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In a shocking turn of events, we have learned that Crystal Bowersox nearly quit the hit FOX reality show American Idol two weeks ago. If not for some fast talking by show host Ryan Seacrest, she may well have headed home to her family.

Our friends at TMZ have learned that in the parking lot following the AI show two weeks ago, the talented Bowersox remarked that she couldn’t handle the competition, hated the attention and asked Seacrest, “What’s the point?” Several witnesses overheard the exchange and report that she said she missed her family in Ohio terribly and wanted to go home.

Seacrest told her that being on the show was like starting a business that could well earn her a recording contract and help her to become a millionaire. He brought the message home by saying, “The greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house.” That comment apparently resonated with the talented young woman because she is still in it to win it. Go Crystal!

Ironically, Crystal has been the strongest performer this season and has a real shot at becoming the next American Idol. Check out her latest performance of the Elvis tune “Saved”.

In early March, Crystal was hospitalized for a serious medical condition – check it out here.

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