'American Idol' Alum Chris Sligh Has COVID-19

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Singer Chris Sligh attends the 57th Annual BMI Country Awards at BMI on November 10, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Chris Sligh, a finalist in season six of American Idol, is battling with COVID-19-related pneumonia.

The contemporary Christian singer on Monday posted a picture of himself appearing unwell in a medical facility, with the caption, “My world right now. Covid suuuuucks.”

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My world right now. Covid suuuuucks.

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His condition hasn’t improved. “I’ll try to reach out to as many people as I can individually, but publicly let me say thank you for the prayers & kind words,” he writes in a new Instagram post.

“I have Covid that has devolved into pneumonia. Breathing without pain or coughing is difficult & I didn’t get much sleep last night, but hopefully the antibiotics do their work fast.”

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Thank you

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Thanks to his deep run in the 2007 season of Idol, Sligh has enjoyed a notable chart career. His album Empty Me from 2008 peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, and two other sets (Only You Can Save Me at No. 12, One at No. 29) have impacted the Top 40.

Sligh has entered the Christian AC Songs chart on four occasions, including a No. 7 best for 2008’s “Empty Me.”

A new single “Beyond Our Wildest Dreams” dropped Feb. 28 and a rerecording of “One” is due out Thursday (July 8). In a recent update, Sligh said "One" would be his last single release to the Christian market, with the promise of “more on that to come.”

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