Two days removed from finishing second to Lee DeWyze on the “American Idol” Season 9 finale, runner-up Crystal Bowersox is still full of good spirits and kind words.
She spoke with the press Friday, May 28 about performing with Alanis Morissette, her recent break-up and her plans moving forward.
On the duet with Alanis Morissette:
I thought Alanis was amazing. She’s a kind and gentle spirit … It was very genuine, performing was really where we communicated.
On her “Idol” journey as a whole:
I’m a pretty smart girl and I knew what I was signing up for, at
least I had a good idea anyway. I’m rolling with the punches, that’s
what I’ve done with everything in my life. I’ll do with what makes me
On her recent break-up with boyfriend Tony:
Tony’s been my rock through all of this. He’s been there for me and he’s
been amazing. I have a great amount of respect and love for him. It was a
mutual thing. He’s a small town guy and wants a simple, quiet life and I
respect that of him. This is my career, this is what I’ve strived for
my whole life. We’re going to be okay, we’re going to be friends for a
How has her son handled all of this:
I’m sure he doesn’t grasp it, he’s 16 months. His favorite word is ‘awesome’ right now. He’s having a good time, he’s well taken care of. He’s just a happy little guy. I balance it the way any other mother does — greeting the day with love and joy because you have your child in your life. You wake up, you take care of him, you go to work and you come home.
What does she think her album is going to be like:
My music is pretty versatile. I’ve got songs that are a lot of different genres and styles. I really don’t think I should be pigeonholed into any one thing … My influences are pretty straight-forward, but I definitely have my own sound and style. It might be a familiar sound, but at the same time, my songwriting is simple songs that people can relate to and enjoy and hopefully learn something from my experience.
Was she disappointed she didn’t win?
I looked up at Lee’s confetti falling down and thought, “This is my
confetti.” I’ve won vicariously through Lee because I can empathize so much … I love Lee, he’s super-talented and I would buy his album in a heartbeat.
And what did she learn from the experience?
I’ve known who I am as an artist and as a human being for a very long time. “Idol” has really shown me what I’m capable of. I’m not sure there are going to be group numbers and dancers in my career after “Idol,” but I know that after going through all that, I know I can do a lot. “Idol” taught me a lot and I’m forever grateful for that.