The stage invader who interrupted SuRie’s performance at the grand final of Eurovision 2018 has been released on bail.
The EBU has released the following statement:
“The stage invader was questioned by police immediately following the incident, and then held in custody until Monday May 14 when he was seen in court in Lisbon.
“He has now been released on bail, with charges pending the result of an ongoing police inquiry.
“The EBU, RTP [Radio and Television of Portugal] and Portuguese Authorities take security very seriously and an investigation into what happened is ongoing.”
The EBU has previously confirmed that the man gained access to the stage by climbing into the camera run. He reached the main stage via the bridge and was removed by security after seven seconds. Whilst he took the microphone from SuRie and shouted a message, the singer was able to recover and finish her performance of Storm.
Graham Norton, the United Kingdom’s commentator said during the broadcast that:
We don’t know why he stormed the stage but it doesn’t matter, you don’t hijack someone’s hard-earned moment in the spotlight, no matter what your cause.
The singer was offered the chance to perform again during the Grand Final, however opted not to take to the stage for a second time. After the event, she received many messages of support on social media.
Speaking after her return to the UK on This Morning, SuRie confirmed that she was left with some minor bruises from the event but was determined to complete her performance.
The incident is the third time since 2010 that a stage invasion has taken place during one of the biggest live television events of the year. Last year in Ukraine, the 2016 winner Jamala was performing during an interval act when a prankster invaded the stage.
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.