She said she began playing neighborhood gigs under a false name to bring in cash to help her loved ones.
Other "Symbol" finalists additionally needed to forfeit positions and school for their shot on the show.
Season-9 "American Idol" finalist Crystal Bowersox said the show advised her to quit performing nearby gigs for a very long time
Yet she defied the guidelines since she was encountering "marginal vagrancy."
Addressing Insider in front of the Fox-ABC show's 20th commemoration,
The second place said she was told not to take outside performing position between tryouts in summer 2009
And Hollywood Week in January 2010 to stay quiet about her spot on the show.
"Telling me that I couldn't perform? That was my sole source of income," she said.