similar life stories — the small town, farm-girl thing and moving on up and making our own ways in the world. I try to emulate her, but I still very much do my own thing.”
For the duration of this season, fans have been fervently hoping that Mama Sox would do a sexy, bluesy Melissa song. Consider this my plea, Crystal — I NEED to hear you sing “I’m The Only One” before this season is through!