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May 27, 2010

Bowersox

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.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Randall permalink
    May 27, 2010 10:05 AM

    ….I stopped taking American Idol seriously after Fantasia’s win! You may find marginal talent amongst the contestants, but hardly “the next big thing”.. Crystal, however, will do just fine and her contributions will be appreciated by many. Thanks JOE!

    • May 27, 2010 10:08 AM

      this is true… 99.7% of the contestants don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of becoming a true star. that being said, Carrie Underwood is a BEAST. A beast, I tell ya.

  2. Ash permalink
    May 27, 2010 10:42 AM

    I agree– I loved Crystal! She had such….soul in her voice.I love that she’s unapologetic for her song choices and her style. Her self-awareness and confidence are what made her so different from all the other contestants. I liked her for the very same reasons I liked Adam Lambert. She is such a mix of things that reflect this very moment in our cultural landscape : she’s a white girl with dreads. A single Mom. She’s a dress and combat boots. She’s actual size (not like some of those other girls who are in need of a burger or 7). She’s ordinary and extraordinary. And I don’t care what anyone says– the rebirth of singer/song writer/political/campfire/grassroots/acoustic is just on the horizon. Lilth Fair is back on tour for a reason. What is old will be new again. With all the plugged in/tech-y/overproduced stuff of today we will crave the real and raw intimacy of an artist like Crystal. To me– the choice was….clear.

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