Rumor has it American Idol frontrunner Crystal Bowersox nearly quit the competition just a few weeks ago. Bowersox reportedly missed her family terribly and felt like she just couldn’t handle the competition anymore. American Idol host Ryan Seacrest is the one who allegedly got her to stick it out for the long haul.

Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox on 'American Idol' (FOX)

According to, Crystal Bowersox was ready to walk off American Idol a couple of weeks ago. Bowersox and Ryan Seacrest allegedly talked about her desire to leave in a parking lot after the show was done taping.

Bowersox reportedly said she was sick of all the attention being directed her way and wanted to go back home to her family in Ohio. Seacrest allegedly gave Bowersox a hefty pep talk and told her the benefits of winning a million-dollar contract outweighed the torture of being on Idol.

Seacrest supposedly touched the right nerve with the young songstress when he told her the “greatest thing I ever did was make enough money so I could buy my mom a house. You can buy your mom a house.” With the prospect of helping out her family on her mind, Bowersox allegedly decided to stay.

Whether or not sticking around will prove to be the best decision for her career at this point, we’ll just have to wait and see. We’re not sure winning American Idol 2012 would be the right thing for her. Sometimes it seems like being a fan favorite but not actually winning is better than taking home the top prize. (Can anyone remember the name of the guy who won over Adam Lambert? We keep forgetting…)

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