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Exclusive! What it Takes to be an American Idol Parent

  • Lee DeWyze 1 of 10
    Lee DeWyze
    Best advice my parents gave me: “To always be true to myself and do what I think is right.”
    Strongest act of support: “They never — not even once — told me to pursue
    anything other than music.”
  • Crystal Bowersox 2 of 10
    Crystal Bowersox
    Best advice my parents gave me: “I called my dad once when I was broke and hungry in Chicago and asked him for help. He told me, ‘You’ll find a way; I believe in you.’ And I did.”
  • Casey James 3 of 10
    Casey James
    Biggest sacrifice my parents made for me: “Listening to me practice day and night!”
    Strongest act of support: “My mom bought me a pretty expensive guitar that I still own when I was just starting. She knew that I loved to play, so it was worth it.”
    Best stress-relief technique: “To realize my situation — no matter what it is — is all relative. It’s my choice to be happy or stressed. Which one will I pick? Happy.”
  • Michael Lynche 4 of 10
    Michael Lynche
    Best advice my parents gave me: “Mom always believed in practice and rehearsal. She always said you practice how you perform and vice-versa.”
    Strongest act of support: “No matter if it was a football game or dancing in The Nutcracker, you could always hear my mom yelling, ‘Big Mike, Big Mike, Big Mike!’, or ‘Go ahead, baby!’
    Best stress-relief technique: “Focus — and only worry about the things you can control.”
  • Aaron Kelly 5 of 10
    Aaron Kelly
    Best advice my parents gave me: "My mom’s words to 'sing from my heart' ring through my head and I focus on what I went out there to do.”
    Biggest sacrifice my parents made: “My mom gave up her dreams and quit her job so that I could travel in order to follow my dreams to be a singer.”
    Best stress-relief technique: “I always take a deep breath and say a little prayer.”
  • Siobhan Magnus 6 of 10
    Siobhan Magnus
    Best advice my parents gave me: “My dad was the first to teach me proper breath support for singing, and my mom gave me fashion advice: leather and lace.”
    Biggest sacrifice my parents made: “To support our family growing up, my dad set aside his dreams of being a musician to do hard labor working in construction.”
    Best stress-relief technique: “I sing to let off steam!”
  • Tim Urban 7 of 10
    Tim Urban
    Best advice my parents gave me: “Don’t let the world around you affect who you are at your core. Because when things get hard, that core is what you have to lean on.”
    Biggest sacrifice my parents made: "Emotionally letting me go to pursue my dream.”
    Strongest act of support: “My mom watched even though she hated hearing them criticize me.”
  • Katie Stevens 8 of 10
    Katie Stevens
    Best advice my parents gave me: “Always stay true to yourself and don’t let
    peer pressure get to you.”
    Biggest sacrifice my parents made: “Coming out to California for 3 months while I was on Idol.”
    How my parents’ support got me through Idol:Idol showed me how strong I am as a human being and an individual, a strength given to me from years of love and guidance from my parents.”
  • Andrew Garcia 9 of 10
    Andrew Garcia
    Best advice my parents gave me: “Never forget where you came from.”
    How my parents’ support got me through Idol: “They were in gangs when they were young and struggled, so I looked at what they’ve been through, and it would make my
    struggles seem like nothing.”
    Best stress-relief technique: “To think of people in worse situations than you.”
  • Didi Benami 10 of 10
    Didi Benami
    Biggest sacrifice my parents made: “My mom bought a one-way ticket and stayed at my place while I was on the show and kept up my place.”
    Strongest act of support: “My parents told me to do what makes me happy, but also that I [could] quit and come home [if] things were really rough in L.A. I didn’t listen.”
    Best stress-relief technique: “My mom told me to breathe and meditate.”

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