Felton, now based in Phoenix, quickly became a frontrunner and fan favorite on "Idol" after her episode-closing audition Feb. 28 that brought Richie to tears. Read more
Milwaukee native Ronda Felton, who moved Lionel Richie to tears, eliminated on 'American Idol' ... Felton, however, did face some pointed criticism — from Richie, actually — during the previous Hollywood Week Duets Challenge round when she performed with Funke Lagoke. Lagoke also was eliminated from the competition Monday.
But as Lionel Richie was giving his feedback to the singers, Funke passed out and fell on stage, leaving judges and viewers at home worried. “Funke was treated for dehydration and released from the hospital. she will return for the showstopper round,” a statement by American Idol read.
Yes, we will be seeing Funke again on American Idol. A statement from the show read: “Funke was treated for dehydration and released from the hospital. "She will return for the showstopper round.”
But Felton said her time on "Idol" — she made the top 40 before she was cut in the March 28 episode — was "nothing like you expect."
Who is 'American Idol' contestant Funke Lagoke? Funke short for Funmike Lagoke competed in the 2019 Miss Nigeria USA pageant and won the title. She competed against 15 young girls and she had decided to use the platform for promoting performance arts in education.
ABC renewed American Idol for the 2021-22 season in May, but as has been the case for much of the show's run at the network, did so without securing deals with its judges and host. The announcement of their return just as the gears begin to turn on the coming season also follows a familiar pattern.
Wendy Moten, who turned 56 on Monday, suffered a hard fall on stage after tripping over a speaker following her performance of The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself" with coach Blake Shelton, and team members Paris Winningham and Lana Scott.
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American Idol contestant Funke Lagoke was rushed to the hospital after collapsing during her Hollywood Week audition on Monday night.
Fan-favorite Wyatt Pike dropped out of American Idol for personal reasons and has been releasing his own original music since he left the show. The 20-year-old singer and Utah native Wyatt Pike was a fan favorite on this season of American Idol.
Why Wasn't Lionel Richie On 'American Idol'? ... Lionel was exposed to COVID-19 during Hollywood Week. He had to quarantine at home which led him to miss out on the Showstoppers Round in person. He did not test positive for COVID but quarantined out of caution.
Many viewers were curious to know what happened, and Andrea revealed that she had recently undergone eye retina detachment surgery. ... She went on to tell Brian that she was wearing the patch because she had recently undergone retina detachment surgery.
An “American Idol” contestant collapsed following her audition and was hospitalized for dehydration. The scary moment aired during Monday's episode of the reality singing competition series, with Funke Lagoke fainting and falling forward as judge Lionel Richie spoke to her about her performance.
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On Sunday night, the long-running competition series crowned 24-year-old Chayce Beckham the champion of Season 19. The race was pretty close this year, as runner-up Willie Spence and third-place finisher Grace Kinstler were also deemed front-runners at various times.
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Sadly, Katy, Luke, and Lionel decide to send young rocker mom Althea Grace home after her Beatles performance — they wanted more soul. She's joined by both Ronda Felton and Funke Lagoke, whose duet, you'll remember, ended with Funke fainting and having to go to the emergency room.
Funke Lagoke was a contestant on Season 19 of American Idol.