Did you watch Eurovision 2018 last night?
Well, if you didn’t then you missed two things:
- Israel’s Netta Barzilai giving a contest-winning performance of TOY.
- The UK’s entry, SuRie having her performance ruined by a stage invader.
That second incident was particularly frustrating for all involved, not least of all SuRie herself.
To recap, mid-way through SuRie’s set, a man ran on stage, took away her microphone and started to shout out a garbled speech to the audience. He was then quickly taken away by a security guard, but not before causing a disruption to the performance.
Although confused by what had happened, SuRie continued on like a pro as the crowd cheered. SuRie was later given the opportunity to perform again, but she declined the invitation.
Taking to Twitter to make comment about the incident, SuRie initially provided a light-hearted response to what was clearly a shocking ordeal. She said: “Well, I’ve always said anything can happen at Eurovision…”
This morning, the Storm singer followed up this tweet with the following: “I’ve been told the security agent who intervened last night is ok and thank goodness for that. Thank you everybody for your messages of love and support and huge congrats to @NettaBarzilai, I’m so, so proud of you x”
Eurovision organisers, EBU put out a statement last night via Twitter, which said: “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.
“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.”
Ultimately, SuRie only managed to pick up 48 points. However, she handled the whole incident with grace and gave as good a performance as she could under the circumstances.
For the UK, it was clearly not meant to be at Eurovision 2018. Perhaps 2019 will be the one for us.
And if you missed this year’s contest and you want a rundown of the highs (and the lows) of what happened, then you can check out my live blog of the entire evening.