Is the Competition Getting to Crystal Bowersox?
Abbey Simmons
Abbey Simmons
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
This morning Hollywood gossip site TMZ reported that Crystal Bowersox almost quit American Idol about two weeks ago after what must have been R&B and soul week. The website reported that Crystal walked off the show and only decided to return after the counseling and guidance of one Ryan Seacrest.

Here's what TMZ said happened: "It went down in a parking lot after a 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?" Seacrest convinced Crystal to stay by telling her that "being on Idol was like starting a business, and if she won she'd get a recording contract and become a millionaire." Apparently what sealed the deal was a touching story from Seacrest about being able to afford his mom a house and the promise that one day Crystal could do the same.

We took the report with a grain of salt, as we do most things posted on TMZ, but a tweet from Crystal herself this afternoon seems to confirm the story:

For those of you with eyesight that is worse than mine, Crystal said: "We all have moments of doubt. As much as I miss my kid, the big picture is this: I'm doing this for him and my fans. I'm having the time of my life!"

Does this story change your thoughts about Crystal?

While I find the "What's the point?" line a little disrespectful to her legions of fans, I also understand that the amount of pressure the contestants feel while competing on American Idol must be overwhelming. That pressure must only be compounded as mother who is away from her child, not to mention being someone who thought only 3 million people watched American Idol. And who of us have not said something we regretted in a pressure filled moment?

Furthermore, I appreciate Crystal for coming out and confirming the story rather than denying it or staying mum. It seems to me to fit exactly with the woman we've seen week after week, the woman who is staying true to herself and playing by her own rules on American Idol.

But that's just me, what do you think? Is the competition getting to Crystal? And will this revelation hurt her chances of winning?

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