Eurovision: Stage invader who snatched microphone during UK’s performance was Nolan Live protester
A stage invader, who shouted about “Nazis of the UK media” as he snatched the microphone during the UK’s Eurovision performance, had gatecrashed the Nolan Live TV show during a broadcast in Belfast in October last year, Stephen Nolan has claimed. .
The intruder in a black and red bandana and slogan t-shirt rushed the stage on Saturday night as SuRie was performing her track Storm, shouting “we demand freedom” before he was hauled off by security.
The incident in Portugal left SuRie without a microphone for at least ten seconds and she was forced to clap along as cameras cut to fans in the audience.
She later resumed her song and finished to rapturous applause.
She was performing her track Storm dressed in a white asymmetric jumpsuit with flashing lights behind her as the audience sang along enthusiastically when the intruder snatched her microphone.
Northern Ireland TV host Stephen Nolan revealed the man was the protester who had disrupted his TV show last year. The man who goes under the name Dr AC Activism is a so-called anti-media conspiracy theorist.
"I’m pretty sure this is him again at Eurovision", Stephen Nolan tweeted.
I’ve been on a Live TV set when this Activism man invades. Given the current environment , you panic inside for a split second. Which is why SuRie reacted with ultimate professionalism & courage https://t.co/SsXPYpJKKw— Stephen Nolan (@StephenNolan) May 12, 2018
The man had travelled to Belfast from his home in London to protest against Stephen Nolan.
Although he clearly startled the presenter, his protest was short lived as he was quickly silenced and escorted from the studio.
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Just to confirm SuRie is ok. More news when we get it. #Eurovision— BBC Eurovision🇬🇧 (@bbceurovision) May 12, 2018
On Saturday SuRie clapped along until she was given a new microphone.
After the performance, Graham Norton who is serving as commentator for the BBC’s coverage said: “She was doing a brilliant job anyway.
“We are not sure what is going to happen or whether we will get an opportunity to perform again.”
He later added: “We are still reeling.”
Stars rushed to offer support to the singer, with The Fizz’s Cheryl Baker tweeting “love your heart”.
She added: “I wonder if they’ll ask @surieofficial to perform again? She must be in a state of shock. Where was the security? He could have had a weapon!”
I wonder if they'll ask @surieofficial to perform again? She must be in a state of shock. Where was the security? He could have had a weapon!— Cheryl Baker (@Cherylbaker) May 12, 2018
Author 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.”
Presenter Scarlett Moffat tweeting: “Hope surie is ok. She is an absolute star.”
Hope surie is ok 😪 she is an absolute star 🌟 #eurovision— Scarlett Moffatt (@ScarlettMoffatt) May 12, 2018
Former Home Secretary Yvette Cooper added: “That was actually excellent #SuRie #eurovision – pumped it up even better for being interrupted.”
Later in the broadcast Norton told viewers: “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 had offered SuRie the chance to perform again but she chose not to, Norton said.
He told viewers: “She decided she didn’t want to perform again.
“Who can blame her? She has absolutely nothing to prove.
“She coped beyond admirably.
“How vulnerable would you feel on stage all by yourself?”
The intruder was taken into police custody.
This year's winner of the Eurovision song contest was Israel.
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