Crystal Bowersox Could Be Disqualified If She Doesn’t Perform Tonight (Update: She is Performing Tonight)

5th Update: Ryan Seacreast just confirmed that Crystal WILL be performing. “Yes she is performing..live in 10 min” Soooo not surprised (But I am happy…)

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4th Update: Access Hollywood just confirmed that Crystal would be onstage with the rest of the girls. They did not confirm she’d perform.

3rd Update: From Ryan Seacrest: “I’m still in a run thru..uncertain. Planning for either way.” (Personally, I think TPTB and Crystal’s doctors have already made a decision. Now, they are just milking it for drama–get people to tune in to find out if she’s performing or not.)

2nd Update: Apparently FOX 5 is reporting that Crystal Bowersox WILL be performing tonight. NOT CONFIRMED. Hopefully, it’s more than a twitter rumor.

Update: Ryan Seacrest just tweeted–producers are meeting about Crystal right now…

Idol producers are still not sure whether Crystal Bowersox will be well enough to perform tonight, according to Ken Warwick on today’s Ryan Seacrest KIIS radio show.

If Crystal can’t perform tonight, she could be disqualified

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248 Comments

  1. Well, that would make a crappy season go down the drain at once, now, wouldn’t it? :(

    Hope she can recover at least enough to stand there and talk a few words. That in itself, would be good enough to vote for her.

  2. Yikes.

    Poor Crystal. I don’t see that they would have any choice but to disqualify her, but if they do that’ll be sad for her, since the show would at the very least help her get some kind of decent, sustainable music career, I’m sure, even though I can’t really see her winning it.

    … and I feel bad for me, as well, since at this point she’s literally the only person out of the whole 24 that I believe could have given at least a credible, reasonably focused, kinda interesting performance every single week.

  3. that would be the worst thing to loose this girl in an already weak season selection

  4. If she’s physically capable of standing up there for three minutes, she could go on and probably get more votes than anyone else even if she sucks (for her). But if she can’t even do that? They could give everyone a bye, but then they’d have to eliminate eight contestants next week. That’s really too much, I think. I don’t think they can give the girls a bye but eliminate two boys.

    I hope she’s well enough, and not just for the sake of the competition. She’s got a kid to take care of.

    If she’s DQ’d, I may not even bother to watch anymore. This season is that much of a suckfest to me.

  5. Ugh, I hope she doesn’t have to drop out, she’s one of the few I’m really interested in!

  6. Wow, that would suck. Not just for her but for the entire season because I think she’s a breath of fresh air on the show. But health issues have to come first. Hopefully she’ll perform, but if she can’t I hope somebody with influence saw her and was impressed.

  7. That really sucks. Can’t they just eliminate one girl this week and three next week? I guess they can’t change the rules mid-game. Just have one of the boys wear a blonde wig and sing her song tonight.

  8. Yeah, I may understand the need to move forward, as a game show, but if Crystal gets DQ’d for this, I think it would be one more nail in the coffin of an already lackluster season.

    Seriously, if she stood there and chatted with Ryan for a minute, I’d vote for her over most of the others.

  9. Ugh. Crystal seems to be one of the most consistent contestants this year. Personally I’m not a big fan of her style/genre, but she is good. I just want her to show a little more variety.

    I don’t want her to leave the show so soon, but at the same time I wonder how could she go on Idol summer tour is her blood sugar is not under control?

  10. Elliott of course has and had diabetes type 1 and remained in the competition, so I’m hoping she can continue also. If she would have to be disqualified, she would have to be extremely ill and not physically able to go on. If so, that is really very sad.

  11. With this being a poor season that’s being held up by a few girls, this just makes things even worse if she is disqualified.

  12. I hope it doesn’t come to disqualification because it would really suck. They should of done what Ken suggested first, which is to show an old video of her and let the people vote for her. I hope she is able to sit in a chair and sing something tonight. I was sure she would make at least the top 5 or even win. Sending good karma to Crystal, come on girl, you are a fighter. What craziness to a season that is so lackluster. I can’t see one of the best female contestants being eliminated because of health issues. They should give her at least till next week to recover and just play a package. If she is voted off with the package then so it be but don’t eliminate her. I know they did that on DWTS before.

  13. Leave her out of the whole dog and pony show and just let her come out for 3 minutes. Or just replay her previous performance or none for that matter. No need to disqualify.. leave it up to the public.

  14. Elliott of course has and had diabetes type 1 and remained in the competition, so I’m hoping she can continue also.

    As did Kevin Covais. … no way of knowing what other things may be complicating her issues though. I would think that having a young child that you were away from might increase your stress, for example.

  15. If she’s well enough to sit on a stool and sing for a minute an a half, they should let her do that and then get her off the stage pronto. Don’t even worry about making her stand around for the (overly lengthy) critiques after. It would be a terrible shame if she’s DQ’d.

  16. If Bowersox is DQ’d it would serve the producers right. They made choices in who they cast in order to ensure this was a girl’s year. If one of those girls they were banking on suddenly can no longer go on, and they are left with only dreck, they have no one to blame but themselves.

  17. Leave her out of the whole dog and pony show and just let her come out for 3 minutes. Or just replay her previous performance or none for that matter. No need to disqualify.. leave it up to the public.

    I actually think that would be really unfair to the other contestants. I hope that Crystal is able to perform tonight. She is one of the more interesting contestants in a really weak year. But, not to be harsh, sometimes things happen. Sometimes people get sick or injured in competitions and cannot compete. Sometimes in the entertainment industry people get sick or hurt and have to drop out of projects (eg. recently maura tierney had to drop out of Parenthood bc of cancer treatment.) TPTB are producing a TV show that is also a competition. If Crystal cannot participate in the same way as the other contestants then she will have to be disqualified. Would it have been fair if, during the Olympics, a figure skater could not skate due to illness, so instead they just had the judges score a videotape of a prior performance? No. Sorry.

  18. I really hope that she is well enough to perform tonight, for her own sake and for the sake of this season. As of right now, she’s the only one I’d actually buy music from, based on what we’ve heard so far during the competition. And she’s in this for more than just herself…it would suck if she had to leave based on something out of her control.

    If she really can’t perform, then they should show rehearsal footage, like Ken Warwick mentioned in the radio interview. That way the public is still voting on something “new,” at least. :-/

  19. sue:
    LOL, a guy with a blonde wig singing could work. :) She has to stay.

    Casey could do it, and he wouldn’t even need a wig. He might have to gruff up his voice a bit, though.

  20. In case people didn’t know, on Pop Idol, there was this guy called Rik who people thought was going to be a frontrunner and he had made the top 10, he then had laryngitis in the first week of the top 10 so he was given a bye to the next week, it was only when he couldn’t sing in the second week, he was disqualified.

  21. Crystal is really the one hope that this season wouldn’t be a snoozer. Even Ellen’s jokes aren’t enough to make me watch much longer if she goes, unless Lily, the second best hope, gets demonstrably more interesting.

  22. I have an idea! I don’t know exactly what’s going on with her, but presumably her blood sugars are out of control. It’s possible she’s on an insulin drip, which would require hospitalization. So my solution would be send her over via ambulance, wheel her out on to the stage, IV pole and all, let her do her thing (Ellen-style!), then cart her back to the hospital. Or better yet, let her perform via satellite from her hospital room. They seriously can NOT DQ her with such a poor showing of talent this year.

  23. If she gets disqualified, screw this season. I’ll probly still watch, but damn…and we thought season 6 was bad.

  24. I kind of agree about eliminating 1 girl this week and 3 next week if Crystal can’t sing tonight. I hope she feels better soon.

  25. I hope she won’t be disqualified if she can’t perform tonight.

    But didn’t something like this happen in Season 1 or 2 when one of the female finalists got really sick and dropped out of the competition after she was hospitalized? I have a vague recollection of something like this happening

  26. Wow – I really hope Crystal is OK. I do hope she is able to perform because she is absolutely my favorite contestant at this point.

    Crystal – get better soon!

  27. Think it’s odd that they would choose disqualification as an option if Crystal can’t sing tonight. Are they saying this to create drama? They could just show her performance from last week and have people vote for her if they want. Disqualification — silly option.

  28. I’d like to see her get another week to get better – and then at that point, she’d be DQ’d if she couldn’t go on. Maybe I’d feel differently if I didn’t like her, who knows.

  29. I hope Crystal can perform tonight. I really like her. She’s one of my favorites

    If she can’t, I think Idol will have to DQ her. They would be on a terribly slippery slope if they show old video of a previous performance. From now on, when someone is sick, they will want the same treatment so they don’t have to perform. Then the producers will be in a position where they will have to say, “No, you aren’t as sick as Bowersox was, you have to go on.” It would open them up for too many contestant and fan complaints in the future, imo.

  30. She really is one of the few standout performers this season, so I think they’ll bend over backwards to try to accommodate her. They really should show a rehearsal clip or something, though, because if she makes it through this week without having performed (and you know she will), I fear she will suffer major backlash down the road.

  31. I actually think that would be really unfair to the other contestants. I hope that Crystal is able to perform tonight. She is one of the more interesting contestants in a really weak year. But, not to be harsh, sometimes things happen. Sometimes people get sick or injured in competitions and cannot compete. Sometimes in the entertainment industry people get sick or hurt and have to drop out of projects (eg. recently maura tierney had to drop out of Parenthood bc of cancer treatment.) TPTB are producing a TV show that is also a competition. If Crystal cannot participate in the same way as the other contestants then she will have to be disqualified. Would it have been fair if, during the Olympics, a figure skater could not skate due to illness, so instead they just had the judges score a videotape of a prior performance? No. Sorry.

    my heart wishes it could be otherwise, but in my head, and the reality i live and work in, i agree with you… idol isn’t like a youth soccer or t-ball league, or a pageant that gives everyone a trophy, medal or ribbon for participating. my heart goes out to her, i hope she is well enough to compete, but they first and foremost are a business, and there are i’m sure rules in place for competing on the show that have to be followed, to allow for some semblace of fairness, and integrity… never thought i’d say that about idol, that’s the way it is. i hope she’s physically able to compete, and they don’t have to exercise the rules of the competition.

  32. Arg! I can’t believe I’m saying it but…I MISS PAULA. With a mostly dreck set of singers and with it looking like Crystal, one of the few decent singers, likely having to drop out, we need some FUN!!! Watching this show the last few episodes has been depressing. I didn’t miss Paula at first, but I’m really beginning to understand the lightness and fun she brought to this show. They’ve got to find a way to bring in that optimism and light-hearted sense of fun. Maybe they should only allow contestants to do X number of ballads over the course of the season. That would at least make some of the music more up tempo.

  33. I really hope Crystal is okay. That is more important than anything else.

    Selfishly, I also hope she doesn’t get disqualified. She’s my favorite at this point and I have really been looking forward to watching her compete.

  34. Wrote on the headlines thread, too, that this is TERRIBLE. She’s one of the very few kids that could have a reasonable shot at winning, and she’s pretty much irreplaceable.

    Diabetes I is no joke, as we’ve been reminded of by Elliot’s current dilemma.
    From DiabetesTrial.net:

    There are two types of diabetes. In type 1 diabetes your body stops making insulin because the body’s immune system destroys the insulin producing cells (called beta cells) in the pancreas. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin injections every day. Although it can occur at any age, this type of diabetes occurs more often in children and young adults.

    Elliot apparently managed his own condition well during the Idol race (one of the Jonas boys has it too, and is involved in related charity work), but this is the sort of thing that can flare up if you don’t constantly check your sugar levels and take your insulin, which certainly can be affected by stress, grueling work days, lack of sleep. But I don’t mean to suggest it’s somehow Crystal’s fault. Even people with diabetes who take excellent care of themselves can have
    some very bad days, and develop life-threatening conditions.

    Elliot’s SOS just reminds you also that people who have no easy access to healthcare, or in this country no medical insurance, are really endangered.

    Anyway, Crystal has endeared herself to millions of viewers and we all should be sending her some healing vibes. But selfishly, I also really want her to stay in the running because she is one of the brighter talents in a lackluster Idol year.

  35. To disqualify is stupid. It’s supposed to be the audience who decides now. Like everyone says, just show a previous clip or whatever and let the viewers decide.

    Getting insulin under control can be hard, but the pump works wonders and she might be fine once given good medical care and getting it under control. It doesn’t mean it will be a season long problem (if that is what it is)

  36. To me it sounds like they’re trying to get people to tune in to see what happens. Ryan did say she “could” be eliminated, not she “will” be. I’m guessing Crystal will be performing tonight. I hope so because she’s one of my faves this season.

  37. I agree with mmb. This is a competition and everyone has to be equally treated fair in regards of the rules and procedures. Would you guys feel the same way if Haeley had the same thing? The answer is that I don’t know. And think of the other contestants, they equally have the same right as Crystal to deserve their spot in the top 10 girls right now. Though this is an unfortunate event, if Crystal cannot perform it it is sad to say that she will be DQ because it is unfair to other contestants who are competing for the same dream crystal is to stay and get bye.

  38. I’m guessing Crystal will be performing tonight.

    Well someone must know something more by now…is she at rehearsal? at the hospital?….

  39. I like the idea of only kicking off one girl this week if Crystal can’t sing and getting rid of three next week. I think I would support that if it were any of the contestants, not just my favorite. And I don’t normally play so fairly with such things, haha.

  40. I like the idea of only kicking off one girl this week if Crystal can’t sing and getting rid of three next week. I think I would support that if it were any of the contestants, not just my favorite. And I don’t normally play so fairly with such things, haha.

    This works in favor of all the girls….

  41. I wouldn’t compare Idol to the Olympics insofar as I’m not aware of any international governing body for televised singing/popularity contests. I feel like the producers have every right to do what they want to do for ratings (within reason), and keeping Crystal would be good for the show (unless there is reason to believe that her medical complications will be recurring) Didn’t SYTYCD let a dancer take a week off due to an injury this past season? I can’t remember how they handled voting/eliminations that week.

  42. This works in favor of all the girls….

    Maybe for a week or two. They all have to go home eventually, male or female.

  43. for the audience to make a decision, she has to compete, and sing. if she cannot sing, then how can the audience fairly decide whether she stays, or goes… is showing a previous performance clip really fair to the other contestants… let’s say contestant x had an awesomely spectacular performance in week x, had a medical condition that precluded them for actively competing for a week, let’s say 2 weeks… the producers showed this static, pristine, perfect, spectacular performance clip during the live competition performance rounds, when the other contestants have to deal with live audiences, nerves, sound, etc… is that really fair to them… what to do…

    these are just the thoughts going through my head, as i play devil’s advocate with myself on this issue… it’s a tough call, one i wouldn’t want to ever have to make… the heart wants them to show compassion, do what is reasonable to keep her in… the head says this is a business, and are ultimately going to do what is in their and the show’s best interest… where compassion factors into this remains tbd.

  44. I really hope Crystal is OK and able to perform tonight. I see her going far in the competition if she can stay in. I still say AI did the absolute right thing in switching the guys and the gals around this week. Giving Crystal a chance to recover. They’re in the stage of the competition where this was a viable option. However, if she still can’t perform tonight, I think she will need to removed from the competition. Whoever used the figure skating analogy was right on. I do think “disqualified” is too strong a word for this situation, though. Makes it sound like she did something wrong…which she didn’t. Just due to health reasons, was unable to continue in the competition. Keeping fingers crossed, though, that Crystal is good to go tonight.

  45. holeighannie: Yup, they all gotta go home eventually, but there’s still many weeks left before the top several do!

    I’m of two minds here. If Crystal can’t perform tonight, but the docs give her a pass for tomorrow, I’m fine with them holding up the vote and giving her a shot on Thursday night. It’s weird, and maybe a little off-kilter, but if they can accomodate her in the same week it’s kosher to me.

    If her condition is still unclear, or she just needs recovery time, then that seems more grounds for disqualifying. I’m rooting for her to get out there tonight, but of course they CANNOT cut her extra slack. she’d get a lot of sympathy votes, tho!

  46. So You Think You Can Dance did it last season–showed a practice clip and asked people to vote based on previous work– but it really didn’t feel fair. The producers can do what they want but in the spirit of competition and fairness she probably should be disqualified. Maybe they could offer her a shot next season instead.

  47. They are SO doing this for publicity. Last season on X-factor one girl had laryngitis and couldn’t perform (i don’t even know if it really was laryngitis, maybe she was just sick) and she automatically advanced to the next round (and this happened inthe final rounds, probably top 6 or 5).
    Ratings are dropping again ? Well Ellen is completely useless as a judge (so she won’t be the one holding up the ratings in long run), surprisingly Kara as much as i don’t like her as a person, she made some valid points this season. But mostly i still wait what Simon has to say. Ellen and Kara are polar opposites (Ellen is a very warm and accessible person, but sucks at making valid judging points; Kara is very emotionaly flat and she’s trying to fake the emotion which doesn’t work, but actually she really is working as a producer and songwritter and it shows – i think this season she is overcoming tha last one, because she’s much better, but people can’t get over hers off-putting ‘act’).
    Anyway if Crystal really won’t perform tonight, my guess is she will be there next week.

  48. I wouldn’t compare Idol to the Olympics insofar as I’m not aware of any international governing body for televised singing/popularity contests.

    both entities are still, and the contestants and athletes that compete in them are, governed by and amenable to those pesky little things called rules. we can rail against them, and chafe when they are applied in a manner that impacts us negatively, or someone or thing for which we have an interest or investment in, but they are there for a reason. i do hope to see her well enough to compete tonight, and each week in the competition. but idol is well within their right to dq her if they decide to exercise whatever rule [s] are in place for the competition. it stinks, but that’s life sometimes.

  49. holeighannie: Yup, they all gotta go home eventually, but there’s still many weeks left before the top several do!

    Haha, yeeaahh. I guess if I were more invested in this season I would care more about fairness.

    Last season on X-factor one girl had laryngitis and couldn’t perform (i don’t even know if it really was laryngitis, maybe she was just sick) and she automatically advanced to the next round (and this happened inthe final rounds, probably top 6 or 5).

    Well damn, this is 10x worse than anything being discussed here and it actually happened, haha.

  50. If Drew Brees or Petyon Manning had broken their arms prior to the Superbowl, it would be bad but the NFL wouldn’t have postponed the game. I hope Crystal gets better. But when considering what’s fair for Crystal, you have to also consider what’s fair to the other contestants. You can accomodate her, but only to a point.

  51. Well, there is a precedence for allowing a contestant to skip a week. On SYTYCD when there was an injury, they gave the contestant a week to recover, and had another dancer fill in for the couple dances, showing tape for the individual performances. As I remember, it happened a couple of times last season.

    I do hope Crystal is feeling better as that is the primary concern. I also hope she is able to stay in the competition, one way or another, for both her sake and for all of us. Otherwise, this show will lose what little spark and interest still remains.

  52. If they DQ her, I won’t watch annymore. This is something out of her control… have a fucking heart

  53. She should just drag herself on stage. If she collapses, she’ll get enough votes. If she doesn’t, she shows she’s a trooper. It’s a win win situation

  54. I wouldn’t mind her skipping a week then eliminating 3 next week. That seems fair enough. These are the same people that allowed a 13th finalist last year because they felt like it. TPTB bend the rules when they want.

    I am totally against that running a video clip thing though. Either she performs or she doesn’t.

    Since she is one of a very few bright spots this season, I really hope she can rejoin the competition tonight.

  55. I think Idol isn’t governed by rules so much as it is by contracts. As long as it does everything above board, and doesn’t fiddle with the voting, it can probably do whatever it wants to with regards to the performing process and it’s contestants. Unless there is something in their contracts that say they are DQ’d if they can’t perform, then i’m sure TPTB have mucho latitude.

  56. can a precedent set on sytycd apply to american idol? are these two shows governed by the same rules of competition? has idol specifically had a similar precedent set, like the one on sytycd? i’m just asking, because i really want to know… nothing to this degree has happened that the viewing public was made aware of to this degree, and there are sooo many variables to consider… please, please be well crystal.

  57. Fox, Fuller, or whoever is in charge will do whats best for their “business.” Its is after all based on ratings and advertisers, and exempted from any laws other than what their lawyers saw fit for the company. I think they have full control without any ramifications from contracts or anything that may shoot themselves in the foot. I wouldn’t be surprised to see in the fine print a phrase reading “subject to change.” These kids signed their life away for like six months. You can try to compare them to the Olympics – to justify in any which way – as Warwick did, but in the end, numbers will determine the fate of the show.

  58. I wouldn’t mind her skipping a week then eliminating 3 next week. That seems fair enough. These are the same people that allowed a 13th finalist last year because they felt like it. TPTB bend the rules when they want.

    I agree with this. They can do what they want…if they disqualify her then I say something else happened that made them think they don’t want her around.

  59. Idol doesn’t have any rules. You could tell that from all the last minute changes they did last season.

  60. The most important thing is Crystal’s health. If she is not truly not up to it, I hope they don’t force her to perform tonight.

    TPTB have to be fair to all the contestants, not just Crystal. I think only eliminating one girl tomorrow, then 3 next week if Crystal can’t perform tonight would be a good compromise — but I think the same thing would have to be done with the guys — just eliminate 1 Thursday then 3 next week

  61. This drama has been more interesting than any of the live performances so far. I hope that changes and most of all I hope Crystal is OK.

  62. This is a reality show about a competition( I believe that is the way it has been described in the past) which makes it possible for producers to do anything they want.

  63. I wonder if Crystal is OK to perform, but Warwick decided to drag out the drama a little by claiming he’s got to wait on “Doctors orders” Hm.

  64. Idol doesn’t have any rules. You could tell that from all the last minute changes they did last season.

    they have the ones they exercise when they feel like it, lol… sheesh, i’m beginning to really think you have to be slightly crazy to sign up for this show… these contestants are really at the mercy of some mercurial and sometimes arbitrary, is it ”whims”, or contracts, rules – whatever the heck they are, lol… i so want someone to write a real tell all book about the back and front of the house idol experience… i don’t think we have the slightest clue what has gone on behind the scenes for all these seasons…

  65. TPTB have to be fair to all the contestants, not just Crystal. I think only eliminating one girl tomorrow, then 3 next week if Crystal can’t perform tonight would be a good compromise — but I think the same thing would have to be done with the guys — just eliminate 1 Thursday then 3 next week

    That seems like the best solution. Except they’ll have to find even more filler for their hour-long results show if they only do two total eliminations. Is Danny the only performer scheduled for this week?

  66. Crystal is pretty awesome but I think if she cannot go then she should just be disqualified and move on with her life. And if she can perform then all of this amounts to just another Idol publicity stunt. I’d lay money on the latter.

  67. I do hope they try their best to keep Crystal around…her talent is #1 on the girl side for me. So far 90% of the AI show this season is prety boring…only 2 girls(besides Crystal)& 3 guys show any potenial … I think I would have to go with the Netflix opinon during that time slot!!!

  68. Someone from AI must be twittering today…how come we don’t know more?

  69. They should either automatically send her through, or just say vote for 5710 if you’d like to see Crystal around next week although she didn’t perform.

    Either way, she’d get through. I just can’t imagine them letting her go.

  70. Using someone’s poor health as a publicity stunt or for increased drama seems pretty pathetic even for Idol. But if ever there was a season that needed it…

  71. Crystal is pretty awesome but I think if she cannot go then she should just be disqualified and move on with her life. And if she can perform then all of this amounts to just another Idol publicity stunt. I’d lay money on the latter.

    yeah – it does feel like a little manipulation is at play here… they can and will use anything to keep people emotionally vested in the contestants, and the show. if they can use you, your backstory or current story to their advantage, they will. idol is all about idol, their bottom line, 1st, last and always.

  72. Someone from AI must be twittering today…how come we don’t know more?

    Because they already know what’s going to happen, but since they want to force us to tune in to find out, they’ve threatened all the twitterers with losing their livelihoods if they blab it? … just a thought.

    My bet is that, one way or another, they do their utmost to keep Crystal. They’ve heard the boys. Heck, they’ve heard the girls. … And given the flailing that was going on last night in an attempt to make somebody a fan of some guy, by some means, they know that they may be in serious ratings trouble with this — so far — insomnia-curing group.

  73. I wonder if there is more to it than that…I wonder if she did something irresponsible to make herself sick.

  74. I wonder if Crystal is OK to perform, but Warwick decided to drag out the drama a little by claiming he’s got to wait on “Doctors orders” Hm.

    That’s what I’m wondering, MJ. My guess is that she was released from the hospital last night with the orders, “You get rest, tonight. Then, we’ll check you out tomorrow before you give the go-ahead.” In other words, her doctor fully expects her to be fine, but has to do a recheck before releasing her. But, Warwick made it sound more ominous with his “We still don’t know if she can perform. We’re waiting for the doctors.”

    The thing about losing Crystal this early is she could become larger than life in viewers’ minds, and the winner will always be tainted. “If Crystal had been in the competion, he/she never would have won.” So, it might be in the show’s best interest to figure out how to keep her in, even if she can’t perform tonight. I’m still betting she performs, though.

  75. I wonder if there is more to it than that…I wonder if she did something irresponsible to make herself sick.

    Well, given her disease, given what Elliott’s said about how hard it is to keep to your eating and exercise regimen during Idol, and given that she also has a child to think about, which has to have an effect on her stress levels and therefore could, conceivably, all by itself mess up your blood sugar, I don’t think any thing irresponsible would have been necessary.

  76. If she’s able, I’m for the idea of having her do a sit down performance during rehearsal and then they could play that for the audience, rather than have her go through the stress of the live show. She’d still be judged based on her performance. Let’s face it, whether she pre-tapes something or does the show live, she’s not going to get voted out, sick or not, so it’s not as if she’ll be “stealing” some other girl’s slot due to a sympathy vote.

  77. Oh no, say it isn’t so :(.

    I want to believe that TPTB are evil enough to be throwing these “possibilities” around just for publicity, and that Crystal is feeling better, as the rumors indicated yesterday. I want to think the worst of them so I can believe the best for MamaSox.

    It would be really, really sad if she is DQ’d, this season is boring enough.

    So, my best vibes for Crystal!

  78. They can do what they want…if they disqualify her then I say something else happened that made them think they don’t want her around.

    There could be more to this. If Crystal’s current medical problem is a one-time thing, arrangements can likely be made to work around it. But if she is, for instance, a “brittle” diabetic with continuing problems, TPTB probably wouldn’t want repeated events to work around. A strictly controlled diet is an integral part of efforts to keep brittle diabetics stable. That could be a bit of a problem even now, but could become an unmanageable one on the Idol Tour this summer.

    Also, an endless stretch of changes to accommodate Crystal wouldn’t be fair to the other contestants.

  79. “Brittle” diabetic is a new term for me. Can you tell me what this means?

  80. Someone from AI must be twittering today…how come we don’t know more?

    Because they already know what’s going to happen, but since they want to force us to tune in to find out, they’ve threatened all the twitterers with losing their livelihoods if they blab it? … just a thought.

    Then it’s my guess she is there and performing tonight. If she wasn’t, we would have heard.

  81. “Brittle” diabetic is a new term for me. Can you tell me what this means?

    It’s more a layman’s term used to describe somebody with diabetes that is very difficult to control. The area between having too much insulin and not enough tends to be narrow for them so they are often drifting into either condition, sometimes dangerously so.

  82. I wonder if Crystal is OK to perform, but Warwick decided to drag out the drama a little by claiming he’s got to wait on “Doctors orders” Hm.

    That’s exactly what it sounds like… i.e. want to know if Crystal will perform tonight? Well, you gotta tune in, live, to find out! Sigh. Anyway, I do hope she’s okay.

  83. I’m thinking maybe AI doesn’t want to appear like they are playing favorites with her. They completely changed their schedule around to accomodate her which has never been done. So by saying that she would be DQ’d (even though I’m sure they know she’ll sing), it makes it appear she isn’t getting special treatment. IDK, that makes sense in my head at least.

  84. Looking on the bright side, if this had to happen it’s good that it’s happening early on. I think it would have been much more disruptive to the show, and caused much more of a viewer backlash, if she had been DQ’d after making the top 10, which she would have. Whoever wound up winning would always have an asterisk by their name.

  85. I just kinda think that its not that she’s DQ, its more like she can’t continue. Shame for boths sides. TPTB are trying to be fair by switching the nite to begin with. But they gotta be wondering if she can go on this week how fragile is she to keep continuing. Do they sign some kind of medical background on themselves when they tryout????

  86. IMO this has to be one of the most boring seasons of Idol ever. You would think by now the contestants would realize they are looking for a STAR. Some of the song choices and performances are nothing more than a snooze fest. I think the irritability of the judges is becoming apparent. As far as Crystal goes, she is really the only one that seems unique and genuine enough. If she goes then I will probably just follow mjs post show reports and not bother watching it. American Idol is tanking and I can see why the judges are abandoning the ship. Not even Ellen can save it. :)

  87. Someone from AI must be twittering today…how come we don’t know more?

    Cory the comic tweeted an hour ago.

    @corylive Just about finished rehearsing the ladies for tonight’s #americanidol show. Good stuff!

    No clues whether Crystal is there or not.

  88. I’m sure she’ll perform. They’re just taking yesterday’s drama and trying to keep it going by creating more…

  89. I’m sure she’ll perform. They’re just taking yesterday’s drama and trying to keep it going by creating more…

    Now, you know AI wouldn’t milk a situation like this for their own benefit. ;)

  90. Mj, do you have spies today? Maybe somebody over at rehearsal can enlighten us a bit.

    Then again, if AI wants to drag the drama out, she could rehearse in another room just to create suspense.

    In any case, I hope it’s nothing major and that she indeed feels better soon. regardless of my selfish wishes of having her on AI.

  91. Ryan just tweeted that they are in a meeting now about Bowersox:

    RyanSeacrest: In a meeting now about it. Hang tight! RT @Oc_Danielle: Is #CrystalBowersox going to be on tonight #Idle @RyanSeacrest?

  92. If she can’t continue, they should bring back Tasha Layton…who should have never been passed over in the 1st place…..

  93. Well if they’re in a meeting that can’t be good. If she was there and able to perform, what would there be to have a meeting about?

  94. Ryan just tweeted that they are in a meeting now about Bowersox

    I don’t like the sound of that. If Crystal is cleared to sing, there would be no reason for a meeting.

  95. Ryan just tweeted that they are in a meeting now about Bowersox:

    RyanSeacrest: In a meeting now about it. Hang tight! RT @Oc_Danielle: Is #CrystalBowersox going to be on tonight #Idle @RyanSeacrest?

    That suggests that she won’t perform tonight…otherwise why have a meeting?

  96. If this is true then I feel bad for Crystal. Having serious health problems is bad enough, but having it hurt her chances on the show is doubly regrettable.

    That said, I don’t think there is any fair way to keep her in the competition if she can’t perform with the other girls this week. If they’re going to send two girls home, one should be the girl who couldn’t perform at all. I know it sucks but it really wouldn’t be fair to the others to give Crystal a bye if the others don’t get the same treatment. She will have performed one less time than the other girls.

  97. i highly doubt she will be disqualified. even so, she cant win.

    but having said that, 2 seasons ago on UKs X-Factor- i believe it was like top 8 or 9- simon’s favorite, Diana, was too sick to perform and he let her go straight thru to next week…no performance…no voting…just let her straight thru.

    i mean honestly, everyone and their dog knows crystal is going to get thru tonight if she just stood on stage and shit in a bucket…they shuld put her thru to next week and have a regular show…if shes too sick to perform next week, then they should bring back the girl with the second lowest total from this week. eliminating her because she cant perform this week would be dumb IMO

  98. Yeah I agree, I just keep thinking that it must have been pretty bad for her to still be unable to sing tonight. I do think it’s unfair to disqualify her for her illness, but the most important thing is for her to get better.

  99. simon’s favorite, Diana, was too sick to perform and he let her go straight thru to next week…no performance…no voting…just let her straight thru.

    I think that’s unfair. Sorry, but I do.

    I hope Crystal is okay and that she will be able to perform tonight but giving her a pass to the next round without performing or enduring the judging and voting would give her an unfair advantage over her competitors.

  100. They shouldn’t disqualify her, just put up the number when she would have gone in the show and use a clip (maybe her super-awesome Sheryl Crow cover?) at the end when they flash the numbers again. She will get a ton of sympathy/ precedent votes weather she goes this week or not. If she can’t go next week then there should probably be some disqualification based on health reasons (plus she probably wouldn’t have time to prepare anything if she’s in the hospital for a whole week.) My Idol memory doesn’t stretch that far back, but I don’t think anyone was sick enough to land themselves in a hospital, therefore, no reason to miss a week.

    It’s probably just a publicity stunt. If it was serious enough that she couldn’t perform tonight they would know by now. Therefore, I think she’s relatively fine, probably taking her sweet time leaving, and gonna perform tonight.

  101. If it was me, and doctors told me not to sing, I would go against their orders for the 1.5 min performance. She can sing then leave

  102. If it was me, and doctors told me not to sing, I would go against their orders for the 1.5 min performance. She can sing then leave

    Even if the situation was potentially life-threatening?

  103. If it was me, and doctors told me not to sing, I would go against their orders for the 1.5 min performance. She can sing then leave

    Even if the situation was potentially life-threatening?

    If it was that bad, she should of been DQ’s yesterday on the spot.

  104. Am I the only one that thinks this seals Crystal’s win if she performs tonight? I don’t particularly like her style but I will admit she’s lightyears ahead of some of the other girls. (I don’t have a horse in the race at all this year.) Between talent and now sympathy vote, I’d be shocked if she doesn’t win with all this drama.

  105. That would be terrible if they cut her, but I also don’t agree with just putting someone through to the next week if they didn’t perform and endure judges comments, along with votes counted.

    I wonder what would happen to people in the pool who may have picked her to win? Since she wouldn’t have been voted off, does that change anything? Just wondering…

  106. I don’t like hearing “in a meeting.”

    I would bet all the money I (and my dad’s credit card:)) has,that there going to make peoe cots on sympathy,and just show a pevious clip.I hate when that’s done,because it seems unfair,but I don’t want her to be DQ’d either.

  107. Hopefully, if she is DQ’d, the uproar about it will get the attention of a record label, and she’ll get signed anyway. She’s talented enough to get a deal.

    I find it pretty odd that they are being so vague about what happened to her. We know about David Cook’s high blood pressure, and Meghan Joy’s “influenza B”. Crystal’s diabetes is public knowledge, so why not give a little more info? Oh, I remember, because the whole thing is meant to string us along so that we’ll watch tonight to find out what happens. I think Crystal is innocent in this, it’s just Idol taking advantage of the situation.

  108. I wonder what would happen to people in the pool who may have picked her to win? Since she wouldn’t have been voted off, does that change anything? Just wondering…

    At this stage, there is no penalty to change an overall pick.

    As for this week if Crystal is unable to perform, I think there are two options:

    *Allow up to 10 points on any single girl, since only one is cut.

    *Give 5 bonus points to anyone who put 5 points on the single cut girl (but no other bonus points).

  109. Hopefully, if she is DQ’d, the uproar about it will get the attention of a record label, and she’ll get signed anyway. She’s talented enough to get a deal.

    I hope so too, as long as her schedule isn’t too strenuous.

  110. If it was me, and doctors told me not to sing, I would go against their orders for the 1.5 min performance. She can sing then leave

    I’m going to guess the producers were waiting for a doctor’s official opinion for insurance reasons. If the doc says no, the producers say no. They can’t risk the liability. Sadness.

  111. Shes one of my favorite girls… so I hope she does not go home yet.

  112. If it was me, and doctors told me not to sing, I would go against their orders for the 1.5 min performance. She can sing then leave

    Idol would never allow it. Basic legal reasoning. Absolutely not.

    I wouldn’t mind if they just put up her number, but I’m not the one they’re concerned about here. Disqualifying a frontrunner would be a bad idea; the entire season would become, “Yeah? Well, Crystal Bowersox would have done better!”. Eliminating 1 then 3 isn’t a terrible idea, either. (And it’s not like Idol can’t imagine more filler; hell, I don’t give the producers much credit in the ability department, but these people know how to design filler like no other)

  113. Hopefully, if she is DQ’d, the uproar about it will get the attention of a record label, and she’ll get signed anyway. She’s talented enough to get a deal.

    Yeah, but nothing will replace the exposure gained from being on this show

  114. This isn’t just a matter of being sick or having achiness or stuffiness. In a diabetic coma or the after effects, a person can be slurring their words or even oblivious to their surroundings.

    Someone mentioned earlier, and I agree, if Crystal is DQ’d, people will always wonder whether she would’ve beaten the ultimate winner. The winner would be tarnished.

    It’s hard to be fair in this situation but, to me, if they’re still deciding, 3 hours til showtime, this can’t be good for her.

  115. If it was me, and doctors told me not to sing, I would go against their orders for the 1.5 min performance. She can sing then leave

    I doubt that it’s entirely up to her now. If the doctors say there is risk involved with her performing tonight, I don’t think the show will let her go on. If she is well enough to perform tonight, we’ll see her. But they obviously can’t allow continuous situations to occur so they’re being cautious.

    If she is extremely vulnerable healthwise, they are also thinking ahead to the tour because it is almost certain she will make top 10. Health issues arise pretty often on the tour, even for the healthy contestants. The tour is pretty grueling.

    Always the possibility that everything is now okay with Crystal and the show is just liking the publicity. But if not, they shouldn’t be unfair to all the other contestants just to be fair to Crystal.

  116. This is not as easy as it seems. As much as I think it would be a loss for Crystal to be disqualified, I think the powers that be are probably thinking about the future as well. If the pressure of doing a show has put her into a dire state with her diabetes,(and that is easy to do, no matter how well controlled) things are only going to get more stressful and how will traveling for a tour affect her. The travel is a lot of pressure and there are no set times for much of anything, such as sleep or meals. Being diabetic, it is a fact that Diabetics need to stay constant to stay healthy. The stress of it all may be too much, not to mention the liablity on Idols part. Lots to consider. I wish her the best. Doing something independently may be the best route for this talented young lady.

  117. It’s hard to be fair in this situation but, to me, if they’re still deciding, 3 hours til showtime, this can’t be good for her.

    This is so weird. Why haven’t they made an announcement either way?

  118. I’m not invested in Idol this year at all. I usually just follow here @ MJs. Just wondering tho, are the ratings down? Are TPTB just using this for ratings or pushing her backstory?

    Regardless, I have the utmost compassion for Crystal. Diabetes can be a cruel disease and is complicated by stress. For those who are Crystal’s fans, do you think she/her illness can sustain the high level of stress being on the show, especially if/when she makes the Top 10? I think her health is more important tho I’m sure she wants to win or at least do very well in this competition. Good luck Crystal.

  119. I’m sorry but if it were me, I wouldn’t put my health at risk for anything. She has a little boy to think about. If she were to continue with the show and then somehow get even sicker later on, then what do you do? I’m sure she wants to give him the best life possible but at the risk of losing her life to do so? I think not!! What happens if she makes the tour? That is a grueling schedule even for a healthy person. Diabetes is nothing to mess around with. Several people on my mom’s side have or had diabetes including myself. There are many days where I can’t even get out of bed because I feel like crap. My grandmother was also in and out of hospitals due to diabetes for the last several yrs of her life. Her life was miserable because she couldn’t do anything. I’ve lost so many loved ones due to complications from diabetes so this is a very sensitive subject to me.

  120. If Crystal is DQed, I doubt that it will be primarily because she can’t sing tonight. But it will probably be because of what TPTB at AI think her chances are of being able to fulfill her obligations as a contestant in the long run.

  121. My suggestions:

    1. DQ her
    2. Make this a non-elimination week (a la Idol Gives Back), but discard ALL votes allowing everyone a free pass into next week.
    3. End the season early since it sucks anyway

  122. Disqualified is such a horrible word, so my initial reaction was “If she’s disqualified I’m gonna have to choke a bitch and kick some groins.” I dunno, I’d use “withdraw”.

    Either way, her health is more important than anything else. Hopefully they allow her to come back next year if she has to withdraw.

  123. It would be unfortunate if she is disqualified from the competition. I, personally, would be disappointed, because I really like her. However, her health must come first.

    (Elliott did manage it pretty well, though, so I hope she is able to do the same.)

  124. They did it on SYTYCD, they let an injured person stay in an extra week when doctors said she couldn’t dance. They could also let people vote on her from some other footage. Crystal is too good for them to let her go like this.

  125. My suggestions:

    1. DQ her
    2. Make this a non-elimination week (a la Idol Gives Back), but discard ALL votes allowing everyone a free pass into next week.
    3. End the season early since it sucks anyway

    All reasonable suggestions. I vote for #3.

  126. to someone who said this is public k n owledge,it’s not,you have toread blogs to know about her diabetes

    Tony,if you’re serious,tht wouldn’t work because the boy already performed.although this could be just performance week and they could have double elimination next week.by what will they do with there thursday night space?

  127. How do you quote in here? I haven’t been able to figure that out.

    Jammasta, I agree. Disqualify is not the right word for this situation. It sounds like she did something wrong…but she didn’t. Withdraw is a much better word in this case.

    I hope it doesn’t come to that. I hope she is better and will be fine to continue in the competition.

  128. I am super irrationally worried about this. I am also pretty sure that the doctors have advised against her preforming, otherwise it wouldn’t be this dragged out. Can TPTB freaking decide already?

    Edit: MJ, if we haven’t heard anything in the next 30 minutes or so, can you post the decision on Twitter for thoes who can’t be near a computer/tv and want to know what’s going on?

  129. Tony,if you’re serious,tht wouldn’t work because the boy already performed.although this could be just performance week and they could have double elimination next week.by what will they do with there thursday night space?

    For Thursday’s show (if this were to be a non-elimination week), maybe they could just scrounge up few last-minute performances by some artists willing to be on the show. Let’s see some REAL talent :)

  130. “Disqualify” is what happened to Corey Clark when he didn’t tell Idol about his arrest record. In Crystal’s case, the better word would be “withdrawn”.

    Someone mentioned earlier, and I agree, if Crystal is DQ’d, people will always wonder whether she would’ve beaten the ultimate winner. The winner would be tarnished.

    I wouldn’t say the win would be tarnished. Look at Dancing w/the Stars a couple of seasons ago. Misty May-Treanor (and her partner, Maks) had to withdraw (not disqualify!) when her achilles tendon ruptured during practice. At the time, she was doing quite well and, yes, people wonder how well she could have finished, but I don’t think it tarnished Brooke Burke’s win.

    If she does have to withdraw, I wonder if Idol will make an exception and let her audition again next season.

  131. I have a test in 40 minutes and Crystal’s situation is making me procrastinate :P.

    Either way, I just had a brilliant idea: Dress Kris Allen or Adam Lambert as Crystal Bowersox and have either of them perform tonight in her place.

    ….I want my Mamasox to win (or at least get in the top 6, I do have 5 other contenders to win, some of whom I can see myself preferring later on), but I’ll take the withdrawal if it’s bad for her health. Hopefully Ellen does what she did for Angela Martin and puts Crystal on the Ellen show if that’s the case.

    If Crystal withdraws, I don’t see the winner’s reputation being tarnished as “the one who should’ve been Crystal”. I think most people will be (mostly) over it when the finale comes.

  132. What time does dress rehearsal start?

    It’s around 6:00 est… at least for the Top 12 shows it was. We would get the “spoilers” about 15-20 minutes before the actuall show.

  133. Ryan tweeted this about an hour ago…

    In a meeting now about it. Hang tight! RT @Oc_Danielle: Is #CrystalBowersox going to be on tonight #Idle @RyanSeacrest? about 1 hours ago via UberTwitter

  134. I have a test in 40 minutes and Crystal’s situation is making me procrastinate .

    Same here, except I have to leave for work. Sadly, I’m debating if the drama is worth calling in “sick” for…

  135. Remember Josh Gracin from Season 2? If I recall correctly, he was told that if the Marines were to call up his unit and send him to Iraq, he would have to withdraw – but he would have been guaranteed a spot in the (I think) Top 12 of a subsequent season. Maybe if Crystal is forced to withdraw, she’ll be guaranteed a spot in the Top-24 in a future season once her health gets back on track.

  136. I hope that Crystal can perform so it’s a non-issue but don’t think it will ruin or taint the season if she can’t. She’s very good but I’ve always felt she could have trouble getting the public behind her. Still she’d be top 10 for sure which would be wonderful money-wise for her.

    I like several people this season and Crystal is one of them so hope she can stick around. Every season it seems that the newest one is the worst ever, boring, etc. I think it’s often not until the top 10 or 12 that things gel.

  137. It’s around 6:00 est…

    Thanks. I guess I’ll go make dinner, and check back after 6 to see if there’s an update.

    BTW, people have joked that TPTB would never have switched shows for Michelle or Paige. But, I’m not sure either of them would have generated this much interest or angst. In fact, I’m not sure that many contestants this season would. Which is a reflection of how uninteresting the season is.

  138. Her being DQ’d would be the worst thing for an already sub par season. Because she is good, it will be a shadow that will follow this season and the winner

  139. Regardless, I have the utmost compassion for Crystal. Diabetes can be a cruel disease and is complicated by stress. For those who are Crystal’s fans, do you think she/her illness can sustain the high level of stress being on the show, especially if/when she makes the Top 10? I think her health is more important tho I’m sure she wants to win or at least do very well in this competition. Good luck Crystal.

    I’ve had brittle, type 1 diabetes for 29 years, and just recently started on an insulin pump, and in my own experience, this type of issue is rare. During that 29 years, I’ve only been hospitalized because of my diabetes maybe 6 or 7 times. I worked long hours in real estate, with a crazy schedule, and I learned to cope with that. There is a very good chance that if Crystal is given the opportunity to continue in the competition, this should not be an ongoing problem. Even on tour, she would need to test her blood maybe 10-12 times per day, and always have healthy snacks available.

    I lost my pilot’s licence due to my diagnosis, and I can see the reason for that, but it ruined my dream of flying professionally and broke my heart. I’d feel so badly for Crystal if her dream is ruined as well. Personally, though, I believe that if Crystal works hard at it, she could continue on in the competition and the tour, if given the appropriate medical guidance, and puts in the extra work it will take to adjust to the schedule and stress.

    I’m in Canada, and know that here, at least, it would be considered discriminatory to try to make the decision for her about touring, so far in advance. If she’s able to perform tonight, whether she’s fit to tour should be decided between her and her doctors.

  140. If she does have to withdraw, I wonder if Idol will make an exception and let her audition again next season.

    Better yet, maybe they could make it a Top 25 (13 girls) instead of Top 24 and hold that 25th slot for Crystal if she’s able to be a contestant next season.

  141. I wonder if she simply got sick out there — as Ryan said, everyone gets a bout of the flu at least once — and her diabetes has made it harder for her to recover. Just speculation on my part, but her apparently having a healthy baby a year ago makes it seem that her diabetes is usually controlled OK. Kat McPhee missed most of her Idol tour to some kind of illness (many thought it might have been eating disorder), and Bo Bice broke his foot AND had intestinal surgery, which knocked him out of about half the tour, I think. Gosh, #1 I hope this talented young girl is recovering, and #2 is there no way a rehearsal, etc. could be shown? After all, the voting line phone numbers are shown over a segment of the dress rehearsal, making that the last impression on the voters’ minds. Something filmed should be allowed!

  142. As someone with diabetes, I certainly sympathize with Crystal’s dilemma. It is very hard to control blood sugar with stress, an irregular schedule of food and exercise, or especially if she has caught a virus. I mean it is very, very hard no matter how careful you are. And, of course, the consequences can be kidney failure, blindness, amputation, death.

    And it is not just a case of pumping enough insulin to suddenly lower the blood sugar levels, it is more complicated, thus the hospitalization. Also, after a bad episode of high blood sugar, or low blood sugar, one feels depleted for days, so I think her performance will be effected.

    On the other hand, it is very expensive to treat the complications from diabetes. The money she could earn if she were to win could literally be a lifesaver in this society where because of our healthcare system, money determines whether you live or die. And, if her diabetes is very, very difficult to control, her life expectancy may not be very long and she has that little boy to consider

    She is a wonderful artist, I hope they do everything possible to keep her, let her perform, give her a chance. She has more than just a career to gain if she goes far.

    If they do disqualify her, I will be sure it is because of her illness and their fear that she will not be able to keep up the grueling schedule. But she is great, she should stay.

  143. BTW, people have joked that TPTB would never have switched shows for Michelle or Paige.

    $20 says if it were Katie Stevens, the concept of DQing her wouldn’t even have occured to them. They’d just free pass her to next week and eliminate one this week and three next.

  144. I’m genuinely sorry about that hope07

    Adam Lambert

    YES!!!!

    That’s a great idea Tony.But,who will they find so last minute that’s also VERY good? And will people tune in for a bunch if random performances? I don’t think so

  145. Odd, Crystal posted on FB 21 minutes ago that from here out she would be posting on the AI contestant page!

    This is awful. There must be a way to work this out and let her compete.

  146. Nostradamas:
    03/03/2010 at 4:20 pm

    If she can’t continue, they should bring back Tasha Layton…who should have never been passed over in the 1st place…..

    Ahhh, if only.

  147. Odd, Crystal posted on FB 21 minutes ago that from here out she would be posting on the AI contestant page!

    form message… casey, andrew, didi, and lily had the same ones

  148. There must be a way to work this out and let her compete.

    I know!!! Just give the girl a contract now!

  149. Joining the game kinda late so I haven’t yet read the comments…

    But I call unnecessary drama. Wouldn’t they be having dress rehearsals right about now? Obviously by now they would have “doctors” orders on if Crystal is okay or not.

    I do hope Crystal is fine, but I do feel that is she is unable to perform it should be a disqualification. I enjoy Crystal but I think out of fairness of the other girls who do perform(sucky or not) Crystal shouldn’t have the right to continue.

    I still say TPTB are milking this unnecessary drama for all it is worth. Drama=ratings.

  150. But I call unnecessary drama. Wouldn’t they be having dress rehearsals right about now?

    This has been going on since early afternoon, so yes you’re late. And dress rehearsal is in 15 minutes from now.
    And as for unnecessary drama, the only people who care are the ones on this website, so no, they’re not creating drama. We are. Thanks for playing!

  151. LOL, most ill-timed accidental typo ever. Cracking me up right now.

  152. FOX news just said something about it but I didn’t hear the whole thing…I heard the word “home”.

  153. If she can’t compete, then she should be disqualified.

    But Crystal’s a tough cookie. Let’s see if she can tough this one out. If she DOES compete, she will almost certainly be safe for this week out of sympathy votes. So if she can physically stand up and get on that stage, she should be fine, competition-wise.

  154. This has been going on since early afternoon, so yes you’re late,a nd dress rehearsal is in 15 minutes./
    And as for unnecessary drama, the only people who care are the ones on this website, so no, they’re not creating drama. We are.

    Sorry have a job that doesn’t give me the ability to check websites during the day, so yes, late to the party and I apparently didn’t hit refresh early enough.

    Anyway, when I say “DRAMA” I’m meaning surely the doctor wouldn’t wait to give Crystal an “all clear” to perform until 15 minutes before dress rehearsal. I guarantee they’ve known for a while. When I say drama I’m meaning they are milking this for all it is worth to create suspense to create people to view the show just to create ratings.

    And BTW, I heard about Crystal possibly not being able to perform on the RADIO on the way home from work, so we aren’t the only ones creating the “drama”. I came here to see what was up when I did get home.

  155. FOX news just said something about it but I didn’t hear the whole thing…I heard the word “home”.

    Must mean that they have decided to let Crystal sing the boot song this year.

  156. Must mean that they have decided to let Crystal sing the boot song this year.

    ROTFLMAO

  157. Somebody needs to tweet Mj so we can all find out what the end of the sentence is!!!

  158. BTW, I heard about Crystal possibly not being able to perform on the RADIO

    There’s life outside the internet?! I don’t believe you.

  159. Will perform?
    Will NOT perform?
    Will go home?
    Will not go home?
    Will….

  160. I think we are thinking short term here. What if whatever her medical issue is, it’s something on-going. What if it would take weeks and not days to recover. That’s a game changer. I like Crystal and I hope she is fine and not because of this show that in the long run won’t guarantee anything. She has a baby and her health is ultimately more important than this show. I don’t think they are creating too much drama, but I alway suspect shenanigans when it comes to tptb. I guess we’ll know shortly it’s about 6 est.

  161. There’s life outside the internet?! I don’t believe you.

    I know, it’s shocking isn’t it. :)

  162. If they went into a meeting at 4:16 and the show starts at 8PM, then whatever their issues are, they must have been resolved already. I’m thinking no one is going to know what’s happening until show time, especially as some people may not watch if she doesn’t compete. May as well hook everyone into the show for news. Something tells me she will be on. Even if not, decisions have been made.

    MamaSox is responsible for a lot of interest in the competition (thinking Slezak). She is so against type, she is certainly a big part of my interest.

  163. Will perform?
    Will NOT perform?
    Will go home?
    Will not go home?
    Will….

    Will sing the Macarena tonight?
    Will be replaced by an animation? (and dance with Paula)?
    Will be on Dancing with the Stars?
    Will get an interview with Ryan?
    Will get to throw one water balloon at her judge of choice?
    Will get to go to DisneyWorld?
    Will sing from her hospital bed? While Mike holds his iPhone up to the camera so we can watch?

  164. Will sing from her hospital bed? While Mike holds his iPhone up to the camera so we can watch?

    ^^^^This^^^^

  165. I just read this on idolforums “NY’s Fox5 Ann Craig, just reported that Crystal Bowersox will perform tonight.”

  166. WHAT IS MJ DOING???????

    Prolly contacting every source she can……..

  167. fianlly2 RT @MellyBelly24: NY’s Fox5 Ann Craig, just reported that Crystal Bowersox will perform tonight.

    from twitter

  168. fianlly2 RT @MellyBelly24: NY’s Fox5 Ann Craig, just reported that Crystal Bowersox will perform tonight.

    Finally! Thank God for Twitter!

  169. savgal:
    03/03/2010 at 6:09 pm
    fianlly2 RT @MellyBelly24: NY’s Fox5 Ann Craig, just reported that Crystal Bowersox will perform tonight.

    from twitter

    ah all is good now :D

    hope she puts energy only in singing and won’t play intrument

  170. “Disqualify” is what happened to Corey Clark when he didn’t tell Idol about his arrest record. In Crystal’s case, the better word would be “withdrawn”.

    How about “Unfortunately, due to medical issues Crystal will not be able to continue on American Idol.”
    If it’s about the DQ word, find another way to say it. It amounts to the same thing.

  171. I wish nothing, but the best for her health, of course. And think it sucks that she could be disqualified for not singing.

    And is it terrible of me, that while I truly believe that Crystal is really sick, and hope that she gets better soon, I mean of course! why do I feel lie the AI PTB are milking this horrible situation to create drama? I guess I really do think they are that bad. Whoa.

  172. I wish nothing, but the best for her health, of course. And think it sucks that she could be disqualified for not singing.

    And is it terrible of me, that while I truly believe that Crystal is really sick, and hope that she gets better soon, I mean of course! why do I feel lie the AI PTB are milking this horrible situation to create drama? I guess I really do think they are that bad. Whoa.

    I think any decision that they would have made reference her not being able to compete…whether it be she was disqualified or they gave her a “judges save” it would upset people. People would be mad that she got saved and people would be mad that she got disqualified.

    The best solution is for her to sing this evening, and I hope that she is healthy enough to do so.

    And while I to want nothing more than Crystal to be in good health, I do too think that TPTB are totally milking this for all that it is worth to create suspense. Sad to say, I put nothing past TPTB.

  173. I still think this may seal a win for her. I should change my pool pick ;)

  174. Ryan just tweeted that he’s in the run through and they’re “planning for either way” re: Crystal.

    Now, I’m calling foul. It sounds like she’s been given the go-ahead to perform. Now, the producers are milking the internet drama.

  175. RyanSeacrest: # I’m still in a run thru..uncertain. Planning for either way RT @CallofKJ: @RyanSeacrest Any news on Crystal Bowersox? #americanidol

    OK, that’s pretty shameless. At this point, either she is or she isn’t, and shame on Ryan and TPTB for dragging this out for its own sake…

  176. Now, I’m calling foul. It sounds like she’s been given the go-ahead to perform. Now, the producers are milking the internet drama.

    Nodding in agreement. Anything to salvage this Season. If they are doing this, I’d kinda be pissed if I were Crystal.

  177. Ryan just tweeted that he’s in the run through and they’re “planning for either way” re: Crystal.

    Now that’s just flat out mean. I’m sorry, they are performing in a little more than an hour. You can’t possibly tell me they don’t know if she’s going to perform or not. Totally milking it and that is annoying.

  178. Now, I’m calling foul. It sounds like she’s been given the go-ahead to perform. Now, the producers are milking the internet drama.

    me too.

    Ok, I’m happy you’re better crystal

    And now i have some homework to do.

  179. Don’t you think her doctors would have told TPTB by say latest 4:00 today? So either:

    1. PTB is stepping up the Dramz because either she is or isn’t going to sing and they already know.

    2. Something additional is going on.

    I’m going with the Dramz, but hope Crystal is O.K.

  180. Now that’s just flat out mean. I’m sorry, they are performing in a little more than an hour. You can’t possibly tell me they don’t know if she’s going to perform or not. Totally milking it and that is annoying.

    Or she has been medically cleared but just in case something happens to make her condition suddenly turn worse they aren’t going to say she is definitely on…

  181. I’m agreeing with Gangreen29 here. Basically, they still don’t know if Crystal will be up to performing tonight. It depends on the dress rehersal.

    I’m thinking she performs tonight. Hope I’m right.

  182. That’s great news that Crystal will be singing tonight. I wonder if she did dress rehearsal with the audience. If not, they won’t have video to show for the voting numbers at end of show. Of course they could have someone do a quickie edit for that with Final Cut Pro.

    Edit to add – Just saw the latest update with the Ryan tweet. I’m betting that she does perform tonight and Ryan is playing coy.
    As far as her being able to tour with this condition, it didn’t stop Elliot Yamin or Kevin Covais.

  183. As far as her being able to tour with this condition, it didn’t stop Elliot Yamin or Kevin Covais.

    I’d forgotten that Kevin has Type I Diabetes as well. He didn’t make the season five tour though (was eliminated @ Top 11).

  184. WOW.. WIll they just announce that she can perform tonight? This is kinda very silly lol

  185. As far as her being able to tour with this condition, it didn’t stop Elliot Yamin or Kevin Covais.

    Elliott went out 3rd, so he lasted until nearly the end, with all the stress. And he handled the tour without missing a single performance.

  186. You know you have an unhealthy obsession with IDOL when you race in the door from work and logon to your computer to find out if there is an update on Crystal Bowersox before you say hello to your kids and give them a hug. Oh, that would be me.

  187. We’ll find out in an hour, I guess. I’m glad there’s still hope.

    RANDOM QUESTION — Her guitar is autographed in the above photo. Do we know whose signatures those are?

  188. RANDOM QUESTION — Her guitar is autographed in the above photo. Do we know whose signatures those are?

    Yes. Melissa Etheridge & Shania Twain

  189. J9BT:
    03/03/2010 at 7:03 pm

    RANDOM QUESTION — Her guitar is autographed in the above photo. Do we know whose signatures those are?

    Yes. Melissa Etheridge & Shania Twain

    Cool. Thanks. :)

  190. I hope they tape the dress rehearsal…just in case.

    The dress rehearsal is always taped. That’s where the short clips at the end of the episode come from.

  191. (Personally, I think TPTB and Crystal’s doctors have already made a decision. Now, they are just milking it for drama–get people to tune in to find out if she’s performing or not.)

    I agree with MJ. What were the viewer numbers for yesterday’s show? Anyone?

  192. Who cares if the dress rehearsal is taped. Crystal should NOT under any circumstances be allowed to use this footage. It’s unfair to the other contestants. An important part of Idol is seeing how the contestants perform under the stressful situation of being on live television. If one contestant doesn’t have to do this, and all the others do, then she’s getting special treatment. The only way to make it fair would be to let ALL the girls use their rehearsal footage.

  193. GreenHippo:

    From Zap2it:

    FOX: “American Idol” (23.2 million viewers, 13.1/20 households)
    CBS: “NCIS” (19.7 million, 11.9/18)
    NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (8 million, 5.0/8)
    ABC: “Lost” rerun (4.3 million, 2.9/4)
    The CW: “90210” rerun (736,000, 0.5/1)

    18-49 leader: “American Idol” (8.4)

    9 p.m.

    FOX: “American Idol” (23.7 million, 13.2/20)
    CBS: “NCIS: Los Angeles” (15 million, 9.3/14)
    ABC: “Lost” (9.2 million, 5.6/8)
    NBC: “The Biggest Loser” (8.5 million, 5.3/8)
    The CW: “Melrose Place” rerun (650,000, 0.5/1)

    18-49 leader: “American Idol” (8.8)

    This suspense is, no doubt in my mind, for ratings but imo it’s downright cruel since we are talking about someone’s health here.

  194. If if she didn’t perform and they stuck her name and a phone number up on the screen, she would get more votes than 20 of those others.

  195. Thanks, Pam, so the numbers were great. Why all the drama – oh right it’s Idol…. duh

  196. How about “Unfortunately, due to medical issues Crystal will not be able to continue on American Idol.”
    If it’s about the DQ word, find another way to say it. It amounts to the same thing.

    Yeah, that would work. :) I agree with others here that “disqualify” sounds like Crystal did something against the rules.

  197. Was either Elliott or Kevin ever reported as being sick or under the weather during the show due to severe complications with their diabetes? I followed season 5 religiously and I don’t remember hearing anything because they were (seemingly) always well enough on-air — and like MJ said, Elliott never missed a performance, including the tour (and Kevin never missed a TV performance show).

    Some talk backstage or maybe in a post-season interview perhaps?

  198. Then again, cynical as i might be, Crystal just needs to perform tonight to sail through to the next round. All this media focus on her and the sympathy votes. It wouldn’t really matter if she screwed up.

  199. Then again, cynical as i might be, Crystal just needs to perform tonight to sail through to the next round. All this media focus on her and the sympathy votes. It wouldn’t really matter if she screwed up.

    heh, I’m cynical enough to give her the crown over this.

  200. Was either Elliott or Kevin ever reported as being sick or under the weather during the show due to severe complications with their diabetes? I followed season 5 religiously and I don’t remember hearing anything because they were (seemingly) always well enough on-air — and like MJ said, Elliott never missed a performance, including the tour (and Kevin never missed a TV performance show).

    Some talk backstage or maybe in a post-season interview perhaps?

    I don’t think so. Elliott has remarked that the show was a difficult situation in which to keep control of his blood sugar, though.

  201. I agree with others here that “disqualify” sounds like Crystal did something against the rules.

    But it could also mean failing to meet basic requirements. If she couldn’t perform as required, then she could probably be DQed. My guess is she would be given and would take the option to withdraw.

  202. RyanSeacrest: Yes she is performing..live in 10 min
    3 minutes ago via UberTwitter

  203. RyanSeacrest: Yes she is performing..live in 10 min
    3 minutes ago via UberTwitter

    And I’m not even the slightest surprised it didn’t happen until pretty much showtime.

  204. You know you have an unhealthy obsession with IDOL when you race in the door from work and logon to your computer to find out if there is an update on Crystal Bowersox before you say hello to your kids and give them a hug. Oh, that would be me.

    can i join that club? ive been refreshing the blog every 10 minutes checking for updates.

  205. At least one contestant did miss a performance, I think it was Christina Christian back in season 1 or 2. There might have been one other but I’m not sure. I seem to recall Christina watching the show from her hospital bed.

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