UK's SuRie finishes third from bottom at Eurovision Song Contest 2018 after stage invasion

While few people expected the UK to win the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, hopes were high for a top-half finish with a strong song.

But SuRie finished third from bottom in 24th place out of a possible 26 with 48 points after an eventful night in Lisbon, Portugal.

The singer’s performance of ‘Storm’ was interrupted by an unknown stage invader who grabbed her microphone mid-song.

SuRie powered on through, and although she was given the opportunity to repeat her performance, she declined.

“SuRie was offered the option to perform again by the EBU,” her people confirmed to the BBC.

“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.”

A similar thing actually happened following a stage invasion during Spain’s performance in 2010, and they too declined the chance of a second performance.

Soon after the incident, the EBU confirmed that the perpetrator had been apprehended.

“The EBU regrets a stage invasion took place during the UK performance at the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in Lison this evening,” they said in a statement.

“The person responsible is currently in police custody.”

Some fans hoped that tackling the incident so capably would help win some points for the UK, but they couldn’t have any impact on the judges’ vote, which is based on an earlier dress rehearsal performance.

At the half-way point based on those votes, the UK was in third-bottom with just 23 points.

And that position didn’t change once the public votes were tallied, with the additional 25 points still only good enough for third-bottom.

The eventual winner of the competition was Israel’s Netta, who topped the leaderboard with 529 points.

The runner up was Cyprus with 436 points, and Austria came third with 342 points.

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