Wow. In that photo she looks a little like Carrie.
I am on her side with regard to the treatment they received.
I am on her side as well. It seems to me that if all the contestants brought 6 family members/friends, that it must have been something from the show. Otherwise the number would be different for each person. At the end of the day, they were all a part of the show, no matter how small a part, it was still a part, and they should have been on the stage. CBS should have given her money for another dress if they wouldn't let her wear the one's she had already bought.
As for the stage size, I find that absolutely ridiculous. They knew the number of contestants well before they constructed the stage. Of course they could have made it large enough to fit all the contestants. Seems like a bunch of malarkey to me.