Whitney Houston looked a million dollars as she performed “Million Dollar Bill” on UK television Oct 17, but the most memorable moment of the song wasn’t her vocal gymnastics but a wardrobe malfunction.

Wearing a too-long silver halter neck gown (she had to hold the excess fabric in one hand, while clasping the mic in the other), a radiant-looking Whitney was delivering an energetic performance when the straps of her dress burst open.

Singing on the X-Factor, Simon Cowell‘s British equivalent to American Idol, Whitney, 46, looked down in dismay as she realized her dress had come undone.

At the end she declared, “I sang myself out of my clothes”.

Despite the malfunction, the show’s judges, including Simon, gave the diva a standing ovation.

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