`Idol' finalists ready to record albums, tour

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The show is over, the confetti all swept away, but "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze and runner-up Crystal Bowersox are just getting started.

The 24-year-old singers talked with reporters Friday about what lies ahead as they launch their professional music careers. Bowersox says she forsees a future that includes diverse music, drama and diabetes advocacy, adding that she'd love to work with fellow diabetic Bret Michaels.

The dreadlocked single mom from Toledo, Ohio, says she'll be meeting with record executives next week to discuss her musical future.

Discussions for DeWyze's debut album have already begun, he says. "It's been a crazy experience, the whole album-making thing, and talking and going to the meetings about it and everything," says the shy former paint-store clerk from Mount Prospect, Ill., adding that he'll have a lot of say in the sound and will also be writing new tracks for the record.

Expect "a folk/rock/alternative vibe," he says. "I want it to be very earthy ... I'm looking to make an album that can really speak to everybody, good stories and good music to back it up, because that's the kind of stuff I like to listen to."

Both "Idol" stars will be recording their albums while traveling the country on the "American Idols Live! Tour," which begins July 1 in Detroit.

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