SuRie reacts to her Eurovision stage invader: "I don't want sympathy votes"

Philip Schofield questions "why do we bother?" entering Eurovision, which SuRie is more than happy to answer.

The UK's 2018 Eurovision entrant SuRie has conducted her first UK TV interview about her performance last weekend, which included a stage invasion.

Speaking with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning today (May 14), SuRie, real name Susannah Marie Ireland, explained that she had suffered injuries after she was shoved and her mic was taken from her hands.

"Well, there’s a couple of bruises, scuffs, you know. But I’m okay", she explained, before pointing out that her shoulder and hands were bruised from the scuffle.

Philip went on to ask the singer-songwriter about her feelings in that shocking moment: "There wasn’t any time to feel fear. Security were on him as quick as he was on me. I saw the mic on the floor and I went, ‘Well, that’s mine, I’ll finish, I’ll finish this song’.

"The crowd... the surge from them, that's my lasting memory of this."

SuRie, whose track Storm finished 24th out of 26 participating songs, was not discouraged by her position on the leaderboard.

"You don't get to do the 100m sprint at the Olympics again because your shoelace was untied. You had that one shot and that was my moment. I saw the reactions of my team who were very proud of the recovery and the power of that. I [didn't] want sympathy votes. 

"It's such an amazing thing to be a part of. My leaderboard for the night for me is the Twitter feed and the Instagram feed with the love and support of so many people, especially the UK crowd who have rallied behind me."

Netta of Isreal took home the trophy on Saturday with her song Toy, which scored 529 points.