April 21, 2010
Posted: 06:06 PM ET
by Michael Slezak
Lucky for us, then, that Crystal Bowersox is not a girl, but rather, a full-grown woman. And she proved that point tonight by putting down her armor, entering the Idoldome in an emotionally naked state, and delivering a rendition of the Impressions' "People Get Ready" that, if American Idol were played like Monopoly, would be the equivalent of getting a "Go directly to the Nokia. Do not pass 'Go,' do not collect $200" card.
Even those who've accused MamaSox of rarely straying from variations on an Earth-goddess theme would have to admit that the season 9 front-runner shook things up tonight by performing without an instrument and rocking a slinky black gown with a plunging neckline (no small cause for applause, given the general lack of sartorial excitement over the past eight weeks of live performances). And as Crystal kicked things off with an a capella first verse that already had the emotions at a serious simmer, there was a palpable sense in the air that we were witnessing something special.
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