Simon Cowell was pelted with eggs on live TV last night by a rejected former
Britain's Got Talent contestant in amazing scenes that overshadowed the final.
Viola player Natalie Holt was playing in the orchestra behind opera singing contestants Richard and Adam Johnson when she burst onto the stage.
Then as Cowell and 13 million viewers watched she began hurling six eggs she had hidden in her case.
Security officers bundled her off. But by the end of the final, won by Hungarian dance troupe Attraction, it was the only thing being talked about. The attack forced Cowell, 53, to change his shirt during ad breaks.
He then grimaced: "You know I said I didn't like eggs on Twitter and now I really don't like eggs."
It emerged last night that Natalie auditioned for BGT in 2012 with string quartet Raven, who performed with Madness at the Olympics closing cer-emony. They posted an angry internet blog in April 2012 saying: "So Raven went on BGT. It was hellish."
The group were invited on by BGT producers and got through the first round but were axed before the live shows. In the expletive- laden blog, penned by Natalie's fellow group member Rachael Lander, they fumed they were "kicked out unceremoniously before the semi- finals".
Last night Natalie, 30, said: "I want to apologise to Richard and Adam. I've never done anything like this before and in hindsight I have realised it was a silly thing to do."
A BGT spokesman said: "Natalie Holt was part of the backing group. But we have decided to take no further action." Cowell added he did not want to press charges. Singers Richard and Adam said: "It's disappointing someone tried to sabotage our performance but we're proud we made it to the end of our song."
Alesha Dixon said: "I'm so sorry that happened to you boys, I'm really angry." David Walliams tweeted: "Well she has had her 15 seconds of fame...!" And Amanda Holden, who suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction when her breast fell out of her dress during the live final, tweeted: "Eggsellent show tnte!" Cheeky comic Jack Carroll, 14, who was next on stage after Richard and Adam, quipped: "For my first joke I was going to run on stage and throw eggs but now that's ruined."
Simon replied: "Jack, only you can turn that thing with the eggs into something very funny."
Attraction won the nation's hearts with their incredible Best Of British performance, recreating iconic British images with their silhouettes - such as a cigar-smoking Winston Churchill and the Queen's coronation.
Jack came second and Richard and Adam were placed third.
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