One X Factor contestant has made a very dramatic exit; falling from the back of the stage during his performance.
Hoping to secure a spot at the judges’ houses, 20-year-old singer and guitarist, Tommy Ludford, gave a lively and promising performance during the ‘Six Chair Challenge’.
Strumming away on his acoustic guitar, Tommy looked like a natural and the judges and audience members alike appeared to be thoroughly enjoying his performance of his song Dipping Biscuits.
However, no sooner had he finished plucking the strings, the Sussex man took a misguided step backwards and tumbled off the stage – following in the clumsy footsteps of celebrities such as Madonna and Gemma Collins.
The judges appeared deeply concerned, wide-eyed with shock as a swearing Dermot O’Leary ran over to help him out. The studio erupted with panic at the prospect of the talented young man being injured.
One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson wore an expression of pure horror before rushing to Tommy’s side, while Take That legend, Robbie Williams, clapped a hand to his mouth.
Even the cynical Simon Cowell, who’s surely seen it all by now, appeared genuinely alarmed for Tommy’s welfare.
Omg that looked nasty mate hope u was alright ? 😢
— Daniel Martin (@Dan_Martin1991) September 24, 2018
Fortunately, Tommy arose from the back of the stage with his fist raised and a big grin on his face. A true star, it’ll clearly take more than a fall to bring this lad down.
The audience cheered and applauded at the sight of good humoured Tommy; uninjured and resilient after an extremely tough performance.
Tommy has since completely owned his blunder, joking about his tumble on social media and even appearing to get the nickname ‘Stagediver’ tattooed on his arm:
Sometimes you just gotta own it.🤘 pic.twitter.com/u9C88SFHzv
— Tommy Ludford (@Iamtommyludford) September 28, 2018
Disastrous moment aside, it seems fans of the ITV talent show have truly ‘fallen’ for the down-to-earth (ahem) contestant, offering him plenty of support.
One person tweeted:
Hope the rest of your performance went better than this & you got a chair so I can hear you sing more! [sic]
But even if you didn’t I’ll watch this space cause I love #kingpin & you’re really good, so I’m sure there’s a lot to come from you either way! [sic]
Others applauded the way Tommy was able to get up and dust himself off after the setback, refusing to let it get him down (I’ll stop now, I promise…)
One person said:
He rises like the Phoenix.
Mate, you're supposed to dive into the crowd
— 🎗Loups. ✌ (@louptyloups) September 30, 2018
IM SORRY FOR LAUGHING i hope you didn’t hurt yourself tho!!
— pauline (@glazedovreye) September 30, 2018
Oh my god my heart dropped! Louis getting up to check on you though💔💔take my heart already
— 1d / Sun ◟̽◞̽ (@1dSun1) September 30, 2018
legit all of us tonight pic.twitter.com/JCklulRlwm
— Morgane ◟̽◞̽ (@versaillestyIes) September 30, 2018
He rises like the Phoenix 💪🏻💙
— candy hazelden (@CandyHazelden) September 25, 2018
Kitchen porter by day, Tommy is a dab hand at writing his own songs, wowing the judging panel with his original song, Kingpin.
His audition won him four big yes votes, even gaining him the respect of Cowell, who’s not always been a fan of guitar music.
Tommy told the Rye & Battle Observer:
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.
Beeerrrr ain't working!🍻 pic.twitter.com/6d0Ls05UjT
— Tommy Ludford (@Iamtommyludford) September 26, 2018
Will Tommy have earned himself a chair and a place in the next round? Find out in tonights episode (September 30), which will air at 8pm on ITV.
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Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.