Simon Cowell had egg on his face, literally, when a former contestant hurled raw eggs at him during Saturday’s live “Britain’s Got Talent” finale.
Third-place finalists Richard and Adam Johnson were performing an opera rendition of “The Impossible Dream” on the finale, when the seemingly impossible happened: A woman suddenly ran to the front of the stage and, grinning from ear to ear, pelted Simon with five eggs before she was thwarted by security.
Simon didn’t seem too shell-shocked by the attack, wiping yolk off his shirt and removing his jacket for the rest of the episode. His fellow judge Amanda Holden, however, was furious, calling the perpetrator a “stupid cow.”
The egg-tosser was later identified as Natalie Holt, a viola player who had auditioned for “BGT” last year as part of an act called the Raven Quartet, but was rejected. Natalie was a member of the backing band for the singing Johnson brothers’ finale performance on Saturday. According to her website, she’s actually a BAFTA-nominated composer who performed at the Olympics’ closing ceremony in London last summer.
In a statement released by the show, Natalie issued an apology, although the apology didn’t seem directed at Simon per se. “I want to apologize to Richard and Adam for overshadowing their performance,” she said. “I’ve never done anything like this before and in hindsight I have realized it was a silly thing to do.” No criminal charges will be filed against Natalie.
At first, it was unclear if Natalie was trying to exact revenge for her earlier “BGT” rejection, and/or if she was motivated by a random tweet Simon made this past Friday, “I hate eggs.” (After the incident, Simon tweeted again: “I really don’t like eggs.”) Her Raven Quartet bandmates posted on Twitter: “Just to clarify…The other 3 of us were working elsewhere today and found out when you did…We were surprised as all of you.”
However, according to Mail Online, the Ravens may be a bitter bunch. The British news site reports that Natalie’s bandmate, Rachael Lander, wrote a (since-deleted) blog post last year about the group’s “BGT” experience that wasn’t exactly positive.
“Honestly, if you think watching those talent shows is gut-wrenching, you should try being a contestant in one,” Rachael reportedly blogged. “We had to acknowledge the grim truth, which was that Raven needed a bigger profile to get any kind of deal, we could get a load more gigs if we played to 15 million viewers, even if those viewers were of the opinion that a dog with a hula hoop constituted entertainment gold….we had made ourselves publicity whores, we’d made our bed, we had to play.”
Natalie later explained to the U.K.’s Telegraph website: “I basically took a stand against people miming on television and against Simon and his dreadful influence on the music industry.”
Amusingly, Simon’s former “BGT” co-judge Piers Morgan tweeted during Saturday’s “BGT” broadcast: “My vote goes to the egg-thrower.” The actual winner, however, was a shadow-dance troupe called Attraction.