Paula Abdul Accidentally Hits Julianne Hough In Throat With Flying Hat

The former "American Idol" judge mesmerized audiences at the Billboard Music Awards with the midshow mishap.
Paula Abdul "straight-up" slayed at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.
Paula Abdul "straight-up" slayed at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards.
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Oh, how we’ve missed live TV with Paula Abdul.

The former “American Idol” judge “straight-up” slayed at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night, closing out the ceremony with a medley of her greatest hits.

It was the singer’s first live performance at an awards show in nearly 30 years, and she was even joined by the evening’s host, Kelly Clarkson, at one point during her number.

But, unexpectedly, all eyes were on Julianne Hough.

After Abdul showed off some impressive tap skills at the top of her performance, she then one-two stepped through the audience, sporting a bowler hat that she dramatically cast off into the crowd before taking the stage.

Except that hat flew directly at the “Dancing with the Stars” alumna’s throat, and her reaction was caught on camera.

Hough appeared to shake it off as Abdul went on to perform hits such as “The Way That You Love Me,” “Vibeology” and “Opposites Attract,” with the help of the animated character MC Skat Kat. But the internet wasn’t exactly ready to let this one go.

Hough later posted a photo on Twitter of herself wearing what appears to be a makeshift neck brace and giving two thumbs up, describing Abdul’s mishap as an honor.

“The result of the honor of being hit in the neck by @PaulaAbdul’s flying hat! Love you babe,” she wrote alongside the photo.

Abdul responded in kind but didn’t exactly apologize for the mishap, writing, “OMG IM PEEING MY PANTS!!!!! You know it was with love.”

Watch Abdul’s full performance at the Billboard Music Awards below.