Brave SuRie bruised after Eurovision stage invasion
SINGER SuRie has said she sustained some bruises and hurt her shoulder when her Eurovision Song Contest performance was interrupted by a stage invader at the weekend.
But she said she didn’t have time to feel scared and it made her determined to carry on — despite the embarrassment of miming accusations after her vocals could still be heard even though the mic had been ripped from her hands.
It was about halfway through her song Storm when a male activist suddenly, ahem, stormed the stage before launching into a rant about the ‘Nazis of the UK media’.
Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, SuRie admitted she had been bruised, but played down the ordeal.
‘There’s a couple of bruises from where I was holding the mic. But I’m OK,’ she said, adding that her shoulder was also hurt from where the man barreled into her.
SuRie said: ‘There wasn’t any time to feel fear. 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.”‘
In fact the indomitable SuRie, 29, said that the incident spurred her on to finish the performance with her head held high.
‘You can see that in my eyes, for the last part of the song, you can see that determination to finish the song,’ she said.
‘The lyrics took on a new meaning, “Hold your head up, don’t give up!” The crowd, the surge from them, that’s my lasting memory of this.’
She said she was ‘really proud of that performance’ and chose not to take to the stage again as she she did not want ‘sympathy votes’ from the public.
Perhaps a few sympathy votes wouldn’t have gone amiss, though, as the singer came 24th out of 26 entries.
Eurovision’s operator said it was investigating the incident and the stage invader was being questioned by police in Lisbon, Portugal, where the event was held.
Author: Anna Thomson