By Lynette Rice
March 23, 2021 at 01:30 PM EDT
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A performance on Monday's episode of ABC's American Idol took a painful turn when a contestant – clearly stressed about her chances of surviving another week – face-planted in front of the judges.

Funke Lagoke had just performed the Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion duet "Tell Him" with fellow contestant Ronda Felton when the words of judge Lionel Ritchie were apparently too much to bear. Ritchie has just finished calling the number a "train wreck" when he turned to Lagoke to say "you got yourself to the end and the problem is..." That's when Lagoke fell face-first onto the stage. 

"She busted her chin, y'all," judge Luke Bryan can be heard saying. 

Paramedics were called to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Lagoke was initially told she would need stitches, but viewers were informed that she was treated for dehydration at the hospital and released. 

Afterwards, Richie – who previously seemed to indicate in the scrum with fellow judges Bryan and Katy Perry that he was ready to eliminate Lagoke -- told Felton that she and Lagoke were actually safe. 

Lagoke, whose first name is short for Funmike Lagoke, competed in the 2019 Miss Nigeria USA pageant and won the title.

Next week is the Showstopper Round. American Idol airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. 

Watch American Idol on HuluABC (Via Cable/Satellite Provider), and fuboTV.

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LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, RYAN SEACREST, LUKE BRYAN

American Idol

Ryan Seacrest hosts as Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan guide aspiring singers on their way to superstardom.

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