'American Idol' Stylist on Crystal Bowersox's Reluctant Style Evolution

05/18/2010 at 11:15 AM ET

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Crystal Bowersox has come a long way since leaving Ohio for Hollywood–and we aren’t just talking about her rising star power. With a little fashion encouragement from American Idol resident stylist Soyon An, the young star (and only female left in the Top Three) has undergone a bit of a makeover since hitting the show–just don’t tell Crystal that. “She was like, ‘I’m not going to change for the show, everyone thinks I’m going to get an image makeover or whatever, but I’m not changing for the show,'” says An of her first meeting with Crystal.  But after a bit of a nudge, Crystal acquiesced and allowed An to tweak her style.  “I want to enhance it, tailor it, refine it,” An recalls telling Crystal, who slowly started to open up about what she liked.  “She would tell me little stories about when she was a little kid and played dress up, and I was like, ‘Maybe this is your little moment of coming out of the fashion closet and letting people see the real Crystal.'” And according to An, the real Crystal “really wants to wear that dress and heels sometimes.” Now, three months after their first meeting, An says Crystal has found her star style. “I think she’s bohemian rock,” says An. With just a few shows left, we can’t wait to see what Crystal tries out next. Tell us: What do you think of Crystal’s evolving style?Andrea DeSimone

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Mica on

Crytal is overrated. Lee is boring wiht 0 personality. Casey has the total package unfortunately the judges are bias, they get deaf with Lee’s off key, and they condition the viewers that Crystal o Lee will win. VOTE FOR CASEY!

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emmabelle on

to lisa, who asked what kind of songs she will sing post-idol.

that repository of the known world, youtube, has many of crystal’s original songs on it. Farmer’s Daughter is poignant and beautiful, Please Don’t Go,Momma,Cry No MOre, Grey Haired Rock Star (a tribute to her mentors, Bobby May and Ron Rasberry),Sunflower Sunshine, and on the list goes.

She’s been singing her own music since she was 12-13 in public and has a large songbook unrecorded. Several of the songs i’ve listed above were written before her 18th birthday.

Her covers of Janice Joplin songs are great (particularly the Me and Bobby McGee she sang at Ottawa Fairgrounds during her homecoming) but that is not the style she writes in.

check it out.

pattie on

Hi loved her outfit she worn last the boots the top and pants. Where can i buy that top.

Toby Simpson on

Watching American Idol gave me the perspective that ther are really lots of talented people out there.`”,

Katelyn Henderson on

all of the singers that joins American Idol have great talent but most of them are not born to be great “‘:

Condenser dryer reviews on

the new season of american idol definitely has some very good singers.   

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