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The Grand Ole Opry debut of 2010 Season 9 American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox came as a surprise to both the Opry audience and to Bowersox, herself.
Before an Oak Ridge Boys performance this past Friday (Feb. 25), Opry announcer Mike Terry introduced Bowersox, visiting backstage, to the Opry audience as she waved hello from the side of the stage.
Following the Oaks’ performance on which they were joined by another American Idol alum, Bo Bice, segment host Vince Gill invited Bowersox back to the stage. “We do things out here for an awful lot of different reasons, but one is spontaneity, one is fun,” Gill said. “I went to the management and said, ‘Why don't we do the Southern gentlemanly thing and invite her to sing a song on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry?’”