Simon Cowell pelted with eggs during Britain's Got Talent final
Contestant Natalie Holt threw eggs at talent-show boss in live final "to make a stand"
Natalie Holt, a member of singing brothers Richard and Adam Johnson's backing band, rushed to the front of the stage during their performance and threw eggs at Cowell, sitting behind the judging desk with fellow panellists Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon. She was quickly grabbed by security staff.
Holt reportedly took part in the 2012 competition but failed to make it past the bootcamp stage. Producers on the show called the police after the incident because of the "misguided actions", but said Holt will face no further action. Cowell, meanwhile, was seen at the side of the stage afterward smoking a cigarette to calm his nerves.
She later released a statement saying: "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," although two hours later she told the Telegraph: "I basically took a stand against people miming on television and against Simon and his dreadful influence on the music industry."
Judge Amanda Holden, meanwhile, said: "The only person with egg on their face is that stupid cow." The show was eventually won by Hungarian shadow dance troupe Attraction, and was watched by a peak audience of 13.1 million. 14-year-old comic Jack Carroll finished second, while Richard and Adam came third despite Holt's interruption.
Watch Cowell get egged below.