Ryan Seacrest Praises Charlie Askew as "Courageous"

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American Idol announced its Top 10 of Season 12 last night and, to no one's surprise, Charlie Askew was not among the group of finalists.

The contestant suffered through a mini meltdown on Wednesday night, struggling through a rendition of "Mama" and then confiding to Ryan Seacrest on stage that he's really an unhappy individual.

"I was impressed that he was courageous enough [to] talk about it," Seacrest told Access Hollywood yesterday. "But I could tell when he was singing and when he was standing there and the judges were talking to him... he was going through a tough time."

Seacrest handled Askew's admission - that his smile masks his discontent - with aplomb and support on stage, adding at the show's party in Los Angeles last night:

"I think something's going on and I just wanted him to know that we know him, we've gotten to know him well. And if he needs a friend... we're there as a friend."

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You know how if Mathis, Wonder, Rawls, King Cole are singing, you know it's them? Burnell is the only Idol with such a distinctive voice that you'd recognize it. That's the measure of a winner, a true American Idol.

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I applaud Ryan Seacrest. Charlie was visibly fragile at that moment and Ryan handled it with such dignity and grace for Charlie. I hope that Charlie gets the help he needs...he is a kind soul.

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