As was widely reported on Saturday, “Britain’s Got Talent” wrapped up its seventh season with one shell of a finale.
Attraction, a shadow-theater troupe from Hungary, took home the top prize of Simon Cowell’s popular competition program, but it was Cowell and his fellow judges who were hit with the evening’s biggest surprise.
During a performance by the opera duo Richard and Adam Johnson, a scene-stealing former contestant took the stage and hurled eggs at the sharp-tongued Cowell -- along with his fellow judges Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.
The disruptive incident lasted only a few seconds before the attacker was dragged off stage. Representatives for the program later identified her as Natalie Holt, a 30-year-old violinist. In a statement, “Britain’s Got Talent” said police were called at the time but that no further action would be taken “at this stage.”
In her own statement, Holt apologized for overshadowing the brothers’ performance and admitted “it was a silly thing to do.” But she later told the Telegraph that the act was a protest against Cowell’s “dreadful influence” on the music industry.
But other Twitter users disagreed, with many castigating the musician as a childish attention hound. Some said Holt has ruined her chances at a music career, while other suggested that she should serve jail time.
Holt and her band, Raven Quartet, appeared on “Britain’s Got Talent” last year. Her bandmates, however, appear to be distancing themselves from the egg-throwing protest. In a tweet sent from the band’s Twitter account, they stressed that they were not involved.
“Just to clarify ... The other 3 of us were working elsewhere today and found out when you did,” the band tweeted.
A clip of the egg-throwing fiasco was posted on YouTube. Check it out below.