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AMERICAN IDOL finalists Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze answer questions at the AMERICAN IDOL press conference on Monday, May 24 at the NOKIA THEATER in Los Angeles. Michael Becker/Fox

Randy Jackson

Pick: Lee DeWyze

"I like them both, but I will say the last couple of weeks, the rocker, Lee has come on so strong," Jackson said on "Lopez Tonight." "In the beginning it was Crystal, Crystal, Crystal, but I think it's gonna be a duel to the finish and right now, you probably have to say that the odds probably go to Lee."

Miranda Lambert

Pick: Crystal Bowersox

"I think she's amazing," Lambert told Zap2it after top 5 week. "[Crystal] is who she is, and I love people [with whom] there's no question what they do. They get up there, they do it, and you know who they are. That's my favorite kind of artist."

Diana DeGarmo (Season 3)

Pick: Crystal Bowersox

"I think they're both great," the season three runner-up told Hollywoodlife.com, "[but] we've had two guitar playing guys win the last two years. It's time for a lady to take it!"

LaKisha Jones (Season 6)

Pick: Lee DeWyze

"[Lee] has a very humbling spirit," the season 6 finalist LaKisha Jones told Zap2it. Though Jones said Crystal is "very, very talented," she added that Lee seems "very grateful for the opportunity. I can see some passion in his eyes when he sings and I think that comes across very well on camera."

Kimberly Caldwell (Season 2)

Pick: Crystal Bowersox

"I of course, like everybody else on the planet, love Crystal Bowersox," season two's Kimberly Caldwell told Zap2it. "I love the fact that she's so raw and she's real and she's a badass."

Kimberley Locke (Season 2)

Pick: Lee DeWyze


"I am rooting for Lee because I like Lee's style. I think he's grown," Locke told HitFix. "In the very beginning, I wasn't a fan of his. Not because he wasn't talented [but] because I didn't think he was having fun. And over the past few weeks, I've really watched him come alive. He's got talent. And I think he's got talent that he hasn't even tapped into yet."

"30 Rock's" Jane Krakowski

Pick: Crystal Bowersox

"She's organic," Krakowski told OK! magazine of Crystal. "I think that's really who she is, and that's when an artist in music can organically blend and then bring them to stardom.