Oh, Cliffhanger! American Idol Contestant Falls Off Stage

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Whether it was chasing after the wrong minivan in the carpool line while dragging along your rolling backpack in 5th grade (they were popular then, trust me) or being dared to skinny dip and getting your clothes stolen, we’ve all experienced some rough embarrassing moments.
Usually, our reddened cheeks fade with the memory over the years. Yet for those in the spotlight, there’s an everlasting digital equivalent to the taunting group of popular kids: YouTube. Of course, whenever you do something embarrassing on camera, it’s going to be seen somewhere.
When American Idol contestant Symone Black fell off the stage during tryouts, not only did her treacherous stumble end up quickly on YouTube, but was also used as a cliffhanger for the end of the episode. After trying to explain that she chose to sing “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding because she thought it would reach out to an older generation, Randy Jackson replied, “[Are] you saying that we're older?” She appeared quite wobbly after that and maybe without a solid argument for her decision, decided to make a run for it.
Thankfully, American Idol reports that Black is fine and has resumed auditions. Seriously, though. When did our embarrassing moments suddenly become used as media ploys? Is this another harmless William Hung stint or should her health have taken precedence?

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