There was a common misconception — both during her time on the show and immediately following — that [artist id="1102"]Crystal Bowersox[/artist] considered herself to be "above" "American Idol," or at the very least, that she viewed everything that happened on it as slightly corny and/or ridiculous.
But now, with her post-"Idol" debut in stores, Bowersox is speaking out about her time on the show, and, as it turns out, she's grateful for everything the show did — and continues to do — for her career.
"I don't take for granted for a second what 'American Idol' did for me, the life that I have now. I'm sitting here now because of 'American Idol,' " she told MTV News. "I wouldn't have anything that I have now if I hadn't tried out for the show. It's changed my entire life."
That said, when asked for her thoughts on the upcoming season of the show — which reportedly will have an increased focus on "reality TV" elements like the contestants making music videos and living in a house together, in addition to new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler — Bowersox wasn't shy about expressing some reservations.
"I think that 'American Idol' producers ... were a little disappointed on how many rootsy, folksy people they got. And they're really looking for a pop icon to come through. But, I don't know, we'll see what happens," she said. "With Steven Tyler as a judge, you'd think you want to stay with that rootsy-rock thing, but then there's J.Lo, and Randy's still there. It'll be interesting to see what happens next season."
And now, as an "Idol" alum, will Bowersox still tune in to the show? Perhaps.
"I don't know. I might catch it on YouTube or something," she said. "I've been so busy I haven't been able to catch anything. But it'll be fun to see."
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