Penny, this is the girl who wore several thousand dollar earrings by the ocean and cried when one fell off her ear. She probably would have wasted the money on her hair, cloths, nails, and more materialistic items.
I think her NOT being on Idol is a blessing in disguise. When you win Idol sure you get publicity and everything, but what we don't see is all of the regulations that would really be holding her back. This will allow her to really do her own thing with a major record label immediately following the Idol's Top Performer's Tour for the year after the show- rather than being signed for two years and then looking for a record label. All she's gotta do is train harder at performing and make the right decisions when it comes to companies and what they ask her to do.