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Simon Cowell reiterates Crystal Bowersox as 'American Idol' favorite

By Christopher Rocchio, 03/09/2010 

Simon Cowell has reiterated his belief that Crystal Bowersox might be the one to beat during American Idol's currently airing ninth season.

"I'll tell you who I like, I like this girl Crystal," said Cowell during a Monday night appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

"I have to admit, when I first saw her I described her as a busker and I like the way she handled that because she kind of admitted that's what she was. She's got some confidence now. She was ill, she got over that. She's got a great voice. She's different."

The 24-year-old from Elliston, OH who currently resides in Toledo was nearly forced out of the competition last week due to a medical issue.

However she subsequently wowed the judges with her rendition of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Long As I Can See The Light" during Wednesday night's performance episode.

"I promise you, this was like the moment we realized with Kelly Clarkson that we've got a serious artist here," Cowell told Bowersox following her performance.  "I think we've got a really serious artist with you, congratulations."

Cowell was also asked by Leno about some of the success of American Idol finalists who failed to win -- and he reiterated previous comments he made about eighth-season runner-up Adam Lambert.

"I think sometimes it becomes a popularity competition," answered Cowell. "That's what I think happened last year. I like the winner, but I personally thought Lambert should have won as an overall artist."

In addition, Cowell continued to play coy about the possibility of former American Idol judge Paula Abdul serving as a judge on his The X Factor reality series when it launches stateside on Fox in Fall 2011.

"I don't know yet, but I will definitely be doing something with her," he said.

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