In 2010, Jimmy Jump climbed stage during the Spanish performance. This evening, United Kingdom’s participant, SuRie was grabbed during her performance. It’s a tragedy for the Eurovision Song Contest, but the singer received a lot of support from fans and press.
Last year, a stage jumper managed to get on stage during Jamala’s interval act. It brought memories back to 2010 where the “famous” Jimmy Jump passed security and climbed the stage during the Spanish performance.
This evening, it was SuRie from the United Kingdom he suffered an attack as a man jumped the stage and grabbed her during the live performance of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Tonight’s stage jumper has such a clear resemblance to Jimmy Jump that it seems almost certain that it is him again.
How it happened
We are being told from people in the arena, sitting on the balcony, that the stage jumper jumped on to the catwalk where there apparently were no security. From the catwalk, he could get unhindered on to the stage.
It ís also being told that security were slow in getting on stage like the thought it was a part of the act. That again sounds familiar to 2010.
On the positive side, we can report that the guy is in police custody.
SuRie handled the situation like a professional and got lots of support in the arena as well as in the press centre. After the show, she wrote the following on her Facebook page: “Well, I’ve always said anything can happen at Eurovision … “
No to singing again
Bookmakers seem to believe the disturbance in her performance mostly benefited her. According to Eurovision World, she went from a 22nd place to now being the 6th most likely act to win the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
SuRie was offered the option to perform again, but is proud of her performance and sees no reason to perform again.
Folks, this is the latest on the SuRie situation. “SuRie was offered the option to perform again by the EBU. SuRie and her team are extremely proud of her performance and have together decided that there is absolutely no reason to perform the song again.”
— BBC Eurovision🇬🇧 (@bbceurovision) May 12, 2018
Higher security level on UK here in Lisbon
During these two weeks in Lisbon for the Eurovision Song Contest, a group of countries have higher security level on them due to terror threats. This is in particular countries currently involved in international actions around the world.
The United Kingdom is one of the countries with a higher security level – but this didn’t stop the stage jumper to attack her on stage.