The UK’s Eurovision 2018 singer has been speaking on ITV’s This Morning about the stage invasion during her performance of Storm during the Grand Final in Lisbon.
The stage invader (who goes under the alias Dr AC Activism and has launched similar stage invasions on UK TV in the past) interrupted SuRie during her performance and shouted into the microphone. The British singer, however, managed to carry on and finish the song.
SuRie told This Morning:
“There’s a couple of bruises from where I was holding the mic. But I’m OK.”
SuRie also confirmed that she was hurt on her shoulder when the intruder barged into her arm. She added:
“There wasn’t any time to feel fear. He was suddenly there, security were on him as quick as he was on me, he got the mic for a few seconds, that was out of my hands, but the song was still going.”
SuRie then seized the opportunity to complete her performance for the UK:
“The backing vocalists were still singing, the crowd was still chanting, so I just turned upstage for a moment but I was still clapping and cheering with the crowd, I just didn’t have the mic.
I turned back and saw the mic on the floor, and I thought, ‘well that’s mine’, I’ll finish this song.”
After the event, the UK delegation were offered the opportunity by the EBU to perform again at the end of the show, but declined, deciding that they were proud of SuRie’s performance and recovery.
This is the third time in recent years that a stage invasion has occurred during the live final of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2010, Spanish artist Daniel Diges’ performance of his entry Algo pequeñito was interrupted by stunt-man Jimmy Jump. He performed his entry again at the end of the show.
In 2017, Jamala’s performance during the interval in Kyiv was interrupted by known prankster Vitalii Sediuk.
In response to the stage invasion in Lisbon, the EBU have launched an official investigation. An EBU spokesman told The Guardian after the contest:
The man gained access to the stage by climbing into the camera run. He then reached the main stage via the bridge, pursued by security … He was removed off stage after seven seconds and is being questioned by police. We take security very seriously and an investigation into what happened is already under way.
In the aftermath, SuRie received considerable support on social media and the UK commentator Graham Norton. In the contest, she finished 24 of 26 songs with 48 points. Only Finland and Portugal scored less.
Relive the moment below:
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top 10 only twice, this being in 2002 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.