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Keep it real, Cowell tells Bowersox after “American Idol” makeover


Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox promised she had a surprise up her sleeve for this week”s “American Idol” — but no-one could have guessed it would be stilettos, a sexy red dress, and false eyelashes.

Oh yes. And she swapped her guitar for a piano.bowersox

At least she kept the dreadlocks.

But did the early “Idol”  favorite  go too far with the glamorous makeover for her performance of  “Midnight Train to Georgia” on R&B night?

Randy Jackson loved it.  But Simon Cowell wasn’t too sure, urging Bowersox not to “let the (Idol)  process suck the identity out of you”.  “You’re the kind of artist that is rare. You’re real,”  he told her.

Bowersox is also one of the rare contestants who talks back to Cowell — and seems to get away with it. “I wanted to prove to myself that I could do something different,” she assured him. “I wouldn’t ever do anything I am not comfortable with.”