Symone Black Auditions in Hollywood, Falls Off Stage

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Give American Idol credit for airing a legitimate, soap opera-esque cliffhanger last night.

Or lament the show for exploiting what could be a serious injury to a 16-year old girl.

Either way, the competition concluded its first set of Hollywood auditions not with a high note, but with a thud. Literally, as Symone Black was talking to the judges about why she selected "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" when she took a couple uneven steps and then... WHAM! She fell off the stage and crashed to the floor.

Cue the credits and fade to black as producer Nigel Lythgoe called for a medic. Was this great television? Or a pathetic way for a fading series to try and recapture some headlines? Watch and decide for yourself:


American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]