UK Euro­vi­sion wipe­out after pro­tester in­vades stage

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Chris Hast­ings

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

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