Idol 3 runner-up Diana Degarmo falls down a flight of stairs during a concert.

Idol 3 runner-up Diana Degarmo falls down a flight of stairs during a concert.
Diana Degarmo, the American Idol 3 runner-up, fell down a flight of stairs during a concert Tuesday night. Her record label, RCA, has helpfully issued a spelling-challenged press release about her injury and subsequent appearance. According to it, she “fell down a long flight of stairs while singing a verse of the Beyonci Knowles hit ‘Crazy in Love’ during the ‘American Idols Live’ tour.” Besides misspelling “Beyonce,” the release said that, “despite the fall, she finished the song and left the stage under her own power.” Later, “[a]fter a series of x-rays, it was determined that DeGarmo was badly bruised, but had not broken anything. She was given a set of crutches and doctors advised her not to perform tonight at the ‘American Idols Live’ show at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.” But alas: Diana refused their advice and performed a song anyway on Wednesday night. The release concludes by pointing out that her single Dreams/Don’t Cry Out Loud/I Believe is still number two on Billboard’s singles chart.

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