Abdul released a statement saying, "I am deeply shocked and saddened at what transpired yesterday. My heart and prayers go out to her family."
The incident brings up the issue of harsh criticisms by the judges and how they can affect contestants on the show. Bloggers and commenters have brought up these issues, with one blogger asking, "Are the judges too mean to some hopefuls? And how mentally stable are some of the people they make fun of in the first place?"