American Idol brought on the duets round on Monday, which resulted in quite a few big surprises. However, one moment that shocked everyone had nothing to do with the performance.
This week, contestants were divided into pairs, picked by the judges, to perform duets. Some worked well, and others struggled with mismatched and conflicting personalities.
However, for Ronda Felton and Funke Lagoke, their partnership in rehearsals was one of mutual respect and support. Lagoke helped Felton overcome some of her insecurities and belt out a beautiful performance of “Tell Him,” originally written and recorded by Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion.
After the performance, the judges huddled together as Lagoke and Felton stood on stage, awaiting news of whether or not they would be moving on or going home.
Katy Perry admitted that she felt Lagoke “wasn’t perfect,” while Luke Bryan said the songstress had grown on her and he wanted to see more of what she could do. This left Lagoke’s fate in Lionel Richie’s hands.
As Richie gave feedback — which included some criticism for both singers — Lagoke appeared to sway a bit before reaching her hand to her face, and as Richie spoke the songstress completely fainted, falling hard, face first onto the stage.