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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.

cystal bowersox and ryan seacrest
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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dd    

He did the right thing, show biz is tough, she might as well get used to it, besides she has a serious health problem and will need the money to handle it.

1590 days ago
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kitty kat    

C YA! Leave then the real star from Cape Cod Mass will take the spotlight. Quit whining and go on back to Ohio. No loss.

1590 days ago
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jojax    

Let her go...this girl looks like a white trash pig with bad teeth and dirty hair and feet..I cant stand the way the judges build her up every week and put down the other contestants. I vote for Tim and big MIke every week hope one of them wins.

1590 days ago
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Carrie    

Diva Bowersox has won Am Idol already...skank that she is.

1590 days ago
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Val    

pizzshop, why don't you pizz off?? Now for my real comment:



Ryan was right and it wasn't necessarily for his own selfish reasons. He gave Crystal the perspective that she needed. She said before that the ONLY reason that she was doing American Idol was to give her son a better life and she will cause she's gonna win! She loves her family but this is a sacrifice worth making for the long run. I am totally pulling for her and will be first in line to buy her first album. GO CRYSTAL!!!!!!!!!!

1590 days ago
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Jeepers    

Awwwww..........momma's boy.

1590 days ago
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bunny93    

Way to go Ryan!!!!

1590 days ago
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firedancermom    

she has type 1 diabetes and is a single mom. it's normal to get overwhelmed - she had just gotten out of the hosptial for god's sakes. give the girl a break - she is hugely talented and hope she wins it all!

1590 days ago
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BeatlesFan1    

Ad Hustler - I agree, I like Ryan Seacrest. He is so cute when he talks to his mom on the show, and they say he is one of the most hard-working people in the biz right now. That's certainly saying a lot. AI is a whole different world - probably more stress than most of us had at the ages of the contestants. Go Ryan - Crystal is a great asset to the show, and she deserves it!

1590 days ago
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Julie    

I have never been a Ryan S. fan... until this moment. Dude bought his mother a house. Gotta love that! Go Crystal!

1590 days ago
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Mark    

They should have done a psych evaluation screenig of crystal-meth before sending her to Hollywood. One has to wonder if that medical emergency of hers weeks back wasn't a nervous breakdown. She is definitely a head case. She looks like she hasn't showered in weeks

1590 days ago
27.

Kriss    

Chef Kooky- Need some veggie recipes!...:-) Thanks
PS- If you happen to see Chef DaVinci around...nice pics..

1590 days ago
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Proud2bBlack    

Crystal is a very talented young lady that has had to overcome a lot in her young life. For those of you that complain about her appearance there's nothing wrong with being different. She has beautiful skin and I love her dreads, it takes a lot to keep dreads healthy and neatly locked in place. Some of you really need to step outside your boxes and learn positive sides of other cultures. SO pathethic. It's better than that quarky looking PJ Herman female chick with those huge teeth and singing through her nostrils every week.



I wish the best for Crystal and she is the AMERICAN IDOL. Also Ryan is the sexiest host i've ever seen. Such a sweet son. His mother must be so proud.

1590 days ago
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Proud2bBlack    

I meant to say Pee Wee Herman looking chic. Her voice is so damn annoying.

1590 days ago
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shell    

WELL SHE SHOULD QUIT IF SHE CANT HANDLE IT NOW SHE WONT THEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SHOULDNT OF GONE IF SHE CANT BE A BIG GIRL THINK OF THE PEOPLE GONE THAT WOULD LOVE THE CHANCE SHES GETTING!!!

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