X Factor Judges Freak Out After Hopeful Plummets From Stage Mid-Performance

Oct 18 | 300 sharesEmma Guinness

Ah, the X Factor. It's the 21st century's answer to public executions, and despite following the same predictable format every year, people can't get enough of it. After all, who doesn't want to laugh at someone who thinks they're the next Mariah Carey but sounds like a drowning cat? Or, better still, root for the underdog who'll likely become a one-hit wonder with a sob story?

Okay, the program does occasionally have it's success stories - it's brought us One Direction, after all - but it's hard to deny that it's nothing more than entertainment for entertainment's sake, especially now that the acts are forced to fight in front of a live audience for one of the coveted seats which will take them through to the next round: Judge's Houses.

However, in Sunday's episode, contestant Tommy Ludford, 20, got a little bit too hyped up in his quest for a seat and ended up falling off the stage during his Ed Sheeran-esque performance of his own handwritten song (and props to him for writing it).

While falling off a stage mid-performance is, on the surface, hilarious, the X Factor stage, aptly shaped like a giant X, isn't exactly level with the ground, it's around a meter above it, and when Tommy fell, people were genuinely worried about him.

To see how he handled the incident in the most hilarious way possible, check out the video below:

In fact, the show's host Dermot O'Leary, judge Louis Tomlinson, and security all immediately rushed over to see if the aspiring musician was okay. So, naturally, everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief when the good-humored Tommy let everyone know he was fine.

Recounting the incident, which amazingly won the singer-songwriter a seat, Tommy said, "It was amazing and definitely the most surreal experience in the world. I was really nervous beforehand but once I got on the stage I just got into the zone."

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"I was there all day waiting for my audition and seeing the amount of people with their guitars. A load of them came back looking upset after their auditions and in the back of my mind, I was like 'oh God, this isn't good, I've got to do something special'."

"Anybody who says they aren't trying to impress Simon the most is a liar."

To commemorate the incident, Tommy has since got a tattoo that reads, "Stagediver Since 2018."