Crystal Bowersox, the popular American Idol contestant whose medical condition prompted a major scheduling change for the show – as well as 48 hours of blogosphere speculation about her fate in the competition – is performing tonight, as the top 10 women take the stage for the second week of semifinal performances. Host Ryan Seacrest confirmed the news via Twitter 10 minutes prior to the start of tonight’s telecast.
A source close to the show said that Bowersox was hospitalized on Tuesday due to diabetes complications, which resulted in a last-minute switch that moved the top 10 male contestants to the Tuesday-night performance slot, and delayed the top 10 women to tonight.
Idol executive producer Ken Warwick was noticeably vague when asked this morning on Seacrest’s radio show what would have happened if Bowersox was unable to sing during tonight’s live telecast. “If you’re in the Olympics and you’re going for the semifinal [into the final], if you don’t turn up…you don’t go straight through to the final,” Warwick said, adding that had Bowersox been disqualified, the show would likely have only eliminated one female contestant during Thursday night’s results-show telecast.