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UK Eurovision entry SuRie 'so proud' of her performance despite stage invader

Sunday 13th May 2018
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UK Eurovision act SuRie said she was "so proud" of her performance despite the unwelcome stage invader snatching her microphone off her while she was singing ‘Storm’.

The 29-year-old said she “gave it my very best”, adding it was an “incredible experience”—despite finishing third from bottom with 48 points.

Netta Barzilai from Israel won with 529 points with the quirky, beat song ‘Toy’, beating favourites Cyprus into second place.

SuRie said: “I’m so proud of my performance tonight. I gave it my very best.

“It’s been an incredible experience for me. I am so grateful for everyone’s love and support. The fans make Eurovision what it is—the biggest and the most inclusive and open celebration of music in the world.

“Eurovision is a family, and I am proud to be part of it.”

A man dressed in a shirt and bandana, ran onto stage and said into SuRie’s mic: “Nazis of the UK media… We demand freedom.”

He was taken off the stage by security and in a statement, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which runs Eurovision, confirmed he was in police custody.

The man had previously stormed the stage of the National Television Awards, where he was ordered off by host Dermot O'Leary.

The statement also said that SuRie was given the option to perform again, but she chose not to.

After the drama filled event event, the 29-year-old tweeted: “Well, I’ve always said anything can happen at Eurovision …”

The full statement said: "The EBU regrets a stage invasion took place during the United Kingdom's 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."

Elsewhere in the 63rd annual song contest, held in Lisbon, Portugal, Israel's Netta praised Eurovision for "celebrating diversity".

Receiving her trophy, she said: "I'm so happy. Thank you so much for choosing different, thank you for accepting difference between us.

"Thank you for celebrating diversity. I love my country. Next time in Jerusalem."

The BBC has confirmed that viewing figures for the Eurovision Song Contest peaked at 8.1 million with an average of 6.9 million tuning in to the show in the UK.

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