When Loki’s music composer threw eggs at Simon Cowell on live TV
As pointed out in the first two episodes of the short story Loki A television series on Disney+, Loki is the Norse god of mischief. But it turns out there’s a lot of mischief behind the scenes, too. Take the composer of Loki’s music, Natalie Holt. In 2013, during the England has an incredible talent live final, watched by over 13 million people in the UK alone, it was Natalie Holt who appeared on stage and started throwing eggs at the producer/judge Simon Cowellhitting him repeatedly, before she was dragged off stage by security.
Member of the Welsh Singing Brothers backing band richard and adam johnsonwho came in third that night, Loki music composer Holt subsequently wrote in The Guardian “I have no desire to be famous and I am not an attention seeker. My actions were intended as non-violent egg-based protest because that 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 was hoping he would come across as a British panto style jape, which might also generate a more serious debate. I have received many messages of support from well-known musicians with whom I have worked in the past, who have contacted me privately, but do not want to publicly express their support. Everyone’s afraid to stand up to people like Cowell. I don’t hate him personally; I’m just like, ‘It’s not like what he stands for. Reality TV shows are not the way to discover the next Beatles, or to train talented musicians and artists. The people who seem to benefit the most from talent shows are the judges.”
Natalie Holt was also a candidate for England has an incredible talent a year before with his then band Raven Quartet who had played alongside Madness during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, but was very critical of the whole experience. It was also reported that Natalie was angry that the orchestra was asked to mime the performance while a throwback played. Something she mentioned in passing in The Guardian. “Since I had been asked to act on stage, it was not difficult for me to put down my violin and remove the organic eggs from my pantyhose, and shoot Cowell directly; he was smiling when I threw the eggs and he seemed to be taking it in the right spirit. People and PR people made it known, however, that my actions could have more serious consequences for me, so I want to thank Cowell for not pressing charges” noting that “The consequences of my prank have already turned out to be more serious than I had anticipated. I have already had my work canceled. I also know that some journalists are eager to label me an unbalanced and hysterical woman. I do not I’m not. I did this. I did it out of meaningful consideration; I did it because I care, not because I don’t.” Doesn’t it look like a Loki last line for you?
However, everything seemed to be working out for the best. Natalie Holt would go on to compose music for Paddington, the honorable wife, Victoria, three daughters, Wallander, Journey’s End, Beecham House, Knightfall, press, and more, won an Ivor Novello Award in 2015 and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2017. And now the composer for Loki. Don’t expect Simon Cowell to visit the set in a linen suit anytime soon.