Eurovision 2018: United Kingdom’s stage invader released on bail

by Jessica Weaver 1,485 views

The man who invaded the Eurovision 2018 stage during the United Kingdom’s final performance has been released on bail, awaiting charges.

During Saturday night’s Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, the United Kingdom’s performance was invaded by a stage intruder, grabbing the microphone from the British representative mid-performance to get across his political message regarding British media.

Security intervened during the British performance, eventually managing to lead the stage invader off of the stage in order to allow the British singer – SuRie – to complete her performance.

SuRie carried on with her performance during the Eurovision 2018 final

Since the invasion onstage, the man in question was held in custody by police in Lisbon.

Bail awaiting charges

Earlier today, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) released a statement regarding the latest developments:

The stage invader was questioned by police immediately following the incident, and then held in custody until Monday May 14 when he was seen in court in Lisbon.

He has now been released on bail, with charges pending the result of an ongoing police inquiry.

The EBU, RTP and Portuguese Authorities take security very seriously and an investigation into what happened is ongoing.

The day following the Grand Final, the EBU confirmed that the man gained access to the Eurovision stage via the camera run, where he went on to teach the main stage via the bridge.

The investigation both by police and the EBU continue.

ESCToday is growing and always looks for new members to join our team! Feel free to drop us a line if you're interested! Use the Contact Us page or send us an email at vacancies@esctoday.com!