UK singer SuRie has spoken out for the first time about the stage invasion which disrupted her grand final performance of “Storm” on Saturday. Speaking on UK chat show This Morning, SuRie told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield about the experience and why she refused the opportunity to perform again.
SuRie explained that she had no warning of what was coming. The first she was aware of the stage invader was when he was standing right by her, grabbing her.
Schofield asked SuRie if she felt fear at that moment, especially coming after recent terror attacks at music concerts. The “Storm” singer explained she had no time to feel fear. “He was suddenly there, security were suddenly 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 … I turned back and I saw the mic on the floor and I went ‘Well, that’s mine and I’ll finish this song.'”
SuRie was also left with a few minor injuries. She explained that she had bruises on both her hands and her shoulder where the stage invader had grabbed her and pulled her mic away. But she clarified, “I’m ok, I’m ok”.
While the situation was shocking for her, it sparked an “internal fire” that kept SuRie going. “You can see that in my eyes,” she said with a smile. “The lyrics took on a new meaning – ‘hold your head up, don’t give up.”
SuRie was also rewarded with support from the crowd, who were firmly on her side. “The surge from them: that’s my lasting memory of this.”
And while Team SuRie had the option of performing the song again, she explained why they decided not to. “We had that conversation, but I was really proud of that performance … That was my moment and we didn’t need to repeat that.
But despite the drama of Saturday night, SuRie’s support for Eurovision remains strong. “The point of the Eurovision Song Contest is, it began a few years after World War II, when everyone’s reeling from grief and sadness and fear and they bring nations together to sing their way out of it. That’s the point of the Eurovision Song Contest.”
While SuRie joins Electro Velvet and Joe & Jake by giving the UK a 24th-place finish, she explained that she has her own measure of success: “My leaderboard for the night is the Twitter feed, the Instagram feed I’ve had with the love and support from so many people.”