If you watched The Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, you’ll know about the moment when SuRie’s performance was invaded. The singer (representing the UK) was performing her song “Storm”, when a member of the audience invaded the stage and snatched the microphone from her hands before shouting “Nazi’s of the UK media, we demand freedom!”
Fortunately, she didn’t let this ruin her performance, and like a true professional, continued on singing. However, she revealed she has some bruises on her hands, and that she hurt her shoulder.
“There’s a couple of bruises from where I was holding the mic. But I’m OK.” she told ITV’s This Morning.
Commenting on the sudden disruption, SuRie said there “wasn’t any time to feel fear”, allowing her to continue her performance.
“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.
“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.”
Despite what happened, SuRie declined the offer to re-perform her song on the show, and said that the incident gave her a new lease of life to finish the song.
“You can see it in my eyes for the last part of the song,” she said. “You can see the determination to finish the song.”
“As you say, the lyrics took on a new meaning – ‘Hold your head up, don’t give up’ – and the crowd, the surge from then, that’s my lasting memory from this.”
SuRie has certainly remained positive about the experience, and said she was “really proud” of the performance, so therefore, didn’t wish to do it again.
“We had that conversation, but I was really proud of that performance,” she explained. “And you work up to that moment.”
“You don’t get to do the 100m sprint at the Olympics again because your shoelace is untied or something. You had that one shot and that was my moment, and we didn’t need to repeat that.
“We had those conversations backstage, I saw the reaction and faces of my team, who were very proud of the recovery and the power of that, and we didn’t need to go again.”
Despite a lot of sympathy towards SuRie, the singer only came 24th out in place out of 26, putting her in the bottom three. However, she insists she doesn’t need the sympathy and that just being part of the show was an amazing experience in itself.
“The point of the Eurovision Song Contest is it began a few years after World War II when everyone’s reeling from grief and sadness and fear, and they bring nations together to sing their way out of it.”
“It’s such an amazing thing to be a part of, it really is. And my leaderboard for the night is the Twitter feed, the Instagram feed that I’ve had, with the love and support form so many people.”
“And especially the UK crowd who have rallied around me and said ‘We’ve got your back, we’re proud of you, we support you’.”
As for the person who interrupted the performance himself, there isn’t much we know about him other than he’s a alleged “activist”, and that he is being questioned by police in Lisbon, Portugal, where the show took place.
“He was removed off stage after seven seconds and is being questioned by police.” a spokesperson for the EBU stated. “We take security very seriously and an investigation into what happened is already under way.”
So despite the incident, SuRie was able to soldier on and still stand strong, despite the rather disappointing results in the end. After all, it isn’t always about winning, even though Israel won this year, since sometimes it’s also about a participation trophy and in just taking part, which has been the case for the UK for the past decade.
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