To say this was the least exciting season ever of American Idol is a gross understatement. It was dull, lifeless and boring. A combination of too many guitars, uninspiring mentors (Jamie Foxx? Really?) and bad theme nights (don’t dare let me hear you mention “classics” and “could hear on the radio today” in the same breath, like the idiots over at AI). In any event, I fast-forwarded through 90% of the content, but found an artist I could connect with and who I enjoyed singing, no matter what theme they thrust upon her: Crystal Bowersox.
Crystal lost last night, but I will buy her album. I kept hearing people say that she isn’t radio-friendly, which is bullshit when you look at artists such as Alanis Morrisette (who performed with Crystal last night), Tracy Chapman, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Ethridge. Okay, so none of them are burning up the charts today, but they have each held their own and created a body of work of which they can be proud. Crystal would do fine among those ladies. If you didn’t watch, I understand why. American Idol is a cheesy popularity contest. But… Crystal, bad teeth, crazy hair and all, is a real artist. She will do fine.