“I knew Lee was going to win,” she said backstage after the finale. “People seem to be surprised by that. But I had a feeling. I couldn’t be happier for him. He deserves every minute of this.”
Why didn’t she think she would win?
“There wasn’t really a reason why [I thought I wouldn't win]. It was just something that I felt and I knew, and I’m fine with that. Before the show … I had this strange sense of peace and calm. I’ve been that way through the whole season. If you haven’t noticed, I’m just mellow. I was ready and willing … for the outcome. We both win. It’s not win or lose; it’s winner and non-winner. Both of us are going to have very successful careers, and we’re going to be friends for a long time.”
She’s probably right! The world knows Crystal’s name now and there is nothing to hold her back.
The highlights of her experience were getting to meet Joe Cocker and Alanis Morissette. She also learned to walk in heels, as well as some other important life lessons.
“I can walk in heels — downstairs, nonetheless,” she joked. ”I’ve learned a lot about myself and I’ve learned a lot about the business. I already knew who I was, but I’m picking the things that I like and adding to it. My life is never going to be the same, and I’m ready for all of it.”
But before touring this summer and working on an album, Crystal said that first she’s going to go “hug my baby boy and get back to living.”
She’s got her priorities straight!