With the road winding toward ‘American Idol’s’ May 26′s finale, the four remaining finalists are suffering homesickness, but are focused on their careers, realizing the momentous impact the show can have on their musical futures.
“It’s hard for me to say that I miss home when this is what I want to be doing,” said Lee DeWyze at last Friday’s press conference with ‘Idol’s final four. “I am really trying to live in this moment and not rush it. When this is all said and done, I will get a chance to go back home, whenever that may be.”
“If this is what I want to do for the rest of my life, as a career, I have to be separate the two,” he added. “Driving to my moms house and being with them, or going to hang out with my friends, that’s not something I can do out here.
Crystal Bowersox, who baby son Tony and boyfriend have been with her in L.A., says she is used to being away from home – but still misses a dive bar in East Toledo, where a mural has been erected in her honor.
“My family is pretty relaxed about the whole thing,” she said. “I have lived away from home for a decent time. They’re used to me coming and going.”
“The thing that I really miss the most is playing shows with my bass player Frankie Daniels at Papa’s Tavern on the east side of Toledo, a little dive bar,” she said. “I hear they have a mural up of me now. I really miss jam nights, playing shows around town, shaking people’s hands, selling CDs out of the trunk of your car. Being on the front line with your fans.”
Michael “Big Mike” Lynche also has a baby and significant other with him in L.A., so he hasn’t been missing family.
“My home is always where my wife is,” he said. “We could be anywhere, anywhere and we don’t care. I don’t miss home necessarily in that sense of place.”
“We are excited to see where this is going,” he added. “The world is basically at our fingertips right now, depending on how hard we work. But as I have my wife and baby with me, it doesn’t matter where I am.”
And Casey James?
“I miss my dogs,” he said.