Simon Cowell egged during 'Britain's Got Talent' finale
Simon Cowell has made a career out of being the man that audiences love to hate. Sometimes that means he receives boos and jeers where he goes... and sometimes that means people hurl eggs at him on live television.
The seventh season of 'Britain's Got Talent' concluded last night with a live broadcast special. Attraction, a Hungarian shadow-dance troup, were crowned the winners of this season of competition--but last night, Attraction wasn't the main attraction. Third place winners Richard and Adam Johnson, Welsh brothers and singers, performed together on the show. During the Johnson's performance, a woman ran amidst them on stage, pelting Cowell and the other judges with eggs. The strangest part is, she had a big smile on her face while doing it, almost fooling onlookers into believing the egg-attack was part of the Johnson's act.
Check out video of the run-in egging below (the pelting begins around the 1:49 mark):
Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams were also under fire for the egg volley, but after the assailant was dragged off stage and identified, she confirmed that Cowell was her primary target. The hurler was Natalie Holt, a member of the Johnsons’ backing group. She issued an apology to Cowell and the producers of the program, however she did not show much in the way of contrition when she was interviewed by The Telegraph after the proceedings:
"I basically took a stand against people miming on television and against Simon and his dreadful influence on the music industry," said Holt regarding her motives behind the egging.
ITV have decided not to pursue criminal charges against Holt at this time.
Getting people to talk about a show (Buzz) will make people want to watch next time it's on. It will not be seen as boring or something to watch at a later time. So the egg stunt will do good for the show as everyone want to see Cowell egged. Hence the rating boost.
The woman was released without charge. Under UK law she assaulted someone and could be fined heavily or even do some jail time. But no, they just let her go. So yes it was a publicity stunt.
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Message Posted On Jun 9th, 2013, 7:37 pm
I don't understand how doing a stunt like that on live TV (with out letting anyone know) would boost ratings! the people that watched it seen it and the people that didn't see it but heard of it latter watched it on sites like this or YouTube, niether of which do anything for ratings....
Message Posted On Jun 9th, 2013, 4:54 pm
I never liked him never will. And I think it was to boost ratings as well. I would put nothing past that snake in the grass.