SuRie was in the middle of performing her track, ‘Storm’, on Friday night (12 May), when a man ran on stage, grabbing her microphone and shouting a message referring to the “Nazis of the UK media”.
He appeared to shout: “For the Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom.”
However, he was unable to complete his protest as he was then removed from the stage by security.
SuRie confusedly looked on as the scene played out, while the audience continued to sing the lyrics of her song along with the backing track. She then got her microphone back and made it to the end of her song.
Up until that point, SuRie’s performance had been among the strongest of the night, with the audience clapping and singing along with ‘Storm’.
Her perseverance and strength got a strong reaction from Eurovision viewers, who praised the singer for the way she handled the situation.
The way SuRie handled that will go down in the history books for one of the most iconic moments at Eurovision, very few people could do what she did after that. I would be afraid for my life after that— Brent 🇨🇾🇮🇱🇪🇪 (@eurovisionisbae) May 12, 2018
SuRie's raw power and strength during the end of her song is why I watch this contest. One person and a mic can inspire the world. She's certainly inspired me to be stronger no matter what! What a legend! #Eurovision— Benjam VOTE #13 🇫🇷 (@swedishfanboyy) May 12, 2018
SuRie looked so shaken omg, but she handled it brilliantly with some gorgeous vocals at the end #Eurovision— Arianna 🇬🇷🇮🇱🇫🇷🇮🇹🇪🇸🇷🇸🇧🇬🇧🇪🇸🇪🇨🇾 (@Arianna483) May 12, 2018
That was really scary. SuRie handled it like a total star #Eurovision— Ryan Love (@RyanJL) May 12, 2018
Commentator Graham Norton also heaped praise on the way SuRie handled herself, noting: “SuRie coped incredibly well, I can’t stress enough what a brilliant job she did. She must have been terrified in that moment.”
Because of time constraints at Eurovision, it’s not known whether SuRie will be given a second chance to perform her song before voting is opened to the public.
More to follow.