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Crystal Bowersox – Hand in My Pocket – Video MP3 Top 24 American Idol Performance

Crystal Bowersox sings “Hand in My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette on the American Idol 9 Top 24

Download: Hand in My Pocket

Ellen DeGeneres: I’m a fan of yours. We are lucky you decided to audition.

Kara DioGuardi: You have greatness in you.

Randy Jackson: I love the honesty.

Simon Cowell: There are thousands of you doing the same thing in subway stations. You are doing a sound-a-like. I think you are refreshing.

I’m so impressed! Harmonica for the win.

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Phillipndeb
Phillipndeb

If there's one like this girl at every subway station then LEAD ME TO THE NEXT DOWNRAMP!!!
Crystal is fantastic. When you compare the natural richness of her voice with the others, there is NO comparison. There are some other good girls in the competition (Lilly, Siobhan, Katelyn, Paige & maybe DiDi) and a couple of good guys (Alex & Lee) but no one's voice even approaches Crystal's. BTW, her sound is relevant to music from ANY decade 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's or 10's!

JoeAlmighty
JoeAlmighty

I thought she did ok. She's definitely talented, but I was expecting more than just another sound-a-like performance. I wanna hear more from her. Also, there's something I don't like about her personality. I think I do get that vibe that she doesn't care.

David
David

I like her so much...she's got a wonderful voice,including her instrumental...

Matt
Matt

Accusing someone with perception of being a child is actually pretty immature. I'm sorry you can't see what's right in front of your face, but she is obviously giving off the vibe that she doesn't care... The judges have also picked up on that vibe and commented on it in the Hollywood round.

Also, she is clearly using her child as her sob story, by bringing it up regularly... again, commented on by Simon when he says "we all love your baby". Quit acting like your stupid shit opinions are any better than my stupid shit opinions... It makes you look like... well, like a stupid shit.

colin.milford
colin.milford

I got chills...but I must admit that I also got chills from Haeley Vaughn's performance. I like both these gals (Crystal and Haeley) a lot. By the way, I MISS PAULA!

DJ Jayito
DJ Jayito

Bowersox is the most talented girl, but this wasn't my favorite performance, and I agreed with SIMON. She needs to do something different, otherwise she will appear to be just like any ordinary NYC singer. I used to live in NYC and Simon is absolutely right!

Laurirose
Laurirose

Thanks so much, Rickey, for posting these mp3 files for d/l .. you are amazing!
So generous to do this each season ;)

I absolutely love Crystal Bowersox... she and Andrew Garcia have been my top 2 picks since the auditions..
I'm a huge fan of guitar & harp w/the brace.. so cool..

Really like Lilly, Siobhan, Paige & Didi too.. hoping they all get through.. Looking fwd to the guys tonite...

P.S. Glad Ellen is on board as a judge, and expecting her to get more sophisticated in her comments as the weeks go by...

CRYSTAL FTW!
(i'm starting to visualize another crazed 'buscast' from Oakland like we did last July- how much fun would that be?!)

Thea
Thea

She can do better than that. Interested to see her perform without the guitar and the harmonica

Kara
Kara

I thought she was Awesome last night!!! She is my second favorite girl on the show this year!!! I voted for her last night!!!

amber
amber

Crystal rocks! looking forward to see her in the finals! ;)

The World
The World

Alanis Morrissette is simply the greatest female artist that ever lived!

msrue
msrue

Boring......sorry. No more harmonica please, sixties are over...........

druzilla
druzilla

For me the harmonica wasn't necessary. I'm not on the hype train but I want to hear more. She seems like she has more to offer than we saw tonight.

I hope she got Simon's point that she doesn't need to do alike performers but should do different types but in that singer-songwriter style she has.

Cera
Cera

BOW-ER-SOX! BOW-ER-SOX! BOW-ER-SOX!

Matt
Matt

I'm hating on this bitch now. Using having a son as her sob story, yet having this "I don't even give a shit that I'm here" attitude.

She also said she's only there for her son... not because she wants to sing... not because her dream is to sing. Yet, if she were to find success from it, she'll have no time for her son.

Her dumb bitch pompous attitude puts me off before she even starts to sing. Then when she does sing, I'm underwhelmed, and she is very folky.

Jobe
Jobe

A very mediocre coffeehouse singer won last year.
I'm guessing a coffeehouse singer that can actually sing might do very well this year.

Nora Ray
Nora Ray

I like her best. Honest. She's got rock and roll in her.

Teddy
Teddy

I really don't get the love for her! I think Simon's and Kara's point was right on....there are thousands of singers like Crystal in every coffee shop in every major city across the country. Finding an indie, dreadlock, guitar playing songstress is a dime a dozen. So I don't get why people want to act as if she is exceptional. I am not saying she sucks but she is not better than any girl in the competition and I think she is behind Siobhan and Lily who I both think could sing circles around her.

Worst of all her song choice was as predictable, obvious and safe as Michelle doing "Fallen" and Ashley singing Leona Lewis.

Adam
Adam

I really like her, but I don't think she came out with the impact she could of... can't wait to see what she does next week!

DonMI
DonMI

Crystal Bower-sucks... and blows...her harmonica.

Quinton
Quinton

Great Performance!! I love Crystal Bow-er-sox!! Bow-er-sox!! Bow-er-sox!! Bow-er-sox!!

Moe007
Moe007

For her first performance, not only was it a good vocal, but she played both the guitar and harmonica...and well. Definitely a highlight this evening.

Linda Munroe
Linda Munroe

I think that Crytal hit it, but I still want to hear more from Lily, Di Di, and Katie. I believe that these girls are very good and do not need American Idol to be Great Singers, they already are, but I also very much enjoyed the performances done by Haeley and Michelle. I hope my six picks make the cut. I realy enjoyed all of them, however, When Crytal brought out her harmonica, I cried, I felt it, she's got it, I see her becoming a very special and possibly big famous singer, song writer and musician she has the whole package..

Vlue
Vlue

If it was subway singing, let me tell you this --- no one would notice Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morisette or Joan Osbourne if they were singing in the subway either. That's just the reality.

Samson
Samson

reminds me of mellisa etheridge,,, i thought she did the best tonight of anyone...

franzwel
franzwel

The Mp3 is not working T_T

Philip
Philip

Rickey, my friend,
Thank you again for posting all of these wonderful articles. You are great part of my American Idol "experience".

So you know, your link and Flash gadget for Crystal's song is dead/ inop.

Ewolf.girl
Ewolf.girl

Crystal was my fav of the night. I agree that the Alanis Morrissette was not the most versatily(sp?) vocal song she could've chosen, but still felt very 'real'. Also liked Michelle, Didi, & Siobhan. Maybe Katelyn and Lily, not 100% sold on them yet.

Jobe
Jobe

I have never liked someone so much this early in the season.
Crystal, to me, is the only authentically good singer I've seen on this show in a long time.

I didn't like her song choice but this chick is great. If she's telling the truth about not watching this show in the past, I like her even more!

Rickey
Rickey

FIXED NOW. I forgot to upload it!

Lane
Lane

Is the mp3 download thing messed up? It won't play.

I think Crystal might win this season. Her, Andrew, Lilly, DiDi or Siobhan. I love Crystal's blunt honesty.

ela
ela

The mp3 is not working.

Shollia
Shollia

Yeah, looks like she's had her teeth cleaned. Whatever.
I thought the performance was ok. It was interesting and different.
I also liked her honesty during her interview. None of this sob story BS, and told the truth on why she's there. No frills, no crap. Love it.

ron
ron

this girl is so real... im loving her performances.. hope she makes it far...

@rickey
where's michelle delamor's post? D:

aly
aly

did she get her teeth done?!

bwatt27
bwatt27

She was definitely better than most of the girls tonight. I'd rank her in the top 4 performances, right up there with Siobhan, Lilly, and Michelle.

Lola
Lola

Matt,
First off, don’t call Crystal a “bitch”. You don’t know her and she is the FARTHEST thing from a “bitch”

2nd: Music is Crystal’s LIFE! That is her biggest dream, her truest passion. If she didn’t want it, she wouldn’t have gone on the show. She gives a shit. Performing is ALL that girl does. And she busts ass to do it. That IS her JOB. And she is not “pompous” she has that “attitude” because she never expected to get this far. It’s obvious she’s not as mainstream as a typical idol contestant and she knows it. She’s being standoffish and its getting misconstrued as “attitude”

3rd: She IS there for her son AND her dream. It’s not like she has control over what the producers decide to air on TV. They’re the ones who make it look like she keeps talking about her son all the time. Its not a sob story its the truth. If she wanted to give a sob story she could have just explained her whole life on idol. But Crystal is not the type to give a “sob story” to get ahead. Doing what she loves (which is performing/writing) is not providing as well as she would like for her and the person she loves most. Her son.

So get a clue Matt and look at the bigger picture. Idol only shows what they want you to see. And you’re one of the few who obviously can’t see past it.

High fives to all those “Mamasox” fans.

Lola
Lola

Matt,
First off, don't call Crystal a "bitch". You don't know her and she is the FARTHEST thing from a "bitch"

2nd: Music is Crystal's LIFE! That is her biggest dream, her truest passion. If she didn't want it, she wouldn't have gone on the show. She gives a shit. Performing is ALL that girl does. And she busts ass to do it. That IS her JOB. And she is not "pompous" she has that "attitude" because she never expected to get this far. It's obvious she's not as mainstream as a typical idol contestant and she knows it. She's being standoffish and its getting misconstrued as "attitude"

3rd: She IS there for her son AND her dream. It's not like she has control over what the producers decide to air on TV. They're the ones who make it look like she keeps talking about her son all the time. Its not a sob story its the truth. If she wanted to give a sob story she could have just explained her whole life on idol. But Crystal is not the type to give a "sob story" to get ahead. Doing what she loves (which is performing/writing) is not providing as well as she would like for her and the person she loves most. Her son.

So get a clue Matt and look at the bigger picture. Idol only shows what they want you to see. And you're one of the few who obviously can't see past it.

High fives to all those "Mamasox" fans.

Jobe
Jobe

Matt, you win the prize for being the most clueless person to ever post here.
I'm guessing you're under 14 years old.

I don't recall ever hearing Crystal say she didn't want to sing. I saw determination to provide for her child.

Shollia
Shollia

You're an idiot.
She wasn't using anything as a sob story unlike a lot of the other contestants.
She mentioned that she had a son and wanted to give him everything.
So would you rather her go out there and act completely fake?
She told it like it was. She said exactly why she was there and didn't try to sugarcoat it like everyone else does.

Lola
Lola

If you ever heard her sing outside of "Idol" you would change your mind. She's in a different environment and definately has not come out of her shell yet.

AlexPeters
AlexPeters

+1

I love how Simon called out the other judges who labeled her "original". I don't hang out in coffee shops or clubs, but I personally know 4 women (acquaintances of mine) who are on par musically with Crystal. She's not bad by any means, but she's just not as good or original as some might think. I put her in the same category as Jason Castro. Another one of Simon's comments rang true with regards to Castro. I think he said something to the effect of "there is one of you on every college campus in America." The same goes for Crystal Bowersox.

Philip
Philip

It's my cache - have a good night everyone

Philip
Philip

ah, then the link is still down... or maybe it's my cache

Lane
Lane

Thanks! I love your blog!!!!

ela
ela

Yes, I noticed that, too! She definitely did.