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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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31.

dd    

#32 She is a diabetic not a meth addict!

1614 days ago
32.

james    

Only in America does it always boil down to 'the money'. Anywhere else I would have expected him to say something along the lines of 'because you have a beautiful voice and the world needs to hear it' or - 'your voice is like a rare tropical flower that only blooms once every generation - and this generation would be inspired to hear you'.



But no. It's 'because you could make a lot of money yo!'



America.

1614 days ago
33.

Just saying    

I think Ryan should have told Ms. Smellysox, she also take a shower more than once a week... Just saying.



1614 days ago
34.

Rae    

If she wanted to leave the show she would have, no matter who tried talking her out of it! She has a good voice, but every week it is the same with her, she has ZERO personality. So by all means quit Crystal, Lee is going to win it ALL!

1614 days ago
35.

Grump    

@ - CHEF KOOKY



Posted at 1:06 AM on Apr 16, 2010 by KRAZY KOOKY KLOWN



Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/04/15/american-idol-crystal-bowersox-ryan-seacrest-quit/#comments#ixzz0lG7TKEcz




You are too funny!




Thats was sweet of Seacrest! Awwww... very nice!

1614 days ago
36.

Sonia    

shes pretty,, but her hair literally looks like dried cats#it

1614 days ago
37.

Tracey     

Rhonda's a suck up lol....although that roasted chicken dinner sounds awesome lol:)

1614 days ago
38.

Tres    

"3. I hope when she becomes famous and becomes a drug addict or crashes and burns ala Fantasia or Rueben, Ryan can handle the guilt. "




RUBEN IS A COLLEGE GRADUATE AND FANTASIA HAS HER OWN SHOW ON VH1 AND IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON HER ALBUM AFTER COMING OFF A VERY GOOD BROADWAY RENDITION OF THE COLOR PURPLE. JUST BECAUSE THEY AREN'T AS "POPULAR" AS KELLY CLARKSON DOES NOT MAKE THEM FAILURES(THEY DON'T SING POP/ROCK SO THAT IS TO BE EXPECTED). THEY ARE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR OWN RIGHT. SELLING LOTS OF CDS DOES NOT EQUAL TALENT,BTW. THEY WERE BOTH RAISED IN THE CHURCH. NEITHER HAVE EVER BEEN KNOWN TO TAKE DRUGS OR EVEN PARTY. PLEASE SPEAK ON WHAT YOU KNOW.



1614 days ago
39.

Pro Cleanse    

I have regret for this incident...



http://blog.itechtalk.com/2009/prolatis-review-does-it-work/

1614 days ago
40.

TheRealJerseyShore    

the headline later this afternoon will be. SEACREST MOM: 'HE NEVER BOUGHT ME A HOUSE . I DON'T NEED MY SON TO BUY ME A HOUSE'. And please don't be so gullible to believe that Seacrest did this for the girls benefit. It was all about the show.

1614 days ago
41.

TheRealJerseyShore    

the headline later this after will be. SEACREST MOM: 'HE NEVER BOUGHT ME A HOUSE . I DON'T NEED MY SON TO BUY ME A HOUSE'. And please don't be so gullible to believe that Seacrest did this for the girls benefit. It was all about the show.

1614 days ago
42.

William Eldred    

Why are people picking on Ryan Seacrest? He has to be one of the greatest success stories in entertainment. Starting out as one of two MCs, he in, what 8 seasons, has become Executive Producer of American Idol, he runs NUMEROUS E! programs, hosts an entertainment news show EVERYDAY. Sheesh! What more could people want? And, he seems to be human enough that "Boxarox" listened to him and, in fact, did not leave the show. At the beginning of the season, it was supposed to be the girls' turn. Now there are two left, out of 7. "Bagelsandlox" could very well win, except she's making a reputation as a diva before she opens her mouth. Let her go if she wants to go. Siobhan is the best singer of the bunch, and either Lee or Casey is probably going to win anyway. Especially if "Jackinthebox" continues her on-camera pouting. Janis Joplin she ain't.

1614 days ago
43.

Sasafras    

She should have left, got her gnarly teeth fixed, and then plan a comeback for the final AI episode.

1614 days ago
44.

fordtocarr    

They should've by rights, let her quit. If she quits this, she'll never make it later and they'll loose all that money. Millions of people try for this chance, don't waste it on someone who wants out. But, they must think she'll win to do that. Really, there is no one worthy of being idol and such a huge spotlight later. The talent is nothing more than I've heard in good karaoke competitions.

1614 days ago
45.

Oh no!    

I could always sense that Ryan Seacrest was a decent person. That is a pretty rare thing in Hollyweird.

1614 days ago
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