Crystal Bowersox is the runner-up of the ninth season of American Idol.
was born on August 4, 1985 in Elliston, OH. She began playing music at ten years old, while growing up in her family's farm. She usually plays the guitar and harmonica, but also learned playing the piano as a child.
Before joining the show, she performed in several train stations. She is currently a single mom, raising her son while pursuing a music career. She also suffers from diabetes, the reason for her sudden hospitalization during Top 20 week, resulting in a last-minute schedule switch between the girls and the guys.
She joined American Idol through auditions in Chicago, and quickly became the frontrunner of the competition.
Top 24: "Hand In My Pocket" - Alanis Morissette
Top 20: "Long As I Can See The Light" - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Top 16: "Give Me One Reason" - Tracy Chapman
Top 12: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" - Rolling Stones
Top 11: "Me and Bobby McGee" - Roger Miller
Top 10: "Midnight Train to Georgia" - Gladys Knight and the Pips
Top 9 Week 1: "Come Together" - The Beatles
Top 9 Week 2: "Saved" - Elvis Presley
Top 7: "People Get Ready" - The Impressions
Top 6: "No One Needs To Know" - Shania Twain
Top 5: "Summer Wind" - Wayne Newton
Top 4 Solo: "I'm Alright" - Kenny Loggins
Top 4 Duet: "Falling Slowly" - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (with Lee Dewyze)
Top 3 Contestant's Pick: "Come To My Window" - Melissa Etheridge
Top 3 Judges' Pick: "Maybe I'm Amazed" - Paul McCartney
Top 2 Reprise: "Me and Bobby McGee" - Roger Miller
Top 2 Simon Fuller Pick: "Black Velvet" - Alannah Myles
Top 2 Winner's Single: "Up to the Mountain" - Patty Griffin
24 years old as of the time she learned she made season 9, Feb 2010,of American Idol.
Crystal's first public performance was at the age of 7 years old.
Describes herself as a part blues part folk rock artist.
Crystal plays guitar and harmonica.
Has a 1 year old son.
When she was told she made the top 24 she immediately pulled out a picture of her son as she thanked the 4 judges.
She was the last of the 12 female finalist to meet with the judges to learn of her good fortune.
Says her musical inspirations include: Melissa Etheridge, Sista Otis, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, and especially admires Janis Joplin.
She has a giant sunflower tattooed on her back.
Crystal grew up on a farm in Ohio