Crystal Bowersox, the current American Idol frontrunner, gave fans a scare the second week in the semi-final rounds, as she was rushed to the hospital due to diabetes complications. Needless to say, Bowersox bounced back quickly, showing fans that she’s in it to win it. And if her latest performances say anything, they’re telling us that she’s unquestionably the one to beat.

Last week, the indie-folk 24-year-old single mother gave one of the more memorable performances on this season’s "Idol" to date – a rendition of Janis Joplin’s Me and Bobby McGee. Though not a complete knock-off of Joplin’s signature song, Bowersox’s interpretation managed to channel Joplin (which she seems to do in every performance) and still somehow managed, as the judges like to say, “make it her own.” Simon Cowell said Bowersox’s version was just as good as Pink’s. And Cowell knows music like nobody’s business.


Raised in Ellison, Ohio, Bowersox moved to Chicago in her early 20s, getting by on waitressing and performing at local gigs. She then moved back to northwest Ohio and performed in local bars before giving birth to her son. Bowersox even had her music and bio on the website, where unsigned artists go to try to become “the next big sound”.

During last week’s elimination show, host Ryan Seacrest asked Bowersox if she should listen to Cowell or judge Kara DioGuardi for advice. Bowersox, with her earthly charm, simply said, “Me.”

Watch Bowersox and the other nine contestants get some soul in R&B Week, with help from mentor Usher, on American Idol March 30 at 8 p.m. EST.

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Story by TiffanyElle

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