‘Loki’ Composer Natalie Holt Pelted ‘AGT’ Judge Simon Cowell in the Head With Eggs


As America’s Got Talent season 16 continues its audition process, a shocking Britain’s Got Talent clip from 2013 is recirculating on social media.

The video in question captures the surprising moment during the 2013 Britain’s Got Talent finale when violinist Natalie Holt interrupted opera duo Richard and Adam Johnson to throw eggs at Simon Cowell‘s head. The bizarre encounter led to a security guard dragging Natalie off stage while Richard and Adam continued singing. BGT hosts Ant & Dec later told the audience that Natalie’s stunt was not part of the opera-singing act and vowed to get to the bottom of the incident.

So, why is the video making the rounds again right now? TikTok influencer @EricAtTheDisco recently posted a tweet from @UptoTask featuring the egg-slinging clip and an interesting factoid about the now-iconic BGT moment. Apparently, Natalie is now the music composer for the popular Marvel show Loki, which is streaming now on Disney+.

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As Natalie expressed in a 2013 opinion piece in The Guardian, the musician was motivated to throw eggs at Simon as a “little act of protest.” In the piece, she apologized for interrupting Richard and Adam, saying she didn’t mean to “overshadow their moment.” Still, she stood by her actions toward Simon.

I have no desire to be famous and I’m not an attention seeker. My actions were intended as a non-violent, egg-based protest because I think Cowell has too much power and influence in the entertainment industry. I also just wanted to make him look a bit silly. I hoped it would come across as a British panto-style jape, which might also generate some more serious debate.

I have received many messages of support from well-known musicians who I’ve worked with in the past, who’ve contacted me privately, but who are unwilling to express their support publicly. Everyone is scared of standing up to people like Cowell. I don’t dislike him personally; I just don’t like what he represents.

Natalie went on to say that she doesn’t believe reality TV shows are “the way to discover the next Beatles” and thinks the people who benefit most from these shows are the judges, not the talent.

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“Like many other young musicians, I studied at educational institutions which I believe truly nurture talent rather than exploit it,” she went on in the piece. “However, the industry into which they emerge these days is too dominated by reality talent formats such as Britain’s Got Talent, and real long-term opportunities for talent are stifled. So I felt that, on behalf of musicians everywhere, this is an institution and a man that needed standing up to.”

In the end, Simon did not press charges against Natalie. A BGT rep did tell The Hollywood Reporter, however, that the police were called “as a result of the misguided actions.” Despite Natalie claiming to have lost work over the prank in 2013, she has since gone on to compose music for several TV series apart from Loki, including Deadwater Fell, Knightfall and Beecham House.

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