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Bowersox to play gala

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
October 11, 2011

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“American Idol’’ Season 9 runner-up Crystal Bowersox has signed on to be the entertainment at this year’s Joslin Diabetes Center High Hopes Gala, which will be held at the Westin Copley on Nov. 19. Bowersox (inset), an Ohio native who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child and was hospitalized during her run on the “Idol’’ competition, told us by phone this week that she’s thrilled to have enough star status to help with the cause in big ways. She used to participate in local diabetes walks by lending her music - “That’s all I had,’’ she told us - but now she headlines big benefits and appears in a commercial for OneTouch glucose meters with B.B. King. “I flew my dad in for the day,’’ Bowersox said, of the commercial shoot. “He’s a big blues fan.’’ Bowersox - who edged out Cape Cod contestant Siobhan Magnus during Season 9 before coming in second to Lee DeWyze - told us that her career is on track, post-“Idol.’’ She’s still on the RCA roster (DeWyze was just dropped from the label, according to the Hollywood Reporter) and plans to start recording again later this year. Bowersox admits that her trip to Boston for Joslin will be her first real visit to the city. She has a friend in Marlborough, but she’s never really been downtown. “I’ve seen a lot of movies. ‘Good Will Hunting’ is there, right?,’’ she says, laughing. Of course, we had to tell Bowersox that she’ll be in town while Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are shooting a big-budget movie, “R.I.P.D.,’’ around the Hub. “Jeff Bridges?,’’ Bowersox responded, awestruck. “I’m going to have to find him and make him play a song with me.’’