WATCH: Luke Bryan Laughs Hysterically As Katy Perry Falls During Live ‘American Idol’ Show

American Idol production came to a halt when Katy Perry fell out of her chair on Sunday evening (May 1)…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 1, 2022

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Luke Bryan, Katy Perry Fall; Photo via ABC_American Idol

American Idol production came to a halt when Katy Perry fell out of her chair on Sunday evening (May 1) during Disney Week on Idol.

Perry went all-out for Disney week, sporting an Ariel costume from The Little Mermaid. Her look was complete with a red wig, purple shell bra, and a green tail. The pop superstar even accessorized with a “dinglehopper” (aka fork) to complete the costume.  

Due to her mermaid tail, Perry was unable to walk on her own and had to seek help from fellow Idol judges Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, who chivalrously carried her to her seat on the judges panel. 

While host Ryan Seacrest was introducing the show, a sudden thump and gasps were heard as Perry flipped backwards out of her white rolling chair at the judges panel. Luke Bryan hysterically laughed at Perry when he seen her lying on the floor.

Ryan Seacrest, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie; Photo by ABC, American Idol

Bryan, Richie, Idol producers and Seacrest then went rushing to help Perry up off the ground.

“She’s alright, she’s alright,” Seacrest shouted. 

“Hell with Mermaids,” Bryan yelled after helping her up, before Richie chimed in, “live TV, I love it!”

The comical moment had the entire live audience cracking up before they chanted her name as she successfully returned to her seat.

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This isn’t the first incident that Perry endured during the 20th season of American Idol. 

Earlier this year, during the first round of Hollywood Week, Perry suffered a wardrobe malfunction.

In the midst of the show, Perry split her pants during an impromptu performance of her chart-topping hit, “Teenage Dream.” The incident occurred when Perry, Richie and Bryan, as well as Idol hopefuls, were singing along to the hit song.

During the random sing-along, Perry was singing the lyrics, “let you put your hands on me in my skin-tight jeans,” when she bent down and ripped the back of her skin-tight red leather pants.

Luke Bryan, Katy Perry; ABC, American Idol

“They busted!” Bryan then shouted, referencing Perry’s pants, which split.

“That was a first ladies and gentlemen, the concert is officially over,” Richie said jokingly, while Bryan pointed at Perry laughing. “”I’m so sorry, all video will be collected.”

“Can I get some tape? Some gaffer’s tape?” Perry asked, as she walked off the stage to try and get some tape to repair the rip in her leather pants.

Bryan and Idol producers then assisted Perry in correcting the wardrobe malfunction with yellow duct tape.

In 2018, Perry encountered another mishap during Idol, when the hitmaker was faced with a similar situation alongside Richie and Bryan. The “Daisies” singer laughed so hard that her silver bodysuit ripped at the seams. Luckily, Richie helped cover her up when she repaired the split.

American Idol airs every Sunday and Monday at 8/7c on ABC.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.