In a season of disappointing singers and overly critical judges, “American Idol” has had one constant–Crystal Bowersox. And after a Tuesday night performance that saw Alicia Keys mentor the remaining Top 7 contestants, one has to wonder if Crystal is destined to win season nine of “Idol.”
On a night where the theme was inspiration, Bowersox chose “People Get Ready,” ditching the guitar for her funky microphone stand. Bowersox brought true emotion to the stage, even getting a bit choked up during the final moments of the performance.
But it’s not the tears that makes “Mama Sox” a favorite to win “Idol.” Unlike Andrew Garcia, who entered with high expectations but stumbled for weeks while discovering who he was as an artist, Crystal knows who she is. It oozes out of her and one can’t help but feel transfixed at the talent and honesty that she displays on stage. Whether she’s rocking out on Elvis Presley week while performing “Saved” or putting away her guitar for a beautiful rendition of “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Crystal continues to show that she’s a jack of all trades; When you think you’ve figured out her “thing,” she shows you something brand new.
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Crystal’s primary competition is most likely Lee DeWyze, a great singer who has shown steady improvement and a boatload of confidence over the past month. Weeks back, Simon said Lee finally had his “moment.”
But can Lee scrounge up enough votes to beat out Crystal, who seems to never have a bad night on stage? In a handful of weeks, we’ll know for sure.
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