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Simon Cowell egged as a 'protest'

2013-06-10 14:58
Simon Cowell
London - Britain's Got Talent egg thrower Natalie Holt says her stunt was a protest against Simon Cowell's "dreadful" influence on the music industry.

The viola player stunned Cowell and his fellow judges - Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams - when she broke out of the orchestra supporting opera singers Richard and Adam Johnson and pelted the music mogul with five eggs during the final on Saturday night.

Natalie - who was kicked off the show last year with string quartet Raven and also appeared on BBC One's Maestro - has now revealed she was making a protest against Cowell for harming British music by making performers and musicians mime.


The performer - who has been a backing musician several times on BGT this year - said: "I took a stand against people miming on TV and against Simon Cowell and his dreadful influence on the music industry."

However, the 30-year-old musician has shown some remorse for her actions, which were witnessed by millions on live TV, and has apologised to Richard and Adam for interrupting their performance.

Natalie - who also bizarrely revealed the eggs were "organic" - added in a statement: "I want to apologise to Richard and Adam for overshadowing their performance. I've never done anything like this before and in hindsight I have realised it was a silly thing to do."

Police were called after the incident, which left Cowell splattered with eggs and without a jacket for the rest of the show, but after quizzing Natalie have decided to take no further action.

'She's shocked at the moment'

Natalie - who also studied at the National Film and Television School and composes for movies and TV - is now hiding out at the flat of her rock musician boyfriend Chris Waitt, 39, who insists she has made her point and now wants to be left alone.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "She's shocked at the moment, she's been fielding a lot of calls. She objects to those kind of shows and to Simon Cowell and what he represents to the music industry. She's certainly not after personal publicity, she just wanted to make a point. Anyone who feels sorry for Simon Cowell needs their head examined."

Natalie is yet to have her viola - which belonged to her grandmother and has much sentimental value - returned to her by the show.

Meanwhile, her Raven bandmates have been quick to distance themselves from Natalie's egging.

They wrote on Twitter: "We were as surprised as all of you. Just to clarify the other three of us were working elsewhere. We found out when you did."


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