April 21, 2010

'American Idol' recap: The Power of Good Cry

Posted: 06:06 PM ET

by Michael Slezak


Big girls don't cry. Or at least that's what Frankie Valli, Fergie, and even season 9's Robot Girl Contestant have sung with varying degrees of believability. 

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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Cajazz76:24:8   April 21st, 2010 11:40 pm ET

Crystal will definitely be a top two finalist and quite possibly the next American Idol. I think Michael Slezak had exaggerated a bit as to why you teared up last night. It was obvious that you place a high regard on family and seeing your father in the audience drew out your emotions. Quite normal and very admirable and as much a pleasure to see as it is to hear you sing. From the start you exuded that earth-bound persona that is your moniker..keep it. It will be your legacy as it no doubt already is. Get ready for stardom and handle it as you handle life now. No need to find a personality anew, you have the best you could ever find..the one you were born with....

Donald L Allen   April 21st, 2010 11:44 pm ET

way can I not get a girl like you and what is the deal with the US you tell me what maybe I don,t read all the line bout you or Kurt well right if I was a young man I wood take you down right see you on top I hop as a big star the profit right see what it is or what it well do four you and were you go to in the Acting if you were a stare if you or a stare what is it about that girl I like see you Donald L Allen Be good I want

Donald L Allen   April 21st, 2010 11:48 pm ET

Love you girlfriend Be good see you Girlfriend in the show right I hop to be your first see you wen it hap ion you no what you think about me and you going out right what is fame and way do people go there Donald L Allen I,M next to kin to Jerry luaus see you Be good

Cajazz76:24:8   April 22nd, 2010 3:27 pm ET

Donald L. Allen

I can never dispute a single word you say...

Cheryl   April 22nd, 2010 5:30 pm ET

What a bunch of crap!
Their ratings are in the toilet, that is why all the drama is going on.
Dancing with the stars is more popular.

Diane Wilson   April 25th, 2010 8:57 am ET

The best news about American Idol is that that smug, self-satisfied, over-made -up Simon Cowell is leaving.
There is nobody as obnoxious as a closet Queen.

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