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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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Mr. Know it All    

WHY ARE U GUYS HATING ON RYAN?

THAT WAS GREAT ADVICE. YOU DON'T THROW AWAY THE OPPORTUNITY SHE HAS CAUSE OF PRESSURE. SHE WAS HOMELESS AT ONE POINT YA KNOW. HE KNEW THIS WAS LIFE CHANGING AND THE SHOW WOULD HAVE DONE WELL WITH OR WITHOUT HER. SHE WAS POTENTIALLY THROWING AWAY MILLIONS. HE SAVED HER FROM GOING TO A PATHETIC LIFE AND NOW SHE'S IN A POSITION TO MAKE HER DREAMS COME TRUE.

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