Tuesday 16 January 2018

The Egg Factor: Simon Cowell comes under fire during final of BGT

Josie Ensor

It had promised to be an exciting night, but Simon Cowell could not have imagined he would become the spectacle.

Britain's Got Talent suffered a security lapse tonight after a woman managed to make her way onto the stage and pelt the music mogul with a carton of eggs.

Opera singers Richard and Adam Johnson were approaching the climax of their performance of To Dream The Impossible Dream when the smartly dressed woman walked out from behind the chorus line and launched her attack.

The BGT team confirmed that the woman who threw the egg was Natalie Holt, 30, a member of the Welsh singers' backing group who was said to have been turned down for last year's series.

Natalie Holt being led away after throwing the eggs
Natalie Holt being led away after throwing the eggs
The judges react after Holt threw the eggs

In a statement issued by a BGT spokesman she said: "I want to apologise to Richard and Adam for overshadowing their performance.

"I've never done anything like this before and in hindsight I have realised it was a silly thing to do."

 The spokesman said that police were called because of her "misguided actions" but that no further action would be taken against her.

 Security were quick to react, escorting her off the stage but only after she had successfully hit Cowell on his jacket. 

Cowell reacted calmly, joking to the audience he thought the woman was throwing sandwiches and it was part of the performance.

An unimpressed Cowell said: "I sent a tweet out saying I don't like eggs and I really don't like eggs now."

Following the Welsh brothers' performance, Ant and Dec said: "We'd just like to point out that was not part of the performance. Well done for carrying on."

Fellow judge Alesha DIxon apologised to the group for having their performance interupted, while Amanda Holden was less polite, calling the woman a "stupid cow".


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