An " American Idol" season nine finalist, she was told by the show to cease performing in local shows

for a period of time -- however, she violated the rules due to suffering from "borderline homelessness."

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In an interview with Insider in advance of the show's 20th anniversary on Fox-ABC, 

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the winner said that she was advised not to go outside for performing jobs during auditions between the summer of 2009

and Hollywood Week in January 2010 so that she could keep her place on the show secret.

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"Telling me that I couldn't perform? That was my sole source of income," she explained.

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As a mother of 24 years to the baby she relied on local gigs for money, so she "went into hiding under another name" to perform to earn money, she claimed.

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Bowersox started to Insider that she "had zero experience in the music industry or in the legal legalities of it," which resulted in a more difficult experience.

They say you're not allowed to tell or perform anyone. Your family members are required to sign

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confidentiality agreements, contracts, and nondisclosure contracts She said.

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Despite the fact that news of her undercover jobs "ended up getting around anyway," Bowersox stated she stayed out of getting disqualified.

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