March 02, 2010
"American Idol" hopeful Crystal Bowersox has been taken to the hospital for medical issues, causing a switcheroo in this week's "Idol" performance schedule.[Updated 2:49 p.m.: A rep for Fox would not confirm if Bowersox has been hospitalized.]
The remaining 10 girls had been scheduled to sing Tuesday night but instead the boys will perform. A show insider tells Idol Tracker that Bowersox is expected to perform with the girls on Wednesday. Another source says that Bowersox is battling "serious health issues."
According to US Weekly, Bowersox, the 24-year-old Ohio mom who wowed the "American Idol" judges last week with her performance of Alanis Morissette's "Hand in My Pocket," has been hospitalized and is recovering from diabetes complications.
Fox issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon: "Due to medical issues which would prevent Crystal Bowersox from performing tonight, the 10 male semifinalists will perform this evening, and the 10 female semifinalists will perform tomorrow night."
The last-minute switch isn't expected to give the girls an unfair advantage with extra rehearsal time; the boys are said to be rehearsing for tonight's performance.
-- Denise Martin and Shirley Halperin