Musician Natalie Holt reveals the reasons for her memorable protest on the 'Britain's Got Talent' final
The musician who pelted Simon Cowell with eggs during the Britain’s Got Talent live final earlier this month (June) has revealed the reasons for her protest.
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, who was sitting behind the judging desk with fellow panellists Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon. She was quickly grabbed by security staff.
“As a jobbing musician, I get asked to appear on TV programmes regularly. I got asked to perform on the Britain’s Got Talent final to mime that night, and I took the gig to make the protest, basically,” she explains in this week’s NME. “I want people to wean themselves away from this Saturday night trashy hype and start appreciating a band for their creativity. Even Arctic Monkeys had a time where they honed their skills and performed in a garage. They were creative and had time to reach their peak. They didn’t just have one-year-long careers before someone else came along.”
Continuing, Holt complains: “It’s just so pervasive. I think that genuine talent is being lost because kids are seeing these shows and thinking that you need to go on TV to succeed.”
She also reveals the inspirations for her already legendary TV protest. “I see my protest as being in the spirit of Jarvis at the Brits or John Lennon‘s bed-in. It wasn’t a really serious protest, which is why I didn’t look angry about it. I just want people to question what happens to the contestants once the show’s over.”
Holt adds: “I have a picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono protesting in their bed, and I look at that as an inspiration – someone who used their position to try and change things a bit and the way people think.”
Holt admits the protest will have an effect on her career as a working musician, but insists she has no regrets. “I haven’t been paid for appearing on the show and I will never be employed on any Cowell-based production again. I’ve lost work as a result, but that’s OK. I’ve been asked to do all kinds of other stuff since.”