XFactor's Honey G shaken by stage invasion
Published 26/11/2016 | 20:51
X Factor contestant Honey G was visibly shaken when a member of the audience ran on stage during her judges' feedback tonight.
The controversial act had been performing MC Hammer's U Can't Touch This and was waiting to hear what the show's mentors thought of her efforts when the stage invasion happened during Louis Walsh's comments.
Rapper Honey G looked startled by the man, who tried to touch her as he rushed the stage, but head judge Simon Cowell was quick to jump to his feet and check that she was alright as the man was escorted from the stage.
Cowell said: "I thought that was part of the act for a moment. That's what you create, people go crazy for you. You've got a second song to come, don't let that throw you."
Her mentor Sharon Osbourne said: "Your fans want to touch you, even more so when they're not allowed to."
Honey G looked upset by the incident and appeared to be struggling to concentrate on the judges' comments about her performance.
Host Dermot O'Leary said: "Obviously we had a stage invasion, three punks thought they could come on and take on Honey G, but could they?"
She replied: "I don't think so."
The programme last experienced a stage invasion in 2009 when DJ Calvin Harris stormed the stage with a pineapple on his head while Irish twins John and Edward, better known as Jedward, were performing.
X Factor denied suggestions the stage invasion was a stunt and said five people had been ejected from the studio.
A spokeswoman said: " There was a stage invasion by four men, with one further person in support. All five had been in the audience.
"They were spoken to by police and security and have now been removed from the studio."
The ITV show is not expected to take any further action.