May 27th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

'Idol's' Crystal Bowersox and boyfriend split

Not only did Crystal “MamaSox” Bowersox lose the "American Idol" title, she also lost her beau.

The runner-up revealed during an interview on “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest’s radio program that she and her boyfriend, “Big Tony,” broke up the day of the season’s final performance show.

“He went home,” Bowersox said. “He wasn't cool with the lifestyle."

Throughout the season, “Big Tony” was spotted in the audience cheering MamaSox on to victory, and she had even hinted a time or two that she wouldn’t mind making their relationship more permanent.

But the singer told Seacrest and judge Kara DioGuardi, who accompanied her on the radio show, that there was no animosity between her and her ex. She said she saddened that they broke up on the day she took the stage in her last attempt to win.

Rather than letting it get her down, the single mother said, she used the experience to help inspire her in achieving the music career she has long wanted.

"He's a small-town guy and that's fine,” Bowersox said. “I'm a small-town girl, but I want this. I want this more than anything, this career, this lifestyle. I didn't think he was up for it ... he didn't think he was up for it."


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  1. JH

    Crystal is very very talented and I like her style. I have not looked forward the the cd's of contestants in the past, but (like what Ellen Degeneres said as well) Crystal's cd I am looking forward to purchasing. I wish them all success, but I agree with the folks who say that of the final two, she is the one who can look forward to an exceptional career.

    May 30, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Talli Dixon

    Chrystal is not only the best singer writer that has ever been on Idol she is the best female singer writer (living or dead)that I have ever heard( Farmers Daughter and Holy Toledo) are the most heart grabbing songs I have ever heard I get chills just listening to these 2 songs she wrote and sings.Most of the country have not had a chance to hear her sing the songs she wrote herself when they do get that chance with her first album there will be no doubt who is the best female artist in America today.

    May 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. valleyGIRL

    This should not be about "who" deserved to win. That implies that either Lee or Crystal may have been UN-deserving! Lee did get first place and i feel he is very deserving of the win, but if it would have been Crystal she would be deserving as well. The placement doesn't even count, really.....first or second place they will both go very far in their careers. So i say congrats to them both!

    May 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mr Speed

    In a season that I found to be rather lackluster I have this to say.
    I thought Casey was better than Lee and I thought FOR SURE Crystal would win.
    Shows you what I know,huh???

    Crystal, if the young man can handle your new found fame and soon to be fortune...
    It's his loss!!!

    You have to do what is right for you AND your child.
    if this is what is right, then DO IT girl!!!

    Now get in that studio and record that CD so I can buy it!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jae

    Man, it seems like (except for Carrie) all of the girls that won it, went to the same buffet. Kelly is still the best singer but i was like, who is that??? she looked like ms. piggy. I had a crush on her once. I dont have that much crush to muster anymore. Taylor hicks, wasnt he the one that sang the Michael McDonald song for Mr. McDonald. What a joke he was. he was SO much better than Daughtry, right. Crystal was more talented but she did get annoying, but Lee, I wish you the best, but I hope you have the money to buy your own albums, because I dont need another kareoke singer. Ruben and "Baby's Mama" singer would have been good, but "Baby's Mama?" SERIOUSLY AS A SONG? C'mon Man? Kris Allen seemed like he won a contest at his all white school as the best singer and he made it as a special guest. AI winner he is not. Lambert was a waste of time. Hitting high notes doesnt mean you can sing, Lambert and Sioban (she was the worst. Didi, you are great with many talents. I wish you all of the best.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Head Diva In Charge

    Crystal will ultimately be the winner. Just like Adam Lambert last year! And who cares about some home town looser – good luck on your new amazing life Crystal!

    May 28, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yea right

    that dreadful broad with dreads deserved to lose she was just a one trick pony.........LEE won whoo hoooo HE deserved it..he had grown over the weeks....what did crystal do????? nothing stood there and argued with the judges wouldn't change any thing...she clearly doesn't like to be told what to do.....she is not gonna make it far in this bussiness

    May 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Lee as the AI winner is the biggest travesty in the history of AI. The "safe" contestant will always win becasue of "teeny-boppers", those who vote for the worst candidate purposefully, and middle America who will not vote for edgy/talented artists like Crystal, Adam, or Daughtry. Crystal will out-perform Lee just as Adam will out perform "what's-his-name" from last year. (Was his name Chris?) Also, there is not a dime's worth of difference between Lee and last year's winner. Both quitar strumming singers with limited range and appealing to young girls. It will not be Simon leaving or Paula having left that will bring down Idol; it's going to be the voters that will bring it down with their choices of lesser talent.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bo

    Joyce

    It's not about looks, you moron. It's about talent. Crystal clearly had more talent than anyone, including Lee. AI has turned into nothing but a popularity contest. No point in watching it anymore and especially with Paula and Simon gone

    LOOKS are a huge part of A.I. are you serious? What Idol show have you been watching all these years?

    May 28, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. Bo

    Hope she remembers how he dumped her on her big night so that when she does become successful and HE wants to get in on the fun, she says NO....

    Haha!! Right! She's a frickin hippie! Just as Wiseguy says. Her gaydar is pegging out too. She has a decent voice but it's average and nothing unique. Lee has what we are looking for today, or at least the majority hence winning A.I. I know the girls are a lil' bit sour and salty on him winning but get over it. The A.I. voters are I'm sure 90/10 female over male so suck it up and thank your female voters! If "Tummy-sox" was actually hot I'm sure more guys would have voted for her. We're talking dirty dreads and yellow teeth here! Be for real!! If she gets any kind of record deal maybe she can drop the pooch, hair and see a dentist.

    May 28, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Kal

    I think they were both very talented, although Crystal may have edged Lee out on that one. I voted for Lee though because I would rather listen to him compared to Crystal. Stop knocking everyone for choosing someone they liked more.

    May 28, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  12. geekgirl

    Crystal pings my gaydar big time.

    May 28, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • james

      Your gaydar is clearly broken, and shouldn't be trusted to point out the gays.

      May 28, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. H-Bezzy

    He was an ugly loser anyway.

    May 28, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Lisa

    Now she and Lee can finally hook up!!!! Good riddance, hometown boy...enjoy the new life, Crystal!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joan

    I tried to vote for Crystal but could not get through any of the lines listed–worse I would get a recording saying thanks for holding and then a fast busy sound. I tried for two hours. I've since heard from several friends (and strangers in the local market) they had same experience!!!!! I don't trust the results at all!!!! Crystal, I know you got more votes than were tallied. Best of luck in your career!!

    May 28, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  16. Thierry

    Bowersox has no integrity, and we have noticed that during the last two appearances.
    Let Lee free, and get back to her boyfriend.
    Or she might lose everything.

    May 28, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  17. Ari Carlos Sipriani

    Mama, vc foi a única candidata que mereceu ir para a final. Foi a mais humilde e sincera, e também a mais inovadora e criativa em termos musicais. Merecia até ter vencido, que não seria demérito nenhum. Vc tem um longo caminho no campo artístico, a experiência que voçe adquiriu no Idol, vai reforçar a tua bagagem musical, para o futuro.

    May 28, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  18. Oh Pin Yun

    The people who voted 500 times each got LEE his winning votes.

    Each of them will not buy 500 copies of his recordings.

    I predict that Crystal will outsell LEE over the years and in just a few years we'll be saying, "Lee Who?"

    May 28, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • melh

      I agree....like last year's winner Kris Allen..i have only seen him on Ford commercials, heard one song on the radio and yet Adam Lambert,the runner up is all over the place.....As for Lee, he was just average not much different from Kris Allen...the whole idea of Idol was to find someone fresh, different and unique with soaring talent..that person was Crystal Bowersox.....Lee got all the little girl votes, like you said, probably 500 times each..would love to know just how much he won by....I agree with your prediction, we will be hearing a lot more from Crystal and Lee will probably go the way of back up band to a lead band and then eventually fade...he was good, but he was no Idol. Mammasox rox!

      May 28, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Vikki

      @Melh – They said during the finale that only 2% separated the winner from the runner up. Did they say how many total votes came in? That's the part I didn't catch.

      May 28, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • James

      What are you talking about? America always gets it right, and the winners always have amazing careers like: Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen, Ruben Studdard....oops, guess those aren't good examples. America has gotten it right twice: Kelly, and Carrie. Everyone else was a popularity vote.

      May 28, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  19. ShamanNora

    After the entire season and Crystal giving hints and waiting, Tony copped out. Good riddance, Crystal. On to better men. Maybe Crystal and Lee have a thing going on? I don't know, and I don't care. I just hope she will be happy. I have no doubt she'll be very successful – she's a pro with amazing talent and creativity.

    May 28, 2010 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Hope she remembers how he dumped her on her big night so that when she does become successful and HE wants to get in on the fun, she says NO....

      May 28, 2010 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  20. Gerard L. Hawley

    According to other contestants Crystal had two personas the private and the public and the private wasn’t very nice. Knowing this I am glade Lee won! What goes around comes around!!!!!

    May 28, 2010 at 3:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      That is categorically untrue. I live in the Toledo area and know many of her family members, former classmates, musicians and bar owners who have worked with her, etc. Do you care to name any of these "other contestants"? Did they tell you directly or grant a public interview? I thought not.

      May 28, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  21. Hotformamasox

    Crystal not attractive??? The moment I saw her I thought she was the best looking female on stage. Infact I didn't even care to watch the show except for her being on it. Absolutly Beautiful in my book, and a voice that I will hopefully be hearing for a long time to come.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
    • tony

      Common man, I wouldn't even go that far...haha

      May 28, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • wiseguy

      Hotformamasox YOU MUST BE BLIND. There were at least 5 better looking femals on Idol 2010. You better get some glasses. Didi, Lacey, Katie, siobhan and Paige. Its time for the HIPPIE to go home

      May 28, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Joyce

        It's not about looks, you moron. It's about talent. Crystal clearly had more talent than anyone, including Lee. AI has turned into nothing but a popularity contest. No point in watching it anymore and especially with Paula and Simon gone.

        May 28, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  22. Daniel

    How is the runner-up on season whatever of American Idol and her boyfriend breaking up news? In a couple of years we won't even remember her name, so why would we care about some guy she dated?

    May 28, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  23. Emily In Stockholm

    She's an amazing talent, and has a long career ahead of her, regardless of her not winning. I also happen to find her cute, and very sweet. I don't care if she doesn't "fit the mold", as many of you would have it. In fact, I'm happy she doesn't! I like her dreads. I like her smile. I like her style.
    Some comments here are beyond shallow, and should be kept to yourselves.
    Chris Daughtry, Adam Lambert, Jennifer Hudson, and now Crystal Bowersox. Need I say more??

    As for her beau, it was awful timing on his part, and speaks volumes, I think.
    She's better off.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  24. Angie

    He couldn't wait one more day to break up with her? I see this as him trying to sabotage her success. He wanted her to lose, so he did the one thing he could do that would throw her off her game. Or so he thought! Jerk. Who breaks up with someone they care about on the biggest day of their life??? Someone pathetic, that's who.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  25. Steven

    Some pepole are so uptight if there partner is a star and they are not ,I would understand that fact. . BIG TONY, just lost out on a wonderful woman. Chystal got my vote due to her singing voice and her wonderful personalitty. Keep up the good work Chrystal. You got my support. Enjoy this time of your life. To me, you came out on top. Enjoy the rest of your life and keep rockin.
    Steve

    May 28, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  26. dcgirl

    I think most of the stars that idol has created are the ones that got voted off and didn't win...

    May 28, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |
  27. Bendover

    Bowersox belongs in a dress and heels like Bush belonged in the white house.

    May 28, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  28. James

    Honestly I think Crystal knew she wasnt going to win on Tuesday night, reason why she thanked Simon and the judges for giving her the huge opportunity she received. Lee is marketable abd Crystal wont change her ways... did Bono? did Lennon? did Madonna.... NOPE Crystal do this for you and your child. You are stunning and your voice is pure. Congratulations!

    May 28, 2010 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  29. Ann

    I am from Toledo! Run Baby Run ! You have more talent in your little finger then most I've seen on Idol. Most of the people are good singers, but girl you breathe it ! Not winning may be the best thing that ever happened to you! Some record company (many) will be courting you! Get a good lawyer ready and a fresh pen !

    May 28, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  30. Rita

    Guys, seriously, nobody knows what really happened. And probably we'll never find out. I personally do not buy Crystal's version. Could be she changed her mind or whatever, we'll never know. It's hard to live in a public eye like that, I don't blame the guy if that's really the case.

    May 28, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  31. Anne

    Heck yeah she can sing. I think there is more to being an idol though. She was so extremely unpleasant to look at. She looks so uncomfortable in every outfit they poured her into. And please, please, no more close up face shots. I had to close my eyes to enjoy her amazing voice.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      Wow, how shallow can you get? Crystal didn't pick those outfits. The stylists at AI did, trying to "package" her for people like you. I happen to think she looks fine. If we all followed your standards, a lot of great female singers would never have cut a single - Aretha, Ann Wilson of Heart, Chrissie Hynde, Melissa Etheridge, even Janis Joplin. You can have Lee. Just be sure you have AutoTune handy, too.

      May 28, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • dlb19595

      Anne you are right! I think that was her ultimate down fall. It's sad to say but that is how the music industry is. Hasn't anyone heard the tough time they gave Ann Wilson or Kelly Clarkson, Carnie Wilson, Mama Cass etc, etc it all boils down to their looks and women have it much harder than men. Some dresses she looked good in other's not so much her heels made her look like a fish out of water. Even Simon has mentioned many times about the way people look when they perform. It's all part of the package............I like Crystal but her downfall is her Janis Joplin wardrobe and look.

      May 28, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  32. navyboy

    Well maybe now she will get that snaggle tooth fixed?

    May 27, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  33. mdyer

    Crystal will be just fine. She overcame tremendous odds as a diabetic person to almost win. She is charming and dedicated and seems to have a lot of heart. She's not trying to be a model- she's a singer, and I think she will go far. It's easy for people to say cruel things, but I'm pulling for her to have a great career, and would go to her concert.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Lisa

    I'm glad she got rid of her beard. I hope she will be brave enough to come out soon.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      You do not know her or anything about her personal life. Please don't say things about people unless you know the truth. Please don't start unnecessary rumors.

      May 28, 2010 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
      • tizroc

        Where there is smoke, there is usually fire. For that relationship to take a 180 like that, for her to spout that this lifestyle is more important than ANYTHING is just downright supportive of the suggestion, which she did say. Take that plus what we did see on camera and done is done.

        May 28, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Raycroft

      .. where did that come from. don't be a hater to such a talented person. American Idol is tanking because the public can't choose the right people (ie. Tim Urban, Taylor Hicks, Kris Allen)

      May 28, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  35. Mary

    It was quite a surprise that the final Idol was Lee, although, I was pulling for him all the way. Crystal was wonderful, she'll do extremely well in the future. As for her boyfriend leaving her it was probably the other way around. She really needs someone that will be there for her and her child.
    I wish nothing but the best for Lee and Crystal. If their paths happen to come together that would be wonderful also!

    May 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Apathic to the results

    I agree with Wes. As a casual viewer of the show, I was quite impressed with Crystal's performances. I almost wanted her to get kicked off early so she could get into the recording studio sooner. I will certainly purchase her CD when it is released. Lee was simply unremarkable, but I can certainly understand which demographic controls the vote, and it doesn't appear to be folks with an ear for talent. Do you honestly believe someone like Susan Boyle would have a chance of winning AI?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  37. joni

    Sorry about Crystal and her boyfriend, and sorry she came in 2nd. But she will go far, with a voice like that, someone will sign her for an album contract. She and Lee both have GREAT talent.
    I'm sorry that Simon will be gone next year............ they should get rid of Kara and Ellen, too.

    The show was boring and weird this year.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  38. soxsucks

    I think it was so funny for last night. Crystal thought she won, therefore she was all smiling and thought she was the winner and owns the show. I never saw her so happy. Oops, she didn't win. Lol.....

    May 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  39. R

    The finale was half good and half terrible and a lot pathetic. And I didn't care who won. Because Adam Lambert had and still has the best voice ever of all seasons of American Idol.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jeff

    what kind of name is Bowsersox?

    May 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jim

    It was a great finale
    Watch American Idol

    May 27, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dot

    Once again American Idol failed to deliver the most talented and original performer. Lee can't sing his way out of a paper bag. There were a few other contestants better performers that he was. He totally blew it the last night- and Crystal
    nailed every song. No wonder Simon was getting bored – the show has lost its credibility and can no longer do what it was set out to do – give America new sounding and unique talent.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne

      Crystal is extremely talented. Such a great voice. No doubt about it. There are two reasons I prefer Lee over Crystal. 1. She is not at all pleasant to look at. She didn't look good in one single outfit. Hopefully with some of her earnings she will hire a workout coach,a good dentist and a new hair dresser. 2. She HAD to talk to the judges after every one of her performances. She is so full of herself and loved hearing herself talk. Glad it's over and so glad Lee won.

      May 27, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • gman

        wow, how shallow are you? pathetic pathetic pathetic. Beauty can be found beyond the surface. I can tell you will never know that though.

        Girl has a medical condition that impacts her teeth and all you can do is decide she is unworthy of a singing contest because of her looks? God forbid anyone that does not fit the perfect dress size mold try to succeed in your world. what a sad world it is too. YES good ol' good looking Lee better win – and overweight women better not try to succeed in this, in business, in anything.

        pathetic

        May 28, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  43. Bleh

    Blah blah idol....blah blah crystal...blah blah reality...blah blah baa baa sheeple....blah blah blog.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  44. ldpgh

    I agree, if you don't watch the show or know anything about it, then play a game of crossword! In regards to what Crystal did or did not do. Who know's what the relationship was about. I am sure Inside Edition wil be first to report it. Until then, speculation only goes so far.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Carol

    Glad he left her. He was obviously not supportive, probably intimidated and obviously lacked in self-confidence. Crystal will do better without him and we all know she'll hook up with someone more her mentality. Breaking up on her biggest night says it all....I mean jeesh you couldn't wait another day.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Rob - Australia

    With Cletus out of the way...
    I predicited this outcome many many weeks ago.
    Crystal will move on.

    May 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Terri from San Diego

    Crystal is a star, no two ways about it. She really should have won, but we all keep forgetting about all those 13 year olds with cell phones. They text themselves silly and surely do affect the vote. Cute guys always will get their votes. Not saying that Lee isn't talented, he is also, but just not quite the level of Crystal. As for her boyfriend, "what are you thinking, dude?" "Have you lost your mind?" Crystal, can't wait for that first album. I was behind you all the way. If this guys is demonstrating his intelligence by leaving, you are probably better off and someone great is just around the corner.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  48. marion

    I am 66 years old and I never liked a singer on American Idol as much as I liked Crystal She has poise, class, and is so talented it is wonderful. And so down to earth and mature. I never even buy music....but I would for this gal. She IS better off coming in second. Lee will fade away.....even though he is talented.....and Crystal will rock the music world. You watch! Good luck, girl!

    May 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lesley

      Thank you Marion. I agree – Crystal knows who she is – didn't change herself to get votes. Strong woman, very talented one. I think that no matter what happens, she will come out the most successful this year. Of course, makes other people unhappy – she isn't a skinny girl, and isn't eye candy for some. What rotten things they write. Obviously, if the boyfriend is not 'man' enough to marry her and raise the baby w/her, he is scared to commit to the success that she will have. At least he realizes she is too good for him! Obviously, if he dumps her on probably one of the greatest nights of her life, he isn't too nice a person. It can only get better for her. Re – the teeth issue – I'm glad all of you have veneers in your mouth. As has been said, the diabetes she suffers from has discolored her teeth. With her winnings, she can change them. Her dreadlocks? Seems to be quite stylish these days. Just was in Amsterdam and saw quite a few women and men with them. Not to my taste, but I try not to judge. It is what inside that counts!!!

      May 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Russell Hammond

    It never ceases to amaze me why so many people on these boards feel the need to resort to making things personal with vile attacks and name calling on other posters. It's senseless and petty.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Tom

    Bowersox was too full of herself and way too pompous and sure of herself as becoming "the winner". Evidence is that "small town" comment about her ex. Yes, she did say she was small town, too, but she also said SHE WANTS OUT OF SMALLTOWN! What an undeserving woman. America got it right!

    May 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • theresa miller

      so what? what is wrong with having goals and not wanting to live in a small town environment? She said her boyfriend liked small town living and even tho she is a small town girl , she wants more than that..I say go for it!

      May 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Russell Hammond

    She dodged a bullet by getting "dumped." Sounds like a guy who doesn't like being upstaged – literally. Good riddance.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  52. VJBlast

    From the start and I thought the winner would be either Lee or Crystal. I like them both. But my number one pick would be Crystal. I think they're both very down to earth people. I hope CD's come out on both of them. I'll support them both. I love Idol.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Don McAdams

    I don't get it. He couldn't tolerate the lifestyle? Just another example of it wasn't meant to be, then it wasn't meant to be. I liked Lee and Casey, but I've favored Crystal the whole season. This was the first season I've paid attention to, personally, and now that she's lost, I know why. I think she's awesome – I'da stayed by her side!

    May 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  54. mjm

    Not to worry Crystal fans. Lee will be toast. Punk has no confidence in himself.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  55. sockssucks

    So happy that Lee won. I didn't like crystal from day one. She is so junky and negative towards life. I think her place is the subway. so go back there. The Idol stage is set for the good people, like Lee. Not her.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  56. boxersox

    Didn't like when she said the boyfriend would eventually "man up". Not nice, especially on TV. That turned me off on her after that. She seemed fake a lot. And she said she wanted a better life for her son but said how great her father was. Does she mean more money for her son? Money doesn't always equal a better life. Things just seemed a bit off where Lee seemed genuine. My opinions.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don McAdams

      Maybe he does need to man up, we don't know. Did he expect her to drop out of the race, come home, and raise their family off minimum wage, or a factory that lays off all the time, in this economy? If this is the case, I say he's selfish to want her to quit her dream and ruin a chance to provide for her family, off interest for the rest of her life if she got out of the industry early. There are all kinds of possible outcomes, and perhaps he needed to hear that.

      May 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • boxersox

      No one ever said he wanted her to quit. He just didn't like the lifestyle. You're making things up! Wow. JUST WOW!

      May 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  57. so happy

    for all those that think crystal was good...get your ears checked.....she just a one trick pony........she doesn't have the looks.....she just plain boring simple as that..........she needs to go back to the subway......i'm so glad she lost looks good on her...........and Lee don't get hooked up with her you can do much better than that.....her boyfriend dumped her hahaha i think there's more than meets the eye...she not telling the whole story.......i would like to hear his side of the story...

    May 27, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  58. siren4song

    Just curious, but is "Big Tony" her son's father? If not, I think she should concentrate on her son first, then her career, and leave the men out of it for a while. And I do think that she admitted to crushes on Casey and Lee. She called them 'music crushes' but, come on, Crystal... It was disrespectful to your then-boyfriend. He's not an idiot and neither are we.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • isay

      @siren4song, I don't think she knew who the father of her son was. Im gald that she didn't win. I will break up with her too. Look at the tatoos on her back. Its so disgusting. She is a big fake!!!

      May 27, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Megan

    So does this mean her and Lee can give romance a shot? They looked pretty good together and have def. built a close friendship with each other

    May 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Frank S.

    Anybody see CNN poll numbers? ? is, did AI get it right? 61% of voter say NO.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • boxersox

      LOL Frank, how old are you? It could be 61% of 2 or 3 people~ And who cares? It won't change a thing!

      May 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Florida

    Doesn't matter that Crystal didn't win. SHE WILL WIN ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS. Lee has no appeal whatsoever, neither in vocals nor stage presence–did anyone notice that they always showed his face, rarely his entire body. Wishing Crystal the best, as well as Casey (the young rock stud from Texas) who also has a brilliant career ahead of him.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • HARRY

      right on all counts Florida

      May 27, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • boxersox

      Lee won with talent. Talent in singing and in commanding a performance. Crystal is very talented. But that doesn't take anything away from Lee. Putting the opponent down doesn't make your opponent better. She lost. Lee won. Get over it.

      May 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Skye

    @BettyM – it's called entertainment. Get over it. Perhaps if you had a way to entertain yourself (books, TV, outdoor activity -whatever) instead of ranting non-sense about articles you don't care about, you wouldn't have to suffer the humiliation of being outed as one the contributing factors of America's "downhill" slide. You, madam, are part of the problem – not the solution.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • boxersox

      The downhill slide is posting like you. Why are you here if you're not interested? Why aren't you reading a book instead of the internet? What a waste of space you are!

      Wow, it's just a tv show people. Nasty nasty posts!

      May 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  63. JRoss

    Chris won last year because America doesn't do well with "different" and although Adam hadn't come out at the time it was fairly obvious he wasn't your run of them mill good ol' boy. Lee won this year because he is extremely talented, as is Crystal. It could have gone either way and I'm pretty sure both of them are going to have great careers regardless. Crystal may even be the lucky one because she's not tied to an American Idol contract for the next year.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  64. caca butt

    Yay now Crystal and Lee can get together!!! I saw some sparks towrd the end with them....

    May 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  65. HARRY

    Just like last year. Again America voted for what the judges pushed for and not the real talent. I watched last years winner and Lee and they both sounded the same. (dull) . Last years winner has only sold like 300,000 cd's. Lambert??? but is head and shoulder's clearly better. Think the same thing will happen when Lee releases his first cd. I hope Crystal releases a cd as I will definately buy it.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Fisherman

    Here we go another celebrity whose life will be scrutinized to death. Don't think the trade off is worth it.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Michael

    My wife forces me too watch this one show, so ok I'll watch it with her. This year was kind of dull compaired too last year but I think this show has evolved into, if your not a cute young man then the teen girls are not going too vote for you. Talent means something but not as much as getting those young women too vote for you. Adam last year had talent and a following but was not a young cute guy and same this year. Mrs Crystal has talent and actually puts on a show somewhat but couldnt beat the teen girls voting. In the end she will do better, I wish her luck with her personal life since it's going too be hard too find someone thats a good honest person that will put up with that life.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Lance

    Its all a hoax. AI feels that Crystal is more marketable. So they put her in second place. The contestants that get to second place have better careers than those in first. Think of Adam Lambert, Katharine McPhee and most notably Clay Aiken. They are able to succeed without that American Idol stigma. Crystal Bowersox will have a better career than Lee Dewyze, I am almost certain.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • boxersox

      Lance you're so wrong. Fantasia, Kelly Clarkson, and Carrie Underwood have incredible careers. Some other contestants have done well too but they're all young. They can come into their own. I'd say all the winners have careers in show business. Lee is marketable. Lee is a cute guy...... Like it or not that's IS what sells. Crystal died and woke up in the 70's with the hippie look. Sorry, who else is selling with a look like that? NOBODY. And they were gearing up Crystal Tuesday nite, not Lee. Lee won. It's over. On to next year. It will be boring without Simon. Who will bother to watch then?

      May 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Beth

    Crystal should have won...she was the best but I think this will work better for her...she won't be tied to AL as much. Look at the great talent that hasn't won...Daughtery, Hudson, Lambert....etc. I think the voting is wrong and should only be one vote per phone number!

    May 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ksheets

    I thought the two finalists made a good pair! Maybe there is a chance for them!!

    May 27, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  71. mrskool

    ~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o

    Crystal is better off without that Dude ! He would just be a ball and chain around her neck now that she's taking off for a bigger and better life for her and her child .

    I just wish I'd called in more votes to put her over the top to win this thing ! She definitely deserved to be the new A.I.

    ~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o~o

    May 27, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  72. laura

    There are plenty of fish in the sea–she should concentrate on her son & then music–all will be well. Be patient. Peace

    May 27, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Nathan

    So that clears the way for Crystal and Lee to get together be a powerhouse singing couple.... Like Sonny and Cher!!

    May 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      That's too funny. When Lee was accepting his award and said a big "I love you guys" to everyone – then made a point to tell Crystal he loved her, I told my wife they could be the next Sonny and Cher.

      I had no idea Mamasox's bf gave her the boot...much less that day.

      May 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Jen

    I agree that Crystal was the better singer, but I think in the long run it may be better for her to come in second. I think she will do better without the restrictive bounds of the "winners contract" and should appreciate that she will have more creative freedom to do whatever music she wants. Not that it wouldn't suck to come so far only to come in second, but I think this really could have a silver lining for her!!

    May 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • dlb19595

      Jen you hit the nail right on the head this is exactly why Lee won. I like his style and his Billy Joel look I think the tweeny boppers do too. Crystal is beyond that and would find the AI contract too restrictive for her. The would have sent her to a dentist, hair salon and told her to lose weight like they did Kelly Clarkson. I think she would have fought that every step of the way. Having said that though Lee grew the most of any of them through the whole contest you could see him change every week...........

      May 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Jen

    Wow. What a jerk to dump her the same night, especially when that "lifestyle" ended the same night.

    Also, Crystal SO deserved to win. First Adam loses, now her. The AI community is obviously deaf.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hobodeluxe

      sounds to me like boyfriend didn't like taking 3rd priority to the kid and career. he's jealous. probably best in the long run for her. Idol is a travishamockery because of the voting. too many young women with fast texting and unlimited plans out there voting hundreds of time for the cute guy. it's turning into a sausage fest.

      May 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Lin McKay

    Better to find out before the 'I Dos' and move on. He can still be a good father and supportive of Crystal's desire to make it as an entertainer. She should have won based on her last performance. Simon should not have decreed on Monday that Lee would win. That was wrong. I like Lee fine and I liked Kris over Adam last year but we got two very conservatives two years in a row. It may be one reason fewer people watch Idol next year.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Mike

    Crystal should have won. She is the most talented performer in the history of that show. Can any of the others write a song? Nope.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ilisten2crystal

      Have you heard of Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson? They write a lot of their songs. Unless you're referring to this season and then I must agree, they are all pretty lames except for Crystal.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      I'd say you're pretty much right on the money. She's a real genuine ARTIST. I've seen so many tonsils and heard so many screamers over the past ten years I was ready to give up until Crystal came along. She didn't need to win anyway – talent like that – now that it's out there will rise to the surface. We'll hear and see a lot more of her I'm sure. The boyfriend was a loser anyway. Easy to tell by the cheesy looks when the camera was on him. Let's see now: spelling ok? Yes. Worded so that it can be understood? I think so. I went to school in the 1940's – I can do this stuff.

      May 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Penny Baer

    Fool me once, Chris over Adam (shame on you).... Fool me twice, Lee over Crystal (shame on me!!!). BS. Again, every poll showed Crystal the 2 to 1 favorite. Every internet review showed that Crystal was leaps and bounds better than Lee and should win. Every blog that I saw was heavily favored for Crystal. I am done with American Idol. It's obvious votes don't count. It's all about who Simon Fuller and the Judges want to win. Disghusting! So Sad that she lost A.I. and boyfriend too, but sounds like he wasn't worth keeping anyway.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Too Old :-)

      You don't get it ... this obviously means you aren't a 12 year old girl.

      May 27, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blown Away

      we are right with you. there were 10 of us watching last night-and for the last time.blew us away.

      May 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  79. knew it

    i don't buy this story at all......i think she dumped his a$$ to chase Lee or Casey she's admitted to having a crush on both.........LEE don't get mixed up with this tramp,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,god almighty

    May 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sirap

      a good bath wouldn't hurt her! Good voice but not at all marketable/commercial. No-one will remember her next week.

      May 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  80. mrhappy

    I feel that Crystal was more deserving of winning. Her inspirations are more meaningful than Lee's and her singing is amazing, easy to FEEL, and really appropriate for Texans like me. I like Lee but he doesn't have children and his performances didn't move me like Crystal's. If they hook up, that would be cool! I hope that's the case but if she ends up selling more records than him, I hope he doesn't stress out too much.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Lass

    In response to BettyM – Hey , I read books constantly, sometimes for entertainment, sometimes to learn something. American Idol, is a talent show, watching it doesn't make me stupid, doesn't mean I can't read, it entertains me. (Granted some years are better than others). All shows are not idiotic, all books aren't either. So I would never judge you for your likes and dislikes.AND, books can be just as idiotic and immoral as TV.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  82. moon627

    Hmm... makes me wonder ... is she hooking up with Lee ? She admitted to a crush – maybe its more than that ...

    I noticed she was kinda touchy feely with him last night – and just when Ryan was ready to announce the winner i saw she took Lee's arm and leaned into him and rested her head on his shoulder

    Well, they make good music together so unless he already has a girlfriend . . . ;)

    May 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • LH

      I'm pretty sure the crush that she admitted to having was on Casey, not Lee.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • brad

      I agree, im pretty sure she stated that she had a music crush on Lee

      May 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ilisten2crystal

      I'm pretty sure she stated that she had a musical crush on Lee as well.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Better Than You

      She needs to get a crush on a dentist. Or a crush on somebody with a bottle of shampoo.

      May 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • VJBlast

      Boy.. I agree with that. They really sing great together. Too bad the boy friend can't deal with the life style.. it's best for Crystal to go her own way and not let that stop her. She's too good a singer, etc. to let that stop her.

      May 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • VJBlast

      Reply to: Better Than You
      Who wrote: She needs to get a crush on a dentist. Or a crush on somebody with a bottle of shampoo.

      Come on.. why you gotta be so small minded and hate like that? She looks good as is.. period.

      May 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      I'm laughing....the crush she admitted was on Casey....for what it's worth. The dentist and shampoo comment made me laugh. Not at her, but because I, as I'm sure many people who watch AI, had the same thought at times during the season. Although I consider myself a extremely hot and attractive person, lol, I'm sure if my face were plastered on the TV with the close ups and all that, the critics would come out of the woodwork...my nose would be too big, or the lack of an observable 6 pack on my stomach(they're there under the cooler!!), or maybe my permanent golfers tan would be tops on the hollywood gossip tabloids!! I think I'll go have a beer.....

      May 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  83. JohnT

    Bowersox is the better singer, more powerful, should have easily won based on PERFORMANCE.
    I have but one word for Crystal – "Daughtry".

    May 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerry the great

      The only reason the guy one is he is on performing enhancing drugs. :-)

      May 27, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krazy

      These days – "Nothing but the Bland and Boring win on Idol anymore" (sung to a Paul Simon tune)

      May 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dlb19595

      The same holds true for Lee DeWyze as far as I am concerned they both won! I think Crystal is better off for not winning because she'll have more control over her career than Lee. She won't be locked in to the American Idol way of making a career. I think AI can mold Lee into what they want they couldn't do that with Crystal she is set in her genre. Overall win win for both of them.

      May 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • kb

      I agree 100%. Lee won because he could be molded into the Top 40 Pop Garbage that A.I. likes to churn out.

      May 27, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mariann Pepitone

      John: I agree with you. Absolutely, Crystal is a better singer than Lee who was lucky to be on Idol. But Simon was doing his best to sell him to the voters which means the others really got shafted along with Crystal. Now that Simon is gone the show will run accordingly and let the voters decide for themselves.

      May 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  84. sue

    Now she can concentrate on her baby and her career. She'll do much better in the long run.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  85. lorikj

    i have to agree, if you dont like AI or care any thing about it why did you make a post..WOW i watch AI and i can read how stupid you sound..

    May 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Samantha

    Wow, what a loser boyfriend he must have been

    May 27, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • tizroc

      Not really a loser actually. He couldn't deal with her sleeping around, and she already said there is nothing more important than this to her. She wants this, and the lifestyle more than anything. Her kid, the boyfriend... then she went and proved it. So I say good for him, he didn't stick there and act like he was enjoying himself while she tore his guts out and stomped on his heart.

      May 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Victor

    Wow, lost the show and got dumped on the same week. That's gotta hurt!!!

    May 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • babysox

      She hooked up with Lee on more than their duet. They are a cute couple and big Tony got wind of it.

      May 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mariann Pepitone

      I believe Crystal cuddled up to Lee too much and it is not in good taste if you have a boyfriend. She should have been more reserved. Also, Crystal has a much greater voice than Lee who won because Simon was promoting him all the time to the voters. Judges should not promote any contestant and let the voters decide who they think should be chosen as American Idol.

      May 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Happy Camper

      Mariann . . . the voters DID decide themselves who to vote for!

      May 27, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • crystal fan

      She didn't lose! She was the runner up and now she's a star.

      May 27, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  88. JJ

    BettyM – So, Carrie Underwood's leading the US downhill? Hmmm... ok... what planet are you on? Does anyone care about any of this? Umm... Idol received half a BILLION votes over the course of this season...I'd say the answer's yes. And perhaps some of them even read, too.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Pam

    People that judge other people for what they watch on TV really gets on my nerves. If you never watched AI how can you judge it that it is idiotic. I agree with Al why are you reading about and making a comment go read a book

    May 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  90. BettyM

    Does anyone care about any of this? I have NEVER watched "American Idol," and never intend to. It is no wonder that the U.S.A. is going downhill with the amount of irrelevant and idiotic content people are watching on TV and elsewhere. Anyone who watches this junk needs to read a book for a change. They might just learn something unless their brains have already turned to slop.

    May 27, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      So why are you here reading this and commenting? Lee deserved the win.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • kl

      Don't care, but ya read the story. Guess you care a little.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharon

      I agree with Al too. If you've never watched it, why read anything related to it and comment on it? I watch it and read books too...atleast 1 or 2 a week. So, it seems my brain it just fine. :)

      May 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      I think it takes all kinds of things to make this world go round. If we all liked the same things in life. Well that would just be totally boring. Just think of all the raw talent we have in the USA. American Idol is just a chance for some kids to make it in this world. Lee is a very good singer. And Mamasox is really good also. And if you have never watched American Idol
      how can you judge it ?

      May 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lass

      Well , maybe you SHOULD watch it ! Then, and only then can you make a judgement call. So you like to read, then surely you have heard the ole "never judge a book by its cover" ! People that read books, surely can watch TV also, I
      mean I guess people that sing, produce, edit, direct.....you get the picture...also maybe occasionally read a book, what do ya think?
      You are right about 1 thing though, the content on television is deplorable at times

      May 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jane

      I never understand people making negative comments about something they are not even interested in. I wonder why they even read the article in the first place. I watch Idol because it's enjoyable, I read a ton of books, I am educated, work full time, care for my family, have two brilliant kids...one in college on a full scholarship and the other heading in the same direction. So, do you really think that Idol is causing me to be an idiot and not learn anything? What the heck is wrong with you? How dare you judge people on ANYTHING!.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • amanda

      TROLL ALERT!!! why in the world would you write on and read this article if you don't watch it, unless your a troll....

      May 27, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jo M.

      It's entertainment, my Lord lady, have a little fun and quit being so serious. I love American Idol and enjoy the music.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • let's be real

      BettyM, I agree with you to an extent, but your presence here really illustrates how much of a tool you are.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy T

      Then why bother reading and commenting and ruining it for those of us that do watch.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • EYEH8Obama

      I really don't care about this stuff either, but I must say, Bowersox is inspirational, maybe it will make some of the people you speak of get off of their butts and do something with their lives!

      May 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve Austin

      Hey BettyM:

      STFU ! Did you read that?

      May 27, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • rocknrolla

      music is good for the soul – sit down, turn on the radio and ease your mind ... maybe it will improve your outlook

      May 27, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marla

      I have to say you are being pretty judgmental considering you've never watched the show. I read A LOT and I still enjoy mindless television. I read 2 – 3 books a week. And like others before me have said, if you don't watch it how can you knock it. Considering the amount of evil and all the bad things going on around us daily, a show like AI that can take you out of the harsh reality of everyday life isn't so bad. Sure it's not going to make you a genius but

      May 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cassandra

      Um, I read and watch American Idol. Does that make me an idiot? And the USA isn't going "downhill" because of American Idol...it's because of stiff, panties-in-a-wad tools like you. Oh, and the U.S. government. Anyway, if you don't care to watch, what are you even doing reading this story? Crystal should have won. America messed it up!!!

      May 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • eyebee

      If you don't care, why are taking the time to read the article and then even more time to comment?

      May 27, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra L

      You surely care enough to take the time to read the article and leave a comment, don't you>????????????????

      May 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mia

      BettyM – Why read this article if you don't want anything to do with this? Furthermore what makes you assume that people who watch AI don't read books or are not intellectuals? For someone who doesn't watch AI but read an AI article...you look like a moron.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • ameeh

      I can read and watch a tv show also.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelli

      I also read books, I watch the history channel and other educational, informative television programs – but who doesn't enjoy a little fluff every now and then?? It doesn't mean we have mushy brains, it just means we all need a little variety in our lives!

      May 27, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chuck

      Get a life!

      May 27, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Kirk

      Miss Betty,
      Yes, the obvious question would have to be, "Why do you care".
      Let me tell you why I do.
      I've NEVER watched Idol, until the beginning of this round when I heard about Crystal. I was immediately captured by her voice, but also by those blond dredlocks. I taped every show, but only watched her. I will buy her albums.
      I still don't know Lee's last name, don't care.

      May 27, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gigi

      I read plenty of books (all kinds). I'm educated and a working professional. If people want to watch something for pure entertainment (whether you like it or not) is their choice. A little mind candy is a stress relief for some people. Some posters may think that commenting on something that another person never has seen is idotic. Food for though.

      May 27, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Yet you're on a blog reading gossip...

      May 27, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • odysseus14

      I have a lot of great memories of watching American Idol with my now teen-age daughter, and talking about people and events of the show. I agree that it doesn't seem as good as in past years – my favorite year was when Fantasia won – but every year there is some really great singing and music. We loved American Idol.

      And her grade point average is actually ABOVE 4.0!

      I think Lee was much better than the last few winners. He definitely has a future.

      Especially if him and Crystal start a band together, that would be cool. Not that they need each other to succeed but they will be good

      May 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori N.

      Your an idiot yourself. Why don't you go read a book instead of judging people you don't know. You don't know any of us that watch AI and I sure the heck don't wanna know a self rightious and judgemental person as yourself Betty M. I bet you watch it every week and cried at Simon's last show and don't know how to read. Plastic wannabe

      May 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anne

        Control yourself Lori N. Why would you get so upset over comments from people you don't even know? People live for upsetting people like you on these post sights. Grow up.

        May 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crystal

      I'll tell you all why someone that doesn't even follow the show would take the time to leave a negative comment...because those kind of people like to do so in order to get everyone else in an uproar. It obviously worked. I guess my brain hasn't turned to slop yet. I've been watching American Idol for years and I was still able to get a college degree. Wow. Imagine that. I also read all the time. I'm constantly in and out of the library. See, educated people watch the show, too. I think that BettyM needs to read a book on Psychology. She might learn a little about herself. I am also willing to bet that she's right there in front of the tv when The Young And The Restless comes on everyday. Just one question BettyM...what do you suggest people watch if they aren't going to read a book? Would you rather they watch a violent show vs. a reality show? Oh wait...were you one of the contestants that they made fun of at the tryouts because you thought you could sing? Maybe that's why you're so angry. Have a pleasant day ma'am.

      June 9, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • academas

      Ready what kind of book, smarty-pants? The Twilight Saga? Nope, can't learn anything from that. You can't learn anything from a book unless it's non-fiction. I agree that this kind of "news" is stupid, but look at the people that write it and think it's relevant news, instead of the stupid people that read it, like YOU!

      June 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |

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