X Factor judges were left gasping in shock and crying out after a singer fell backwards off stage mid-performance.
Presenter Dermot O’Leary, One Direction star Louis Tomlinson and several staff members rushed on stage during the ‘Six Chair challenge’ round of the show after singer Tommy Ludford, 20, took the nasty tumble.
He was singing ‘Dipping Biscuits’ for his place in the ‘Judges Houses’ round of the talent show, but as he started to get into the song and began moving around the stage, he appeared to lose sight of where he was and took one step too far back.
He dramatically fell out of sight of the audience with his guitar heard crashing to the floor beside him. Judges Robbie Williams and wife Ayda Field immediately leapt to their feet in shock, while Louis and Simon stared open-mouthed.
As Dermot and other staff rushed to his side, it was a few seconds before he managed to eventually raise his arm into the air and enthusiastically wave to the audience – letting everyone know he was fine.
Louis eventually joined Tommy on stage and looked relieved to see he was uninjured.
The ‘Six Chair challenge’ sees contestants fight for a place in the next round of ITV’s the X Factor in the UK, where they have the chance to visit the judges’ houses.
Tommy isn’t the first talent show contestant to narrowly avoid injury on stage. From a trapeze act’s dramatic fall, to a woman accidentally shooting her fiance in the neck with an arrow, there have been some huge fails that have left families worldwide on the edge of their seats.
On a recent episode of America’s Got Talent, an acrobatic couple known as Duo Transcend caused a major panic when their daring trapeze act involving fire and blindfolds went terribly wrong.
Husband and wife duo Tyce Neilsen and Mary Wolfe-Nielsen took to the stage to impress the judges, with Tyce hanging upside-down from the ceiling and pulling his partner up to him with incredible strength.
At one point, Tyce could be seen holding Mary by her head as she performed the splits mid-air. Next, the performance became more dangerous when fire began lighting up the stage. Mary was dangling from her husband’s arms as all this was happening.
However, it went very wrong as Mary was meant to be caught my Tyce, but as she fell from a rope, she slipped and plunged to the stage below. The judges began screaming as the camera cut to their two-year-old son and his grandmother, who were watching on in horror from the live studio audience.
Tyce was left hanging from the roof, while judges could be heard asking if Mary was okay. Remarkably, she got up off the floor and smiled at the audience. Despite the mishap, the judges gave the couple a standing ovation.