After her brief hospitalization forced a last-minute scheduling change (boys' and girls' nights were switched around), semifinalist Crystal Bowersox returned to perform on the American Idol stage on Wednesday night.
Had the 24-year-old mother of one — who reportedly suffers from diabetes — not been able to perform, she may have been disqualified from the competition.
A mere ten minutes prior to air time, Ryan Seacrest confirmed via Twitter that Bowersox had recovered and was going to perform.
And the judges were impressed with the guitar-playing singer's rendition of "Long As I Can See the Light."
"You are the truth!" raved Randy Jackson. "I love that girl. That girl is hot!"
Ellen DeGeneres chimed in, ""That was pure, natural talent."
"This is who you are," praised Kara DioGuardi. "You are centered, you are focused the way that the greats are."
The biggest thumbs-up of the night, believe it or not, came from Simon Cowell, who compared to Bowersox to a certain Idol all-star. "I completely underestimated you. I promise you this was like the moment when we realized with Kelly Clarkson that we have a really serious artist here, and I think you are a really serious artist."
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