On Saturday's "Britain's Got Talent" finale, the yolk was on Simon Cowell on when he got egged by an angry protester during the live show. Egg pelter Natalie Holt told The Sun: "I took a stand against people miming on television and against Simon and his dreadful influence on the music industry." (Apparently she had a personal vendetta as well, considering Simon passed on her string quartet Raven on last year's edition of the show.)
Cowell may have had to dodge eggs of the highest quality ("They were organic... from M&S," Holt said), but he isn't the first to have to do so. Here are some other celebs have endured a dose of rotten eggs.
In 2011, Lady Gaga angered fans in Australia when she appeared on stage in a wheelchair while dressed up as her mermaid alter ego Yuyi. At the pop superstar's Sydney concert, livid concertgoers pummeled the stage with eggs, and while the mini white torpedoes missed mama Monster, some members of her entourage were hit. After the incident, quadriplegic advocacy group founder Jesse Billauer (Life Rolls On) told Radar Online: "I invite [Lady Gaga] to learn more about the 5.6 million Americans who live with paralysis. They, like me, unfortunately, don't use a wheelchair for shock value."
It was also scrambled eggs in Sydney for teen idol Justin Bieber. According to X17 Online, in 2011 the baby-faced "Baby" singer was targeted with six eggs from rowdy audience members, although video of the bombing showed that four of the eggs appeared to have been dropped from the stage. Two of the eggs barely missed Bieber, but the singer continued the show without missing a beat.
Sharon Osbourne defended the egg pelting at the Ozzfest tour in 2005. That's when heavy metal band Iron Maiden's Devore, California, performance was interrupted by a series of flying eggs, bottle caps, and ice. But Osbourne told MTV that the band's front man Bruce Dickinson got what was coming to him after he repeatedly dissed the tour -- and her family: "Ozzfest is our tour," she said in a statement. "It's shameful that Dickinson felt he had the right to air his issues publicly onstage every night as a way to boost his own ego… Frankly, Dickinson got what he deserved. We had to listen to his bullsh-- for five straight weeks. He only had to suffer a couple of eggs on the head."
Metal Underground excerpted Osbourne's interview with Kerrang! in which she reportedly said, "It's not hard for someone to walk into a diehard Ozzfest crowd and say, 'Who wants to throw an egg at a rock star?' Who wouldn't wanna do that? I went out and bought 50 eggs and me and my daughter had a f---ing blast. C'mon, it's rock 'n' roll. No one died."
For Pink, it was breakfast to go, courtesy of Sydney residents who threw a dozen eggs at her Australian beach house in 2012. The pop star tweeted, "We got a lovely welcome to the neighborhood last night with a dozen eggs thrown at our door! But we also got an Anzac slice so it's all good."
In 2009, Paris Hilton's house party ended on an eggy note. The low-key gathering ended with a slew of pricey cars getting egged -- including hers. While some reports accused the reality star's friends of the vandalism, Hilton told E! Online, "This is ridiculous. We had nothing to do with this. My blue Bentley was egged and I even filed a victim's report."
And in 2010, reality star Kate Gosselin told Access Hollywood that she and her eight have been the victims of vandalism that has included everything from tire slashing to egg tossing. "The tire slashing was probably the third, at least, incident of vandalism we had in a short period of time," she said. "Our mailbox was smashed twice, our house was egged."
As for his own egg beating, after the "Britain's Got Talent" finale, Simon Cowell tweeted, "I don't think eggs should be allowed on talent shows. Discuss?"
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