An Australian presenter blasted the protester who stormed the Eurovision stage during the UK’s performance as an “absolute c***head” live on TV.
The man, reported to be political activist Dr ACactivism, ran onto the stage during SuRie’s song Storm and snatched the microphone from her hands.
Praising her resilience, Australian presenter Joel Creasey who was commentating on the show live from Down Under branded the invader “an absolute c***head”.
He said: “Some absolute c***head got onto the stage, but what a professional! She slayed that and the crowd are behind her.
Fans took to social media to praise the host with author JK Rowling saying: “Apparently the Australian commentator called @surieofficial’s stage invader ‘some absolute c***head’ and I don’t want to hear another word about Australia being in #Eurovision ever again.”
She later added: “Order of Merlin, First Class x”
Daniel Feleppa wrote: “Joel Creasey has just become the number 1 Aussie in the UK.”
Elliot Lovejoy added: “@joelcreasey calling a stage invader “an absolute c***head” is hands down the greatest Eurovision moment of all time. Thank you for making Australia proud good sir.
UK host Graham Norton was clearly shocked by the unfolding events, saying: “Well I don’t know what will happen now, whether we will get another performance or not.”
Norton added: “We are still reeling, there was a stage invasion.”
The man responsible for the invasion was being held in police custody, the official Eurovision account announced.
According to reports, he is a man called Dr ACactivism, who also stormed the stage and interrupted Dermot O’Leary at the National Television Awards this year and The Voice in 2017.
They added that the EBU network “regrets” the incident.
Israel’s entry Netta triumphed with her performance of TOY in Lisbon.
SuRie finished with 48 points, enough to keep her off the bottom spot. Finland finished on 46 and hosts Portugal on 39.