Stage invader grabs mic during UK Eurovision performance

The man reportedly shouted about “Nazis of the UK media” as the singer performed her track Storm at the annual event.

The intruder was dragged off stage by security after shouting “we demand freedom” and the singer clapped along until she was given a new microphone.

It came before the winner of this year’s song contest was announced as Netta Barzilai for Israel with her song Toy.

A man takes the microphone from Britain's singer Susanna Marie Cork aka SuRie as she performs 'Storm' during the final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, on May 12, 2018. (Photo by Francisco LEONG / AFP) (Photo credit should read FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)
Image:SuRie declined the opportunity to perform again
Stage invader grabs mic during UK Eurovision performance
Stage invader grabs mic during UK Eurovision performance

After SuRie finished singing, Graham Norton, who is the commentator for the BBC coverage, said: “She was doing a brilliant job anyway.”

He later added: “There was a stage invasion, SuRie coped incredibly well, I can’t stress enough what a brilliant job she did, she must have been terrified.”

The European Broadcasting Union offered SuRie the chance to perform again but she chose not to.

It said in a statement: “The EBU regrets a stage invasion took place during the UK performance at the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in Lisbon this evening. The person responsible is currently in police custody.

Security subdues a person who invaded the stage as United Kingdom's SuRie performed "Storm" during the Grand Final of Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon, Portugal, May 12, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
Image:The man was dragged away by security

“The UK singer SuRie and her team were offered the option to sing again but decided not to because they were extremely proud of her performance and have decided that there is absolutely no reason to perform the song again.”

Celebrities and even MPs came out in support of the singer after her unfortunate experience.

JK Rowling wrote: “That was everyone who’s ever been on stage’s worst nightmare and it must have been scary, but what a pro, what a recovery @surieofficial.”

Former shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper added: “That was actually excellent #SuRie #eurovision – pumped it up even better for being interrupted.”

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