I'm not surprised at the rumor that one of the "American Idol" contestants wanted off of the show. Frankly, I'm a little shocked that it hasn't happened sooner. Or maybe it has, and the singer just totally sandbagged their performance in order to be voted off (think of last season's Megan Joy, when it seemed...

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I’m not surprised at the rumor that one of the “American Idol” contestants wanted off of the show. Frankly, I’m a little shocked that it hasn’t happened sooner. Or maybe it has, and the singer just totally sandbagged their performance in order to be voted off (think of last season’s Megan Joy, when it seemed like she was relieved to finally go home to see her baby boy).

The schedule sounds brutal, with learning a song in a week, recording that song, shooting a Ford commercial, and, of course, learning the dance steps (or stomping) for the much-loved group number. Not to mention dealing with the sudden fame, hordes of strange fans who create homages to you on the Internet, and the realization that 20 million people are judging you each week. Just this small blog freaks me out a little, and there are only about seven of you reading this.

In Crystal Bowersox‘s case, she claimed to have never watched the show, so maybe she didn’t realize how soul-sucking the whole process can be. Add in the fact that she is a mother of a small child, and it’s easy to see how she would want to leave. She doesn’t seem like the typical reality-TV wannabe, anyways.

Maybe it’s perfect timing for this week’s “inspirational songs” theme. And if any singers really want to leave, they should cover this version of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World.”