Crystal Bowersox Will Be Off ‘American Idol’ If She Can’t Perform Tonight

Executive producer Ken Warwick says only one girl will be eliminated Thursday if Bowersox is a no-show.

“American Idol” producers had no problem doing a last-minute switch on Tuesday and having the boys perform when Crystal Bowersox was hospitalized and unable to sing due to an undisclosed ailment. But on Wednesday (March 3), “Idol” executive producer Ken Warwick told Ryan Seacrest that if Bowersox can’t make it to the stage Wednesday night, she will be off the show.

“If you’re in the Olympics and you’re going for the semifinal, for the final, if you don’t turn up, you don’t get straight through to the final,” Warwick told Seacrest on the host’s Los Angeles-based radio show Wednesday morning.

Spokespeople for “Idol” had not given an update on Bowersox’s condition at press time and said there was no word yet on whether she would be available for Wednesday’s show.

Warwick told Seacrest he got the news about Bowersox being taken to a local hospital at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, with an update coming soon after that it was “worse than we expected” and that she’d be hospitalized all day. After deciding that using a pre-recorded performance from rehearsal or one from last week was not a fair solution, Warwick said producers decided to have the boys switch nights.

“We’re not really sure yet,” Warwick said when asked what is ailing Bowersox, who he added had an unspecified condition producers knew about. “How bad it is yet, we still don’t know.” Warwick said Bowersox’s condition was more serious than the typical strain of flu that often runs through the cast during the show.

Doctors were slated to make a decision on whether she can perform Wednesday night. If she is unable to sing, only one girl will be eliminated Thursday night instead of two, Warwick said.

Bowersox is the latest “Idol” contestant to take ill on the show, but if she can’t make it to the set on Thursday, she would become the first to ever be eliminated due to illness.

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