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"American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox nearly lost her "sole type of revenue" after tryouts.

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She said she began playing neighborhood gigs under a false name to bring in cash to help her loved ones.

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Other "Symbol" finalists additionally needed to forfeit positions and school for their shot on the show.

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Season-9 "American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox said the show advised her to quit performing nearby gigs for a very long time

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Yet she defied the guidelines since she was encountering "marginal vagrancy."

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Addressing Insider in front of the Fox-ABC show's 20th commemoration, 

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The second place said she was told not to take outside performing position between tryouts in summer 2009

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And Hollywood Week in January 2010 to stay quiet about her spot on the show.

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"Telling me that I couldn't perform? That was my sole source of income," she said.

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