'American Idol': And the Winner Is...

Lee DeWyze takes his throne as the next American Idol! See the contestants who gave him a run for his money this season (11 Photos)

Jennifer Graham Kizer on May 26, 2010 at 11:08PM

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'American Idol': And the Winner Is...


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Crystal Bowersox
ELIMINATED (2nd Place)

Age: 24
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

Meet the frontrunner. With dreads and tattoos, this singer-songwriter is edgier than most of her competitors; she also has a powerful voice and a poised fearlessness. "You’re so comfortable up there, I begin to wonder if you're thinking 'Wow, I got this,'” observed Kara during Stones-themed night. But confidence can backfire: After Bowersox's lackluster version of "You Can't Always Get What You Want," Simon detected an attitude. "You came out here tonight, 100 percent the clear favorite," he said. "And you got beat....Just when you think that you’ve got the competition in the pocket, you’ve got to dig deep....you’ve got to kill."

Why She Almost Won: Not only is she a great singer, she also has a gripping personal story: she's a single mom with diabetes (she was hospitalized prior to semifinals) who sings to support herself and her child. That, plus the fact that she's good, means she could very well win.

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