Here’s a concert goer’s account of what went down:
She was all up on the stage shaking her booty to “Say My Name” and I look away for a split second and then I see her lying on the stage. At first, I thought it was part of the act especially when one of her dancers started jumping around super-dramatically but then stage crew started running towards her and then some This Day folks including This Day publisher, Nduka Obaigbena were on the stage forming a ring round her to prevent the audience from seeing what the medical emergency crew were doing and then we knew it was real. Damn! The audience began chanting “Ke-lly, Ke-lly, Ke-lly!” in the hope of encouraging her on. The emergency operation went on for about 15 minutes before she was finally carried off the stage, I’m assuming on a strecher, since she was completely surrounded by the people on the stage. She defintely didn’t get up and walk off herself, that I know for sure. Later on, Nduka Obaigbena came out and said she was okay and she sent her love and was very sorry for not being able to complete her set.
Speaking of which, her set was actually quite fun and energetic despite what seemed like a lot of people’s apprehensions (including mine) about her ability as an exciting live performer.
Reps for Kelly are citing dehydration as the cause, yet some media outlets are questioning the timing of the fall (suggesting it may be a publicity stunt to generate interest in her new CD). Having been to Nigeria myself -my parents hail from there – I know how HOT it can get over there. Aside from that, Kelly has been promoting her album non-stop recently so it’s bound to tell on her sooner or later. It’s pretty insensitive on the part of some reporters to assume it was all a ploy – cut the girl some slack already. I’m just hoping all is well with her and she makes a speedy recovery.
What do you think of Kelly’s collapse?