After performing Dolly Parton’s “Little Sparrow” on American Idol 7‘s live show Tuesday night, David Cook was hospitalized and later released.
He was taken to the hospital “after experiencing heart palpitations and high blood pressure, and released a few hours later,” TMZ reported. He “was not feeling well during the day and his condition worsened after his performance” and “was urged to leave for the hospital during the show, but he wanted to wait it out.” A nameless show executive told the site “Cook has been completely stressed out because his brother, who has been sick with cancer, had a setback within the last week.”
After the live show concluded, People reports that “Cook was noticeably absent when contestants were led into the bleachers to sit with fans and watch a live performance of last year’s winner Jordin Sparks and R&B sensation Chris Brown sing their new single ‘No Air.'” That segment was pre-taped to air later.
Earlier, Ryan Seacrest gave him an opportunity to address the quasi-controversy around his covering over other people’s covers. “I’ve actually been really fortunate; throughout this whole process, I’ve tried to find arrangements that fit me. And in most cases, I’ve been able to find them online,” David said. But he also coincidentally decided not to use someone else’s arrangement. “Tonight I’m actually going to do my own arrangement,” he said.
The judges liked his performance, although they weren’t overly thrilled, nor were they super-excited by anyone’s performance, although David Archuleta and Michael Johns also stood out. It was basically another boring night that not even Ryan Seacrest could save with his metrosexuality. “Love the French pedicure,” he told Kristy Lee Cook.