"American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox is in the August issue of Redbook magazine, where she talks about her "Idol" experience, her breakup with Tony and the rewarding job of being a mom.
On being on American Idol: "I went into the Idol audition with no expectations; that's just the kind of person I am. If it doesn't happen, it doesn't hurt so badly, you know?
But once I made it past the first round, and the second, and third--I started to realize, Maybe my goals and dreams really are attainable....It was hard, and I did go talk to Ryan [Seacrest] at one point because he works 24/7 and I knew he would understand. He gave me the best advice: He said the best thing I could ever do was work hard enough now so I could take care of my family. And it's true. Sometimes you have to work really hard and make sacrifices so you can provide for the people you love."
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