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Who? Gap-toothed Season Nine runner-up and crowd favorite.
Peak: Bowersox sung a turbocharged rendition of “Up to the Mountain” on the first night of the Idol finale just hours after breaking up with her boyfriend. Simon Cowell called it“the best performance and song of the night.”
Low: Battled health problems during the show and missed her young son enough to tell Ryan Seacrest she was thinking about quitting. Her words ,spoken in confidence, made headlines, as did Bowersox’s later statement that Seacrest “betrayed” her.
Currently: Her folksy first album, Farmer’s Daughter, got massive media coverage due to her edgy-for-Idol songwriting style and landed her a spot at SXSW in Austin.