She’s been called “American Idol’s” front-runner, but dreadlocked guitarist and singer Crystal Bowersox was ready to walk away from the show two weeks ago. According to sources, Bowersox wanted to quit “Idol” because she missed her family (she has a young son) but host Ryan Seacrest managed to talk her out of it by explaining the benefits of winning the show.
TMZ has learned “American Idol” contestant Crystal Bowersox threw in the towel a little more than two weeks ago and was walking off the show, when Ryan Seacrest did some fast-talking and changed her mind.
It went down in a parking lot after an “A.I.” show. In front of several people, Crystal told Ryan she couldn’t handle the competition…. she said she hated the attention and said to Seacrest, “What’s the point?”
Crystal said she was going back to Ohio to be with her family, whom she missed terribly.
Ryan told Crystal that being on “Idol” was like starting a business, and if she won she’d get a recording contract and become a millionaire.
Seacrest sealed the deal by telling her, “The greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house. You can buy your mom a house.”
Seacrest out … Crystal, not out.
Crystal has said more than once during the broadcast that she has “a lot” on her mind. A few weeks ago, she had to be hospitalized for diabetes complications on the night of a performance. I’ve been saying all along that perhaps, compared to the remaining, lackluster contestants, Crystal doesn’t really need this show to launch her career. But if she quit the show, there are probably a lot of folks who would stop watching. I hope she sticks it out – she’s probably the most legit contestant this season with a real shot at a career.