American Idol has crowned the winner of their season nine competition. Lee DeWyze, a Chicago musician and former paint salesman, nabbed the top spot, while Northwest Ohio-native and Toledo School for the Arts graduate Crystal Bowersox came in a close second. Holland, Ohio-based Midwest Tape has been cheering for Bowersox since the competition’s beginning, and we applaud her for an amazing Idol season.
Crystal impressively rocked the Idol stage throughout the season, boasting such memorable performances as Janis Joplin’s “Me and Bobby McGee,” Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed,” and the Patty Griffin tune “Up to the Mountain.”
Born in small-town Elliston, Ohio, Crystal later attended school at Oak Harbor High School and later at the Toledo School for the Arts. After high school, Crystal struggled as a musician along the streets and subways of Chicago and then took up singing gospel at her church; (read more of Bowersox’s bio).
After auditioning for Idol, Crystal headed to Hollywood where she sped past the show’s other competitors, proving her originality and artistry through ace song selections and excellent guitar playing. During her Idol-sponsored hometown visit, Crystal drew in upwards of 10,000 fans for her downtown parade and concert and over 13,000 for her singing of the national anthem at Fifth-Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens (Fox Toledo: Northwest Ohio embraces Bowersox).
Here at Midwest Tape, we’re very excited to see a talented musician from Northwest Ohio succeeding in such a bright spotlight. We’d like to congratulate her on a job well done. We know that there are great things in store for this talented musician. Make sure you stay tuned for upcoming albums from both Crystal and Idol champ Lee DeWyze.
What are your thoughts on the Idol season? What do you think patron demand will be like for any upcoming Idol albums?