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Watch man invade British Eurovision contest performance ranting about ‘Nazis of UK media’

The man grabbed the microphone from the 29-year-old singer and screamed ‘Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom’ before he was wrestled from the stage

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 May, 2018, 5:44am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 May, 2018, 5:45am

A stage invader has stormed the stage in the middle of UK singer SuRie’s Eurovision performance in Lisbon.

The man grabbed the microphone from the 29-year-old singer on Saturday night and screamed “Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom” before he was wrestled from the stage.

SuRie, real name Susanna Marie Cork, clapped in time to the backing track while the camera cut to British fans in the Altice Arena in Lisbon.

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Once her microphone was back in her hand she sang the lyrics, “Don’t give up,” to huge cheers from the crowd.

The show’s UK presenter, Graham Norton, told viewers: “We are still reeling, there was a stage invasion.”

There was an outpouring of support for the singer on social media.

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.”

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Former Eurovision contestant Cheryl Baker tweeted “love your heart” to SuRie and added: “Where was the security? He could have had a weapon!”

Eurovision producers offered the singer a chance to perform again at the end of the show, but she declined.