An American Idol contestant experienced a startling health scare just as the judges were revealing her future with the show.
Funke Lagoke performed a duet of “Tell Him” with fellow contestant Ronda Felton during the Monday, March 22 episode. After the performance, the judges conferred privately, and cameras picked up some of their criticism, particularly from Katy Perry.
“I think it’s the end of the road for Funke,” Katy told Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. When Luke praised Funke’s voice, Katy replied that “she wasn’t perfect!”
Lionel then addressed the contestants, calling the performance a “train wreck.” After telling Ronda she “crashed and burned,” he started to give feedback to Funke, 28.
Before he could finish his first sentence to her, Funke collapsed face-first onstage. Ronda, the judges and nearby medical professionals rushed to her aid, with Luke remarking that the performer “busted her chin.”
Luckily, she ended up being OK, with an on-screen message telling viewers that Funke was treated for dehydration and released from the hospital. Later, Lionel was seen informing Ronda that even before Funke collapsed, the judges had decided to send both singers to the next round.
After the episode aired, Funke took to Instagram Live in a since-deleted video and told fans the moment was “embarrassing” and “was not how I wanted to be presented the first time,” according to Good Housekeeping. Funke, whose initial audition had not been televised, also shared that she had received three stitches.
On March 23, she returned to Instagram Live to seemingly walk back her criticism of how the show handled her collapse. After time to reflect, the contestant said she hadn’t wanted to be perceived as “coming at certain people or certain things in a certain way” but had mostly wanted to “remind people that they are more than their fall.”
In an Instagram Story post, she wrote, “Thank you all so much for the love, support & kind words. Please bear with me as I respond to everyone’s messages, calls & texts. Love y’all.”