Well, last night's cliffhanger was rather dramatic, wasn't it?
There was a scary moment for Symone Black on American Idol last night as she finished singing "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" and, seemingly overcome with fatigue or nerves, tottered toward the edge of the stage and fell off. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe called for a medic, and her understandably concerned father rushed toward the front of the room.
Luckily, Symone was taken to the hospital, treated for dehydration and appears to be doing just fine.
But what happened when she told her dad to quit worrying and showed up for day three of Hollywood Week, along with 184 fellow aspiring stars?
Well, aside from missing out on a little key bonding time when the remaining hopefuls knew they had to split up into groups, Symone fit right in.
In fact, the teen was hardly alone when it came to excitement, anxiety and exhaustion taking its toll.
Amy Brumfield, who won hearts with her story of living in a tent in the woods with her boyfriend and then made headlines with news of her misdemeanor-peppered past, showed up for the group round with a nasty flu.
Her group worried about her stamina, but the 24-year-old Tennessean said she was determined to "beat the devil."
And that bug traveled fast, because, before long, Gabrielle Carruba was tossing her cookies during rehearsal, the poor 16-year-old from Connecticut throwing up into a bag in between harmonies.
Phillip Phillips and Eben Christian chose to take their stomach troubles to their rooms, but both were back after some alone time, be it in bed or in the bathroom.
And throughout, of course, group members who were perfectly healthy were rubbing each other the wrong way and butting heads right and left.
Wow! The flies may not be dropping but they're caught in a pretty tangled web of nerves and creative differences. We can only imagine how this will affect the actual group round performances—which will air next Wednesday.
(Originally published Feb. 9, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. PT)