Storms don’t last forever, and thankfully neither do attempted stage invasions.

During tonight’s grand final, a stage invader burst on from stage left during the UK’s performance and attempted to snatch the mic from singer SuRie — real name Susana Marie Cork.

As he approached the singer three members of the Eurovision crew could be seen in the fog chasing after him.

Sebastian Diaz, a wiwiblogger inside the Arena, watched with horror as the incident unfolded. In a Facebook message sent to wiwibloggs moments after the invasion he said:

“A man jumped on the left bridge through the railing. The golden circle crowd was in awe and looking at each other in confusion. We knew this was no backup dancer.”

“SuRie was without doubt in shock, but [stage director] Henrick grabbed the stage invader and tussled with him.”

“SuRie defiantly grabbed the mic from the front of the stage and soldiered on. The atmosphere changed from panic to sheer support. We all instantly new the song took on a whole new meaning.”

The official BBC Eurovision Twitter released this statement moments afterwards: “Just to confirm, SuRie is OK. More news when we get it.”

The Hertfordshire singer was thought to be crying as she was taken off stage.

But she’ll no doubt dry those tears, as it’s widely expected that she’ll have another opportunity to perform (just as the Spanish contestant Daniel Diges did in 2010 when an invader stormed his performance).

The resilience SuRie showed during her performance has already endeared her to millions, as did her effortless return to the choreography. Following the tussle with the stranger, she returned to her fist pumping and nailed the choreography.

In the ten minutes that followed the incident, her odds to win fell from 150/1 to 50/1. Within 20 minutes she had shortened to 10/1. The bookies, like many of us in the press room, think the public will have immense sympathy for what went down.

Several performances later, the BBC confirmed that SuRie had been given the opportunity to perform again, but  declined.

“SuRie and her team are extremely proud of her performance and have together decided that there is absolutely no reason to perform the song again.”

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119 Comments on "UK: SuRie overcomes stage invader…but declines chance to perform again during Eurovision grand final"

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Paul
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At least, she woke up…

johan
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See my remark below, which I wrote to M_K

johan
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Hello Surie. In this second message of mine, I want to see you smile again, by some funny remarks (I hope). I’m a Dutch man, but these days I felt a little bit British. That’s a nice feeling because you invented tennis, soccur/football, snooker and ……… James Bond. He always said: I’m shaken, not stirred. Oeps I think I make a little mistake now… To comfort you I want to give you a little hug of 1 second. If you want to last it for 2 seconds, that’s okay with me because it doesn’t costs any money. And, did I… Read more »
M_K
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You do know that it’s a picture and not actually SuRie who’s looking at you at the beginning of this article, right?

johan
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I’ve tried to find her personal e-mail address, but I couldn’t find it……. Besides everyone in the world can read the messages on this wesite, so Surie too ….. I even have written a message to her on the facebook site of the eurovision song contest and in that message I refered to this message of me on this site. Or have you a better idea to let her read this message?

slope
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Very helpful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks for sharing!

Vikings
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Surie should thank that guy, otherwise she would have been bottom 5

M_K
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She DID finish in the bottom five.

GazilionPT
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“Keep Calm And Carry On”

Joe
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Well, at least I was right that there’d be a surprise when she actually performed…

SuRie was an absolute champ, and deserved every point she got. I’m sad she couldn’t make it past the bottom five, but she was excellent start to finish and the UK should be very proud of her (and that stage invader should be beyond ashamed of himself).

TheDrMistery
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He should be in jail with Jimmy Jump and bare ass from last year and ESC organization should be tighter. One day artist will be hurt by someone and then they’ll only have themselves to blame.

Alon I srael
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pitty she didn’t sing again… a lovable singer and not a bad song.. should have been placed much higher… at least, my country gave it 8 points.

Herr Frau
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SuRie should represent the UK next year, with one of her own produced songs, not some bland, generic song every one hated! She was so professional with her performance (despite the poxy idiot invading the stage).

Africavision
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I completely agree with many others here. SuRie was absolutely amazing. Even before the stage invader arrived, I thought her performance was flawless, and her song has always been amongst my top 10 favorites. But what followed just took things to a whole different level. Many, including myself, would have froze or broke down after that incident, but she remained resilient and the emotional performance she delivered thereafter was a testament to her strength and bravery, and it really highlighted the theme of her song. I truly hope she is alright now, after that traumatic experience. She is so talented… Read more »
Trocatroc
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I want SuRie to represent us next year.

Matt
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One of the worst songs of this year, but definietly big applause for her fighting still!

Vale
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While i don’t really like the song, my biggest respect goes to SuRie for her resilience! She’s a truly amazing artist!

Mark
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It was a disgrace against a nation

Curve
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If SuRie could evaluate Portugal’s way of running the grand final, she will grade it as poor in an instant.

johan
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Hello Surie, To me you had the best song. I’ve voted for your song 7 times. You are a very brave woman. Go on the way you wanted it to do. Don’t take notice anymore to that fool who attacked you.

123
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Balkanika stated that they brought the guy in a hallway and started beating the sh*t out of him INFRONT OF THEM…another awful and unprofessional move by security and organisers…

Curve
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What’s the source? I wanna verify if it’s true because this is just chaotic and a bit funny.

123
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BisQEWPnRvJ/

there is no translation though

Curve
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Thanks man

Leila
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so many attacks going on in the world and an idiot decides to make panic and ruin someones elses work jusy to say his thing. So selfish and disrepectful. Same on you, whoever you are. SuRie CLASS act, she slayed, so proud of her

Charli Cheer Up
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Class act. I’m proud to have had a professional like SuRie representing the UK regardless of her final results.

Laburnum
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SuRie was incredible to power through like that, it’s a moment like this as tragic as it is that shows how good she is as a performer. I think we should send her again next year and with a killer song, fantastic spirit she has

Vzzzzz
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What does he said?

cake
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SuRie refused to sing again. Great. That was a slap on the face for the host. Now ESC 2018 doesn’t have a second video of SuRie to post online as official video. Good for you SuRie that you let them with the first and only performance.

123
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the host slapped his own face by not having adequate security

A Netherlandian
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They just use jury show footage for that. BBC posted the original anyway though

ted
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1.5 million hits on the bbc youtube page of the live final performance
400k on the esc youtube page of the jury performance.

Geo
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They have! Surie’s performance from the juries show on Friday night is now the official UK performance from the final. Good for her, though! Class lady!

John
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She should thank them for not being last.

ted
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Hold your head up SuRie. That determination on your face… you slayed it girl! Did you hear that reaction from the audience in the arena!
I spent the next 15 minutes rewinding the performance on iplayer immediately after your performance, so I missed 3 songs.
In other news, the voting was so entertaining. Edge of your seat stuff all night!

Useless
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Those damn Portugese can’t even get their security together. Just as bad as Ukraine. They are completely useless!

drag kvinna
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hi brexiteer!

Ern
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As awful of an experience as this was for her, it did look pretty impressive the way she kept going.

I’d have voted for her if I were in Europe.

Truth teller
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I presume the EBU is in charge of security? Or RTP? I say shame on the EBU. Not uploading the actual performance on their YouTube channel and pretending as nothing at all had happened. I am disgusted albeit not surprised at all. On the other hand, I have tremendous respect for SuRie. Wow. Just wow. The song still sucks though and got what it deserved. But omg, that reaction shows true greatness. I wonder how other would have reacted and wonder why her/the UK? Further investigation is needed.

Lady Gaga
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Something really needs to be done with security in events like this. Imagine if it was far worse than a mic grab? I felt the few following acts where a bit unnerved as well in their performances. The odd thing is no one in the show (like the hosts) acknowledged something just happened, and just continued on as usual. At least they cut to commercial break after the performance for a bit to figure what had happened & regroup. Imagine if there was a second incident which proved more fatal? It just felt a bit cold how it was handled

ochi chernye
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They actually stopped and Filomena interviewed Melovin in the backstage. That was not planned, as Serbia should have continued without a break. I just am so sorry for SuRie because she looked very scared and violated.

ochi chernye
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i voted twice for UK!so sad for her, loved her performance today.

drag kvinna
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she confronted the masturbator

janet kench
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I’m sorry but it was not the demonstrator, televote or the crowd who stepped in to sing the song whilst SuRie was getting a new mice who ruined the night for the UK but it was the judges. She had one of the best performances yesterday for the jury but the marks they gave were totally unfair. i SAID IT LAST YEAR AND SAY IT AGAIN – BAN THE JUDGES. They cost us too much to fly them over there, feed and house them, give the money to charity and let the public decide. Professionals my foot. Well done SuRie… Read more »
lol
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Do they really travel there? I thought they watch a private live-stream in their countries.

Kirby
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I don’t think so. Aren’t their votes cast earlier, during the shows or rehearsals before each semifinal?

Heini
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Juries are in their own country!

Yodenman
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The song was still very poor so no matter how good she performed it, it was never going to bother the leader board. To say that her odds wnt to 10 to 1 is farcical….it never stood a chance. The judges scores were not much different from the televote, so they didnt really hurt us that much.

Charli Cheer Up
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I understand what you mean but you’re a bit off with your judgement because last year Lucie was placed 10th in the jury votes. If it wasn’t for them, UK would place bottom and not just 15th place(she got only 12 points from televotes). Let’s just face it, Storm was an underwhelming song and the staging idea wasn’t as innovative as Never Give Up on You.

Liam Lindsay
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#SuRieforJeruselem

Worst Eurovision
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Portugal is so bad as a host – bad hosts, horrible joke, ugly stage, nasty winner / Sobral. Now, they are as bad as Ukraine last year – bad security. UK should sue Portugal. Worst Eurovision ever.

drag kvinna
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Daniela Rua was imported from Hollywood so she is sizzlingly epic

Euphoric
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I agree with almost everything…
One of the worst since 1998 when I started to watch.
Portugal did not use an opportunity.
Well. Hopefully Israel will.

jhh
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ahaha lets just all laugh you haters. Lets wait and see, then next year you will be begin to be hosted by portugal again.

Paul
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Actually, best host in many years…Lisbon was amazing. can’t wait to come back.

Take that Sobral
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Suck that Sobral! Take it you arrogant cvnt! Must be painful for him to handover that trophy to Netta.

Well well
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Best goodie of the night together with Sweden’s low televote. SVT presenters were shook beyond belief!

drag kvinna
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Neta wants her Granpop back!

Jo.
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THE RESULTS ARE BANANAS LMAAAAAOOO

Flynn
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I know I lost it at Sweden crashing with televoters

Katerina
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I think the incident will help her. She did handle it beautifully. She was graceful yet powerful. Congrats Surie.

Roxy
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She was originally at the bottom of my list but that was impressive! It also worked well with the song’s message. I wouldn’t be surprised if she does very well with the public. I wonder how it will reflect on scoreboard given that the jury has already voted yesterday.

janet kench
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the televote did her proud it was the judges who let her down

Yodenman
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Not really in agreement with you there….we didnt pick up that many from the televote either, considerind how some people may have given her some sympathy votes.

James
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The odds fell or went up for SuRie?? Go learn some math …

AAS
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When the odds fall they mean they are getting better

TACV
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AAS that doesn’t make any sense … You mean if someone has less odds they have more odds at the same time eheh that doesn’t sound logic to me.

smeg
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She slayed!!!!

Efi
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Who cares?? Only Fuego guys!!!!
#Fuego Vote 25 !!!!
Nicosia 2019

Efi's Mother
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Wanted to vote for Cyprus but voted for Israel just to troll you xoxo

Euphoric
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Hahaha. That’s the spirit 😉

Milo
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Rude!!

Efi
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I am incredibly selfish and out of place posting this here. I am coming over as a real idiot. I am sorry I did not show any sympathy for poor SuRie who must have had a real bad experience, but I am only worried about that vulgar song from Cyprus

Adam
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And they said security in Kyiv last year was bad! I smell a Eurovision crime for this year’s video…

Lollo
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I agree this is a Eurovision crime. What’s wrong with the security?

Avi
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It’s a LITERAL eurovision crime this time. And for the hosts to completely ignore it while Serbia and Germany both looked nervous to be up there, not knowing if it was safe, is unacceptable

Gobio
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Gal Gadot shared a post about Netta on Instagram! OMG

drag kvinna
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she’s wonderwoman from the song’s lyrics

Roy Moreno
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Is it that hard to prevent people from going on stage?
2nd year in a row now…
Feel so bad for SuRie and hope it doesn’t affect her so much <3

orla rice
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nice comments from the BBC about ireland’s staging and performance- contrary to wiwibloggers and wiwibloggs views
Oh Ryan, what a lovely song you’ve given us.

The track, Together, is beautiful in its own right, but using the dancers to tell a story of first romance – followed by suspicion and heartbreak adds another layer. The fact that those two dancers are male sends a message of inclusivity, which has long been part of Eurovision culture and history.

Efi
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ok ireland was not good. sorry
Fuego Vote 25 !!!!!!!!
Nicosia 2019

Euphoric
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After I saw tonight’s broadcast… and only because of tonight Italy totally is my favourite!!
Wow.

Good luck!

Michelle
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She was incredible!!

Mateo
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I find it very distasteful to link what happened to Surie tonight with betting odds. Im sorry William but that is not very respectful to the artist and the event. I hope you never have to live through what happened to Susanna Marie tonight. If you ever have to you will regret this nasty post.

NN77
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They are on bottom in betting odds, and invader go to stage when they perform song, and after that betting odds go so high from bottom. And after that Uk decide not to perform again. From with country is invaider maybe from UK.

Aljogr
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No, it’s a spanish guy called Jimmy Jump.

Jenny
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How was Jimmy Jump even allowed in the arena after what happened in 2010?!

EscAU
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So glad she was ok, I was definitely worried she could be in danger. Best of luck Uk <3

Jo.
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Poor SuRie ;/

Btw, she’s 5th at the bookies now…the odds are completely unreliable this year.

Henric
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It’s rigged. Totally

Luke A
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Feel so sorry for SuRie she was doing so amazing but she carried on even though she was shaken and was upset, she’s a true professional and I’m proud she’s representing my country no matter where she ends up she’s a winner in my eyes

Möhrant
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It broke my heart when that guy took the mic off her. My country’s commentators were fuming, but applauded SuRie’s professionalism and perseverance.

Sara
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Very stupid decision… Why not sing again..omg

John Walsh
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Why sing again she did great job
Sympathy vote coming

Jason
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I don’t blame her she was amazing, no reason to, mind you would you want to after what had happened. She was shook up I bet.