Walking on land can be more difficult than you think. Katy PerryFor Ariel, dress up in an elaborate costume American Idol‘s Disney night, but she quickly learned that mermaid life is not easy.
The “Roar” songstress, 37, recreated Ariel’s iconic look from The Little Mermaid — green tail, purple seashell bra and flowing red hair — for the Sunday, May 1, episode of the ABC series. She posed with an oversized fork, or as Ariel would call, a dinglehopper, for photos before the show.
While sitting on the judges’ panel, however, things took a turn. As host Ryan SeacrestThe episode’s creator was introducing the plan. A crash was then heard off-camera. Luke Bryan‘s hysterical laughter. Perry, who’d been propping her fins up on the desk, had fallen out of her chair backwards head first.
45 is the country’s star. Lionel Richie confirmed that the “Wide Awake” songstress was OK, they stood her back up with help from Seacrest, 47. The audience then chanted, “Katy! Katy” as she sat down and took a sip of her drink.
“Hell with mermaids!” Bryan exclaimed while looking directly into the camera. “I love it,” Richie, 72, added. “I love it!”
Perry shared several photos of the outfit via Instagram after the show, referencing Ariel’s famous song “Part of Your World” in one of her captions. “Look at this #americanidol episode, isn’t it neat?” she quipped alongside a photo of herself posing with her dinglehopper.
In a behind the scenes video, the Grammy nominee had a hard time lying down while her team helped her to get into her form-fitting mermaid tail. “Some BTS of a lil Sunday sushi,” the pop star wrote in her caption. Nugget, her dog, sat patiently at the side wearing a Flounder costume.
The California native shared a clip in which Bryan and Richie rolled her on stage using a doll. “I’ve never seen a human this close,” she joked in another video where she was standing between her fellow judges.
Perry later shared a clip of the fall, writing, “Flippin’ your fins you don’t get too far 🧜🏻♀️😅 swipe to see what almost accidentally killed @lionelrichie.” The “Hello” crooner also reposted the incident on his own Instagram Story, writing, “I wasn’t ready for this … everything was OK and then it got crazy.”
Keep scrolling for more photos of Perry’s big tumble.