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Crystal Bowersox – Me and Bobby McGee – Video MP3 American Idol Top 11

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Crystal Bowersox sings Me and Bobby McGee on the American Idol Top 11

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Rickey: Wow, Crystal sounded and looked amazing. That was a winning performance.

Randy Jackson: That is what is being called a star.

Ellen DeGeneres: You are consistently great. Take it all in and respond.

Kara DioGuardi: Would you consider putting the guitar down?

Simon Cowell: I wouldn’t change anything. That was as good as Pink. You’re only gimmick is a carpet.

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Miriam
Miriam

I've already stopped watching everyone else's performances on AI. I'm just surfing the internet to find every original Crystal song I can find. Whenever she releases an album, I'm buying! I don't care about the rest of them, tried to listen to Siobhan because of all the hype but only got annoyed. She's so wrong for me in so many levels. Crystal however fits my musical taste to a tee.

perciray
perciray

Again, she's doing the same boring style everyweek I hope one of these days SIMON will have the courage to say "I'm getting tired judging you with the GUITAR, I want to see U performing without it and see what you really R made up of" Just like what he did to JASON CASTRO of AI7.. I think She will be just an ordinary singer performer.

Chris
Chris

Crystal is good and fills a niche. A bit retro, but so what?? She will sell more CD's than any AI debut since Carrie. That style of singing/music is purchased by people 40 and over. In large quantities. Purchased, not ripped LOL. I'd sign Crystal and get a CD out quickly. She can cross-over (a la Taylor) country/pop plus some blues/soul/folk. I suck at picking AI winners, but I have been right about knowing which 5 were gonna sell the most. This one's got IT...and the timing is perfect...if she gets a CD out by year-end, she will be stunningly successful. :)

MASH
MASH

Crystal is going to make a name for herself that is remembered long after she chokes to death on her own vomit.

What do you suppose she is planning for next week?
* A song of her own?
* A duet with her son?
* A smokey Billy Holiday-esque version of Sugar Sugar?

Carly Taylor
Carly Taylor

Wow, she reminded me so much of Janis Joplin. She has a voice, unlike what the current lot of singers that pass for talent today - all the Lady Gaga's, Spears, Beyonces, etc....can't hold a candle to this gal...this gal can plain sing.

etucker1967
etucker1967

When I listen to Crystal sing this song, I get watery-eyed. She just knocks my socks off. I hope she records the whole song soon, so I can hear it on the radio and download it to my mp3 player. She embodies that soulful, mother earth sound that Janis made so iconic and does it with such a sweet innocence. She elevated herself to the top of the leaderboard with this song. I am excited to think of what she will do next.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Perfection! I could listen to her all day and night!

Emma
Emma

I still think she sucks, her voice is so annoying! No way no how I would buy her album. Don't like the way she looks or her bad attitude or her fake one too!!If she ends up winning, americainidol sucks and is rigged, like every year!!!!

perciray
perciray

Crystal, is good but I need to see her sing minus the Guitar & Harmonica then we will find out her REALITY.

arkah
arkah

i beginning to like crystal again. lol. afterall, who would i root for this season? alex is long gone. :(

she's on a different league this season with almost everyone; i think siobhan is the only contestant who can out-sing her. but i like siobhan better. i want to hear her do different stuffs. you know, without a guitar or maybe another instrument she can play... or maybe another genre. simon should not exclude crystal from taking risk because i have this feeling that she's not really taking serious risks out there.

GHM
GHM

I'm a big Bowersox fan (love the name too obviously) but she really needs to work on those breathy lower notes. We all know her best moments are when she sings the long, soulful mid to high notes, but she needs to make that lower register more solid, especially if she intends to sing more Janis Joplin.

Yinne
Yinne

Crystal Bowersox is a REAL star.. I love her the moment I saw and heard her in Hollywood week.. Go Mama Sox!

tim
tim

I have picked the winner correctly every year except when I picked Daughtry,he should have won any way.Crystal WILL win. She has that quiet look to her.Remember, Still waters run deep.She is very basic,but at the same time all business.She is SMOKIN' HOT, and has as much talent as David Cook.Look I don't want to seem jaded,but it's between her and Big Mike.They both are their way to a whole new life style.Couldn't be happier for them.

keith
keith

I LOVE HER....I hope she s going to win.

Lisa Mullins
Lisa Mullins

O.M.G..... Crystal is so good... I love her she is the best on idol this year i see her winning it this year!!!

Melissa
Melissa

I Love Crystal! Her Lee, and Sibobhn NEED TO BE IN THE TOP 3 please please lol

amber
amber

i think she is the best musician i've seen on idol. i'm not sucked in but she's unassailably good. i think she should steer v v clear of janis and other similar singers though. risk of being too sound-a-like.

square
square

It's not scatting, it's rock n roll. It seems to me like you listen to too much generic pop music. This is so much better than Lady Gaga and her stupid disco stick. Wth. There was nothing pitchy about this. Randy is an idiot. He says the same things all the time. He's boring. Siobhan's performance was an effin mess.

jas886
jas886

You know what, maybe she isn't mainstream, but who cares! She is damn good at what she does and that is more than any of the other contestants can sing. I don't care if Katie Stevens sings some shitty current song. She sucks and will never make it. Crystal at least has the talent to warrant a recording career and isn't that what the show is about. I'd rather reward the most talented and deserving than cater to the awfulness that mainstream music has become.

nlkt
nlkt

she's just amazing! love her!

Jenna
Jenna

Not a fan of this song... It was going well until the end when it sounded like she was having a hoe-down. She's obviously really talented but I still don't see any mainstream potential with her voice or musical style, hopefully whatever she has planned for next week really is something different because she is getting so boring.

Marie Ruffin
Marie Ruffin

good performance. But will people pay to see her unless she's in a coffee shop? Honest, if they're looking for someone to fill a stadium, I don't see her being that person. Even Dolly Parton put away the guitar.

Quinton
Quinton

It was a little pitchy. But Great performance.

Shollia
Shollia

Love Crystal. I usually can't stand scatting, or whatever that singing style is called, but her tone of voice and how effortless and natural she is makes it great.

LindaMunroe
LindaMunroe

We love Crystal! Every week she hits the mark, she sets the stage, she sets the standards, she is the whole package. True Musician, singer and songwriter....Cant wait to buy her CD's and Concert Tickets. The Munroe Family from Florida loves you Crystal!

siobhan ownd bowrsux
siobhan ownd bowrsux

lol!, the only people who think crystal is not crap are the homeless and the biker gangs

Fan # 1
Fan # 1

This was a very good performance. I think she will go a long way. Right now I predict her and Siobhan for the finale and hopefully Siobhan for the win... but we still have a long time to go.

Jazzy
Jazzy

Best of the night. Easily. Don't know if that says much though.

siobhan ownd bowrsux
siobhan ownd bowrsux

okay, crystal ,boring!! SIMON knows there are more fans for Siobhan so he is trying to weigh down her stardom power!!, siobhan got standing ovation from miley, she was loved by all three judges, shes the bets in the show and no matter who gets the title AI...Siobhan Magnus IS THE SHOW!

Thornton Mulchwegger
Thornton Mulchwegger

Crystal is the kind of singer that I pass by and ignore on the street. Meh.

ron
ron

that was fun to hear/watch :D

definitely becoming stronger and better week after week

crystal ftw

a Rose
a Rose

Vocally, that was stunning. I'm still looking for something unexpected from Crystal.

anoni
anoni

I'm starting to love her :)

Shannon
Shannon

First time I heard her sing I thought she sounded like a cross between Janis Joplin and Sugarland. Complete opposite ends of the spectrum! She is so genuine and effortless. I've been saying she needs to do a Joplin song one week and follow it up with a Sugarland song the next. Maybe that's her big surprise for next week. If she does it I'm buying a lottery ticket immediately!

eugene
eugene

Bobsaccamanna, you nailed it! There is absolutely nothing annoying or boring about her voice. I could listen to her all night. Everyone else definitely pales by comparison. I would buy her CD today!

Cruel
Cruel

Once again, I can't argue with you Thornton. Even if she win this season, she won't sell record.

My theory is Simon wants to support Crystal so that AI9 winner will be an actress that won't sell huge records and will be forgotten easily. Thus, most of watchers won't believe in American Idol dream anymore and will switch watching the upcoming X-factor of his show instead.

It's a business strategy, Simon is a smart person (sneaky)

Thornton Mulchwegger
Thornton Mulchwegger

Emma, I don't think her voice is annoying. It just does nothing. It's like the voice of a million other street buskers. Nothing special.

bobsaccamanna
bobsaccamanna

her voice is annoying??? what the hell are you listening to,she won't win of course because there are too many tone deaf nitwits like you,and teeny boppers voting for talentless nerds like Tim Urban.She is not only easily the best contestant this year,but possibly the best and most unique talent ever on AI.And as far as coming out from behind her guitar and harmonica,would anyone ever ask Melissa Etheridge or Bonnie Raitt to put down their instrument and just sing..don't be a fool..she is a singer/songwriter..not Lady Gaga

Thornton Mulchwegger
Thornton Mulchwegger

If you were talking to me, you've pegged me incorrectly. I despise Lady Gaga with all my heart and soul. So, yeah.

Thornton Mulchwegger
Thornton Mulchwegger

But Crystal won't sell. She won't. No one buys that kind of busky music. If people want to hear that, they can just go to the nearest street corner and find a reasonable facsimile of a smelly-looking, dreadlocked "artist."

Misha
Misha

I believe Janis Joplin could fill stadiums.
Crystal will draw plenty of people...a voice like that doesn't come along every day.
It doesn't matter whether she wins or not.......she's the only one in the bunch who's going to definitely have a contract and a career.
But I hope she wins because she deserves it. Just wish she weren't stuck with the mediocrity of season 9.

Shollia
Shollia

Isn't it past your bedtime little one....

perciray
perciray

I agree, every AI SEASON WHOEVER SIMON IS PIMPING TO WIN UNLUCKY LOOSE EVERYTIME.

Cruel
Cruel

I am 100% agree with you Thornton. I don't know why these people love her. Its really boring, you can find this kind of talent and voice in every corner on train stations.

Thornton Mulchwegger
Thornton Mulchwegger

Whatever floats your boat. My opinion shouldn't change your fanatic idolatry.

But, just so you know, not everyone is feeling your smelly-looking idol.

Stefan
Stefan

Really? I wouldn't say cool, I'd say he's an idiot.

Jobe
Jobe

You must be really cool but nobody cares.

Maybe Baby
Maybe Baby

IA. Vocally, that was just incredible. She's such an honest performer and no gimmicks at all. When I heard she was doing Janis, though, I worried for her because it just seemed like a "safe" choice for her -- people have been comparing her to Janis Joplin all along and she'd already done "Piece of My Heart." HOWEVER, she managed to take something I thought would be very predictable and make it into something completely unique and all her own! Damn! How hard is it to do a Janis Joplin song and not have the audience miss Janis Joplin!? Because to be honest, when Crystal B did Piece of My Heart earlier, I still would've rather heard it by JJ. Tonight was a new high for Crystal. She did not have to compete with the memory of a song whatsoever: this was all her. Mm, and I may be in the minority but I didn't care for Ellen's advice at all. When someone goes on stage and gives a performance as good as this, they've already given more than anyone owes their audience. I don't need her smiling at me and holding my hand to make me feel good that they feel good.