UK Eurovision wipeout after protester invades stage
BRITAIN’S Eurovision singer SuRie was hailed a heroine last night after she carried on with her performance despite a stage invasion. The 29-year-old singer was half way through the performance of her song Storm when a protester jumped on stage and grabbed the microphone from her hands. The man screamed: ‘For the Nazis of the UK media we demand freedom’ before he was bundled off stage by security at the event in Lisbon, Portugal.
After the shocking invasion, Britain finished a woeful 24th out of 26 countries, garnering just 48 points in the contest, which was won by Israel’s Netta with her song Toy.
Essex-born SuRie looked terrified by the unfolding events but kept her cool. The cameras cut away for a few seconds during the stage invasion and then returned to find the singer clapping her hands while a replacement microphone was found. The singer, who trained at The Royal Academy of Music, finished the song with the enthusiastic backing of the crowd and at the end received one of the biggest cheers of the night.
The stage invader is believed to be self-styled activist Dr A.C.
He has performed similar stunts in the past, interrupting the National Television Awards in January as the winners were being announced.
He also stormed The Voice final last year as Emma Willis prepared to announce the results. He was taken into police custody after last night’s protest, which played out in front of more than 170million TV viewers.
Broadcaster Jeremy Vine tweeted: ‘The stage invader who shouted about the Nazis during the UK’s Eurovision entry perhaps doesn’t realise there would be a whole lot more of them if it weren’t for our performance in World War 2.’
Brexit was immediately blamed for Britain’s poor showing. ITV newsreader Alastair Stewart tweeted: ‘The true cost of #Brexit is emerging.’
DRAMA: The intruder grabs SuRie’s mic last night. Inset: Dermot O’Leary confronts the same man at the National Television Awards in January