April 06, 2008 09:02 AM by Joe Reality
It was a traumatic week for American Idol finalist David Cook. First, a big controversy broke out over if he had properly credited the source of some of the song arrangements that he performed on American Idol. Then, he was rushed to the hospital for heart palpitations and high blood pressure after his American Idol performance of Dolly Parton’s “Little Sparrow.”
However, things now appear to be looking up for David Cook. An American Idol producer and a former finalist have both spoken out in regards to Cook’s health situation, and it turns out things might not have been as serious as some in the media made it out to be.
American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe vehemently denied reports that David Cook didn’t feel like giving his performance during the show. Lythgoe explained, “He had heart palpitations and high blood pressure towards the end of the show. He went to Cedars-Sinai, where he saw a private doctor, and he was given some medication to lower his blood pressure, and then returned to the hotel shortly afterwards.”
When asked if the pressure of Idol might have overcome David Cook, recently eliminated American Idol finalist Ramiele Malubay replied, “Well, I’m not sure. He had clearly announced that he had high blood pressure, but he was fine. He went to the hospital and he’s fine. And everybody goes about things totally different and we all break down in totally different ways. So I believe that my breakdown was crying every week for everyone leaving. That’s how I handled the pressure, just letting it all out.”
Not only is David Cook doing fine after his hospital visit, but it appears that the band Doxology is pleased with the credit he gave them during his sit down with Ryan Seacrest on the top nine performance show. In a statement from Doxology front man Luke McPherson, he said, “Re-imagining the Beatles is always tough. We worked very hard to do it in a fresh and new way. The band and I were thrilled to hear the mention tonight. We have to give a lot of credit to the folks at 19 Entertainment, and American Idol for working with our management; their mutual commitment to fix this issue was great; the support throughout has been amazing. And, most important we gotta give David Cook massive props. We all just wanted the same thing here, and that was simply to ‘right’ the situation from a few weeks back. David did that on Idol tonight and we thank him for that. Now, we’re excited to just move on and continue recording the new album we are working on.”
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