What about the people who dont win but reach the top 12? They'll be embarassed too, I'm sure but without the money to ease their nerves?
It's cruel because these people actually believe their good, so they'll be crushed when they find out they were just the laughingstocks all along. While I do feel sorry for the good singers who travelled far and have the talent, only to get their dreams crushed. When the show airs (now) They could take their rejection as a compliment. They weren't "bad enough" to get praise, and it should make them feel a little better.