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'American Idol' Front-Runner Almost Quit

4/16/2010 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.

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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.

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181.

don't judge others quickly    

Many folks have had a time when the pressure is more than one can handle. That is when friends who actually care step in and save the moment. Many people judge way to fast without really knowing what happened behind the scenes to cause this moment. Keep the faith Crystal and process the comments that really mean something. Listen to what you really want regardless of the pressure.The others really don't matter. You can do it!! You are super and have had my votes all along.

1651 days ago
182.

skylift    

I threw her a few votes before but I'm done with her now. She is a FREAKING pot smoking, lunatic! She thinks, "Oh, I'll just go home now". She deserves to be thrown off the stupid show. And then she twitters about her kid so that it turns into a publicity stunt. What's for next week Crystal??

1651 days ago
183.

Max    

Having a meltdown in front of several people in a parking lot, just makes Crystal look like an ungrateful attention seeking diva.

1651 days ago
184.

Susan    

Oh, come on. This is just anecdotal. Probably a made up or exaggerated story -- it creates a little, much needed, drama to this AI season.

1650 days ago
185.

Christine    

TMZ - PLEASE REMOVE ME FROM YOUR EMAIL ME WHEN SOMEONE REPLIES COMMENT.

1650 days ago
186.

jcoberly1    

Wow! She doesn't want the attention? WTH did she think was going to happen going on AI? AND, does she seriously think throwing a two-year-old temper tantrum crying that she wants to go home isn't going to stir some attention (ie TMZ)??? Whatever Crystal. :/

1650 days ago
187.

Kaydee    

I always knew I liked Ryan, no matter how much people make fun of him! So glad he talked Crystal out of leaving. I don't buy a lot of music anymore, but I would buy anything Crystal put out! Hope she continues for her CHILD more than her MOTHER!!!!!!

1650 days ago
188.

alice Case    

There is something unusual about Bowersox. I agree with all the comments about her appearance -
she needs cleaned up - the hair, the teeth, the clothes. Plus, she seems to have a chip on her
shoulder - I say clean up Bowersox ------ see how she looks. Immaturity perhaps? Pouty?

1650 days ago
189.

alice Case    

There is something unusual about Bowersox. I agree with all the comments about her appearance -
she needs cleaned up - the hair, the teeth, the clothes. Plus, she seems to have a chip on her
shoulder - I say clean up Bowersox ------ see how she looks. Immaturity perhaps? Pouty?

1650 days ago
190.

PNKPRLS    

it's okay, stop baggering her. i'm sure she's not used to all the attention just yet. Give her time.

1650 days ago
191.

sugarbee    

Crystal is Great. She is very sweet and has amazing talent. But the business sucks because of disgusting mean spirit *******s like the rude F*CKERS on this site calling her names. Jealous is what you sick losers are! This world would be a better place if you mean f*ckers would drop dead! She probably wanted to quit because of the BS from the hateful cowards like you on here who have nothing to offer the world except putting down people you don't even know who have done nothing to you! You hateful people are the real trash!

1650 days ago
192.

Jazzeh    

Gotta love Crystal. She knows how lame the show is and isn't afraid to let that be known, plus she's super talented. Just what the show needs. I don't see why the rest of her fans are throwing a fit over her saying this. You don't truly appreciate her as a person if you're willing to let her (sensible) opinion on the show get in the way of your votes for her. You're just another stick in the mud who picks a talented person to vote for without actually caring, just so you can watch the show and cry about it when it doesn't go your way.



Also, Ryan is a douche. Lol.

1650 days ago
193.

Dylan    

Crystal comes across arrogant with this 'I'm too cool for this show' type attitude and this meltdown just proves it. Her shtick is getting tiresome and overrated, her voice is monotonous and cracks when attempting to hit high notes outside her limited vocal range. She has zero spontaneity, lacks in stage presence, has no star quality and looks at her guitar constantly when singing. Like Taylor Hicks who was praised as a throwback to Michael McDonald and Ray Charles, Crystal has been praised as a throwback as well but to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. Another similarity Crystal will share with Taylor Hicks is his album sales.

1650 days ago
194.

Dylan    

Crystal comes across as if she is 'too cool' for this show and this meltdown just proves it. Her shtick is getting tiresome and overrated, her voice is monotonous and cracks when attempting to hit high notes outside her limited vocal range. She has zero spontaneity, lacks in stage presence, has no star quality and looks at her guitar constantly when singing. Like Taylor Hicks who was praised as a throwback to Michael McDonald and Joe ****er, Crystal has been praised as a throwback as well but to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. Another similarity Crystal will share with Taylor Hicks is his album sales.

1650 days ago
195.

Dylan    

Crystal comes across as if she is 'too cool' for this show and this meltdown just proves it. Her shtick is getting tiresome and overrated, her voice is monotonous and cracks when attempting to hit high notes outside her limited vocal range. She has zero spontaneity, lacks in stage presence, has no star quality and looks at her guitar constantly when singing. Like Taylor Hicks who was praised as a throwback to Michael McDonald and Joe ****er, Crystal has been praised as a throwback as well but to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. Another similarity Crystal will share with Taylor Hicks is his album sales.

1650 days ago
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