Crystal Bowersox is Hopsitalized

A medical issue could take Crystal Bowersox out of "American Idol."

"Idol" executive producer Ken Warwick told host Ryan Seacrest on his radio show Wednesday morning that if the 24-year-old dreadlocked singer from Toledo, Ohio, doesn't sing for viewer votes Wednesday, then only one female semifinalist would be eliminated from the Fox singing competition this week alongside two male semifinalists.

Warwick wasn't specific on Bowersox's medical malady, only saying it stemmed from a condition that producers were aware of from the beginning.

The pressure on "American Idol" is intense. Singers spend their weeks picking songs, learning them, rehearsing group numbers, doing press and otherwise living in the intense bubble that is the "Idol" universe.

So it's not surprising that sometimes, that strain can get to the contestants, most of whom are performing in front of audiences and cameras for the first time in their lives. The latest singer to go down is Crystal Bowersox, the 24-year-old Ohio busker and mother of one who was hospitalized Tuesday and ordered by doctors not to perform as scheduled on that night's show. That led to a rare lineup shuffle, forcing the men to perform Tuesday night as Bowersox rested up for Wednesday night's (March 3) show.