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April 2, 2008
Idol Chatter: David Cook under stress


I got several e-mail alerts, including ones from TMZ and the L.A. Times, reporting that "American Idol" contestant David Cook (pictured) apparently was rushed to a hospital immediately after Tuesday night's show.

The Times says he was "experiencing stress-related heart palpitations. He was later released with a prescription for medication to lower his blood pressure."
(I've got your back on that one, David.)

Obviously, if you watched the show, you know he was able to perform his Dolly Parton song, "Little Sparrow" - to rave reviews, no less.

Heck, the show itself is a pressure cooker. I'm surprised someone hasn't succumbed to the anxiety before now. David was released after a short stay and headed back to the hotel, where the other "Idol" contestants are staying.

"He is fine and not at the hospital," another show insider told E!

Insiders told the Times that another factor adding to David's anxiety may have been news about his brother, who is fighting cancer.

And show host Ryan Seacrest told listeners of KIIS-FM (in Los Angeles), "I don't know what he was stressed about. He said yesterday that his blood pressure was high and he wanted to get checked out after the show."

(Did viewers catch that Ryan banged his leg on one of the metal railings Tuesday night while navigating the set? Ouch!)

It will be interesting to see how everyone's doing on tonight's live results show (at 9 p.m. on Channel 40). And check back at the conclusion of the show to see what I have to say about who gets the boot.

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