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  1. Kassie
    Kassie May 10, 2010 at 4:21 am | | Reply

    Idol talked diabetes during Elliott’s run – I remember a whole ‘up close and personal’ bit that mentioned his d, along with the fact that he’s deaf in one ear. I’m *pretty* sure they also mentioned his fellow T1 contestant, Kevin Covais. Funny story: Kevin’s mom told me that they were next to each other in line at the Boston auditions. So Idol chose two T1′s in a row!

  2. Mike
    Mike May 10, 2010 at 4:54 am | | Reply

    While I’m not an Idol fan, making sure that PWD can still do amazing things is a great way to start the process of viewing us as sickly. I did have the chance to meet Elliot outside a restaurant a few years ago and got to chat with him for a few minutes in Beverly Hills (honestly had no idea who he was until a co-worker outed himself as an Idol fan — really awesome blackmail potential).

    We didn’t talk about diabetes and stuck mainly on the topic of what was good on the menu (my wife told me later that he was a fellow Type 1). The good thing was that after the co-worker’s revelation (which included a two handed clap of excitement), Elliot was surrounded by women who obviously didn’t care about his condition. I love when talent overcomes illness.

  3. Leighann of D-Mom Blog
    Leighann of D-Mom Blog May 10, 2010 at 5:02 am | | Reply

    Character is definitely more important…I have two tattoos and I had a navel ring until I got pregnant. Positive role models to me are people who are doing their best with what they’ve been dealt.

    At five, my daughter is pleasantly surprised when I point out people in the media or pop culture who also have diabetes or when she meets someone in person who shares this with her. It helps her feel less isolated I think.

    I’m definitely going to start keeping my eye on Crystal!

  4. dargirl
    dargirl May 10, 2010 at 6:09 am | | Reply

    None of us know Crystal personally, but we all feel a connection with her.

    She seems so gracious when she is interviewed. I would find her to be a great role model.

    Good Luck Crystal!

  5. Cara
    Cara May 10, 2010 at 7:29 am | | Reply

    I love her. I love her attitutde, her voice, her style. And I love the fact that she has diabetes. It makes her one of us. :)

  6. Windy
    Windy May 10, 2010 at 9:01 am | | Reply

    I fell in love with this girl when early in the season Simon and Randy had differing opinions and Ryan asked her, “So who do you listen to?” And she responded without missing a beat, “ME.” :) Go girl! I think regardless of the outcome of this show, she will go far due to her individualism and talent. Hopefully she’ll join Yamin in helping to advocate too!

  7. Richard Vaughn
    Richard Vaughn May 10, 2010 at 2:07 pm | | Reply

    I read an online message that said Crystal was going to leave the competition several weeks ago. It may have been shortly after her short stay in the hospital, I’m not sure. She was in a parking lot and Ryan Secrest saw her there. He talked to her into staying with the competition. If that story is true, we owe Ryan a vote of thanks!!!

    I have tried to like Ryan, but the ridiculous format on the nights that someone is sent home, really turns me off. I know that is not Ryan’s fault, but is it necessary to do it that way? After that person is identified, they have to sing. How ridiculous! I sincerely hope the individual already knows before the night in question. They never seem to be really down, or terribly disappointed. It seems that they already know their fate before the show begins, maybe even the day before.

  8. Crystal
    Crystal May 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm | | Reply

    I’m famous! Weeee! Ha. I kid, of course.
    I can’t sing.

    I think she is fantastic. She has an amazing talent. She does her thing, comfortable with herself. Even if she doesn’t win, she will do well in life.

    Hope she does win though. :-)

  9. Jill
    Jill May 11, 2010 at 10:33 am | | Reply

    My daughter and I loved Crystals voice before we new she was type 1. When I found out I couldn’t wait to tell my daughter who was dx last year. I think Crystal is a great role model for my music loving 11 year old – even if my daughter did not have diabetes. She is talented and doesn’t let the challenges of diabetes hold her back OR define her.

  10. john patrick
    john patrick May 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm | | Reply

    We love Crysta and look forward to help make her rich.
    She can be a great role model just being her self, T 1 and all

  11. bev
    bev May 16, 2010 at 9:51 am | | Reply

    LOVE YOUR ARTICLE. Crystal Bowersox one of the most talented idols ever. I get a feeling this girl has paid her dues and at such an early age. Her song, FARMERS DAUGHTER, is one of the best songs ,I have ever heard, but one of the saddest. All she wanted in her life was her MOM to love her. Not only her voice, but her song writing is incredible. I HOPE AMERICA GETS THIS ONE RIGHT! SHE IS SO DESERVING OF THIS TITLE. vote,vote,vote all the way to the end.

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