As with its British counterpart, America’s Got Talent regularly provides viewers with moments to gush and marvel over.
But fans of the show were left gasping in shock during Tuesday night’s instalment, as a woman suddenly plummeted to the ground as her husband and partner lost grip of her after their impressive trapeze act went horribly wrong mid-performance.
Judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel watched in horror as Mary was seen falling after her blindfolded spouse Tyce, who is legally blind in his right eye due to a progressive eye disease, lost grip of her in the grand finale.
Scared Spice: Mel B and her fellow America’s Got Talent judges were left shocked when a woman fell to the ground during the grand finale of a trapeze performance on Tuesday night
The shock extended to Mary’s mother, who was seen holding the couple’s two-year-old son, Jaxx, close as she sat in the audience, before covering her own face.
But while the celebrity panel – and studio audience – were visibly and audibly horrified by the mishap, Mary luckily landed safely, leaving her in pain but largely uninjured as she sprung to her feet a few seconds later with a smile on her face.
Toward the end of the act, Tyce was seen hanging upside down as he prepared to catch Mary by her ankle, before she shockingly slipped through his grip.
Losing grip: Mary was seen falling after her blindfolded spouse Tyce, who is legally blind in his right eye due to a progressive eye disease, lost grip of her in the grand finale
Shocking moment: As he hung upside down, Tyce was meant to catch his wife by her ankle
Horror: Members of the live audience were left shocked as they noticed what had transpired
While the Utah-based duo expressed a desire to attempt the final portion of their act once again, British-born Mel insisted: ‘No, it’s fine! It’s fine.’
‘This is not America’s Got Perfection, it’s America’s Got Talent, nobody can do this,’ assured guest judge Ken Jeong, who starred in raucous comedy The Hangover.
After Tyce was lowered to the ground, he hugged and kissed his teary wife as the audience applauded and cheered them on.
Despite the accident, the daredevil couple still managed to impress the judges, progressing to the live shows of the competition.
Mary was so surprised to here the praise from the judges that she burst into tears as her husband held tight around her body.
‘We work on the road a lot and we have a two-year-old son,’ the wife explained. ‘We have to leave him at home most of the time, so the dream is to be in Vegas so that our family can be together.’
Star judges: Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell are among the judges on the talent show’s panel
Fall: Mary was seen plummeting towards the ground as the judges and audience froze in shock
Family: Mary’s anguished mother sat with the couple’s two-year-old son Jaxx in the audience
All is well: However, viewers were left relieved when Mary sprung to her feet just seconds later
And guest judge Ken took things a step further by awarding the power of the Golden Buzzer, guaranteeing them a place in the quarter finals.
‘You almost got hurt very badly and your first thought was, “Let me do that again!” Only on America’s Got Talent does that happen,’ noted TV personality Howie.
Howie also took the opportunity to crack a joke at twice-divorced Mel B’s expense, when he said to her: ‘You’ve had a guy drop you.’
‘Just for the record, I dropped them,’ replied Mel, without missing a beat.
Very dramatic: It proved to be one of the show’s most dramatic moments of the season thus far
Always the comedian: After initially looking horrified, Howie Mandel cracked a joke about it
Daring: Utah-based married couple Mary and Tyce took on the dangerous act with Tyce blindfolded – despite the fact that he is legally blind in his right eye
Bruised: She was seen sporting a large bruise on her side as she made her way from the stage