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June 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The unpredictable hazards of live television were brought home to the producers of Britain’s Got Talent Saturday night when a member of the musicians group backing up a pair of finalists stepped forward and began pelting the judges with eggs. The woman, Natalie Holt, a viola player, later told The Sun newspaper that she did so to protest against the show’s policy of obliging musicians to pretend to be playing on camera and also against producer/judge Simon Cowell’s growing clout in the business. “I took a stand against people miming on television and against Simon and his dreadful influence on the music industry,” Holt told the newspaper. Earlier she apologized to the two finalists, operatic singers Richard and Adam Johnson, “for overshadowing their performance” and admitted, “it was a silly thing to do.” The pair came in third in the final voting, behind a Hungarian group of shadow dancers called Attraction, who, as part of their performance, created a silhouette portrait of Winston Churchill with their bodies. Coming in second was 14-year-old comedian Jack Carroll, a cerebral palsy victim who uses his condition as part of his act. In an interview with The Sun, Zoltan Scuzs, leader of the Hungarian dance group, expressed disappointment that the egg-throwing incident received more prominent attention in the press than Attraction’s big win. “It was not good. We picked up the papers and there was a big article about this girl throwing eggs and just one line on Attraction,” he said. “What she did was stupid and we are not happy about it.” Their performance — and the egg throwing — was watched by an average 11.1 million viewers in a country that is 20 percent the size of the U.S. That translated to 57 percent of all British TV viewers Saturday night, making it the most-watched show of the year, the figure was off only slightly from the 11.9 million viewers who watched last year’s Britain’s Got Talent season finale.