Producer: Crystal Bowersox likely out of 'American Idol' if she can't sing
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/03/2010
Crystal Bowersox's undisclosed medical issue will apparently end her American Idol journey if she's unable to sing during tonight's live ninth-season performance broadcast.
"She did have a condition that we know about. But how bad it is yet, we still don't know. The doctors are actually meeting at this moment this morning and we'll make a decision a bit later in the day," executive producer Ken Warwick said during a Wednesday morning appearance on Ryan Seacrest's radio show.
"If she's out of the competition, that would probably be it. We'd only probably eliminate one girl [on Thursday's results show]."
Warwick said that American Idol is "not really sure" what the problem is with the 24-year-old musician and mother from Elliston, OH, but added it is "slightly more serious" than the flu and they'd "hopefully know by midday."
Fox announced yesterday afternoon that the season's live second-round female semifinals round would be delayed until tonight due to Bowersox's undisclosed medical issues, which would prevent her from performing on last night's broadcast as previously scheduled.
Instead, the 10 remaining male semifinalists -- who were originally scheduled to perform on tonight's live broadcast -- performed last night in the women's place.
Warwick told Seacrest he learned about the issue yesterday morning.
"I suddenly got a phone call saying that Crystal had been taken to the hospital," he explained.
"I thought, 'Yeah, is she going to be okay? What's the problem?' I found out actually within an hour that it was worse than we expected, that she was going to be in the hospital all day."
Fox and American Idol were suddenly faced with a dilemma about how to handle the situation.
"We had a decision to make, whether we put together a show without her, what the fairness issues would be. Could we take maybe a pre-recording she made in the rehearsal and package it together so people could vote? Could I show [a performance] from last week and get people to vote, or was that it for her -- which is normally the situation," said Warwick.
"If you're in the Olympics and you're going from the semifinal for the finals, and you don't turn up, you don't go straight through to the final. So it was a difficult decision to make."
He said that the "fairest thing to do overall" would be to switch performance nights if the male semifinalists were willing to do so, which is what occurred.