American Idol contestant collapses on stage in front of judges

Amy West
·2-min read
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Photo credit: ABC

From Digital Spy

American Idol contestant Funke Lagoke was rushed to hospital after collapsing on stage during the show's Hollywood Week round.

In Monday night's episode (March 22), the singer had performed Barbara Streisand's 'Tell Him' with duets partner Ronda Felton and was in the middle of receiving feedback from judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie when she fell to the floor face-first.

"Wow, she completely busted her chin open, y'all," a nervous-looking Luke explained as he approached the stage, while Lionel and the on-set paramedics rushed over too.

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Photo credit: ABC

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After the medical professionals took Funke off on a stretcher, Lionel walked over to Ronda and told her that both she and Funke would be continuing on in the competition.

"I was about to deliver some news so I thought I should deliver it to you," the 'All Night Long' crooner began, surprising Ronda and the audience alike having initially told the hopefuls that their lack of confidence had caused their set to "crash and burn".

"What I was going to say is, we both feel you two deserve to go through. So congratulations! I know that was traumatic. But we are here for you and we're family."

Photo credit: ABC
Photo credit: ABC

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"It's absolutely amazing news but I can't say I'm happy in this moment," a visibly upset Ronda replied candidly.

"I just am worried about her health, that's the number one thing. I just want her to know I care about her and I want her to be okay."

Later, the show confirmed that Funke had gone on to make a full recovery, having been treated for dehydration, and she will return for the upcoming Showstopper Round.

American Idol continues on Sunday (March 28) on ABC in the US.

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