American Idol 9 Top 2 Post-Performance Press Conference

Ryan Seacrest interviews – 5/26:

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Kara Dioguardi

Kara Dioguardi

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze met with the press after their Top two performance last night.

Read the transcript at the Los Angeles Times HERE. Watch the video after the jump via Zap2it.

Crystal tells the assembled reporters that she picked “Up To The Mountain” to sing, because it’s “an amazing song about getting through tough times.”  When a reporter suggests to Lee that he seemed to lack confidence on stage, he responded flatly, “Uh, no I didn’t.”

Also, Kara DioGuardi met with the press.  On the decision to change the coronation song from originals to covers:

“I don’t really know whose decision that was, but I actually think it was a really good one. I think when you as a songwriter have to write about a winning moment and you’re somebody who’s not actually experiencing it … it comes across as cold. Those songs were written by artists who actually did experience … that moment of triumph, so when they’re performed they have more depth and emotion.”

And on working with Simon Cowell, “When I first came on the show, I wasn’t really connecting [with Simon], and then this season, I think we have a common respect for each other, I’ve learned a lot from him, and I’ve really enjoyed my time with him. It’s not easy being put in a position where you’re a fourth judge that nobody wants, and people think you’re there to replace Paula Abdul and can’t say your name. … It was a really rough ride for me in the beginning. And I had no TV experience, so thank God he was there to give me some help when I felt I was struggling. I’ve always felt more like a contestant on the show than a judge, I’m finally feeling more like a judge now.”

Read the transcript at The Los Angeles Times HERE.  Video via and Yahoo Music

Video after the JUMP…

Crystal and Lee talk to the press

Kara Dioguardi talks to the Press

From Yahoo Music

Crystal Bowersox & Lee DeWyze: Night 1 of the ‘Idol’ Finale from Yahoo! Music on Vimeo.

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