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Crystal Bowersox of 'American Idol' performs
Singer: Crystal Bowersox
Song: "Hand in My Pocket"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Is this the Year of the Busker for "American Idol"? Because Crystal wouldn't be caught dead without her guitar and she plays with the same confident assertiveness that Lilly showed. She also spends a solid 10 seconds of her performance on a harmonica solo. Why? Because she CAN. I suspect the harmonica versatility is her way of flipping off her "Idol" rivals. She's so comically unapologetic. She's all, "Wash my hair? You wash your darned hair. I'm me." The vocals? Simple. Pure. Nicely inflected. Not anywhere near her potential.
Ellen, Randy, Kara and Simon Say: Randy loves her originality as an artist. Ellen's pleased that Crystal adds something fresh to the show. Simon warns Crystal that there are thousands of her performing in subways. Are there thousands? Hmmm... Probably not. But there really are dozens, perhaps. He backtracks on his criticism, though, and calls her "refreshing." Kara thought she was good, but she's capable of greatness, urging her to be more than a coffeehouse performer.