(Photo credit Vince Bucci/FOX) Crystal Bowersox' second-place finish on "American Idol" didn't change how people on her home turf feel about her.
"She's already won" said Judi Clapper, 60, of Whitehouse, who watched the results of the Fox singing competition Wednesday night at one of the bars where Bowersox first started performing when she was 14. Fans and friends inside Papa's Tavern shook their heads in disbelief when it was announced that Lee DeWyze had won. So did hundreds who watched the show at a downtown arena.
Bowersox, 24, started singing when she was 10. She used money she won in talent contests to buy clothes and left home for Chicago when she was 17. She strummed her guitar in subway stations and coffee houses before returning home to raise her son, Tony, who's now a toddler.