The composer explains her actions

The violist who pelted Simon Cowell with eggs during the Britain’s Got Talent live final on Saturday night made her protest because she was angry that backing musicians don’t play live.

Natalie Holt, 30, attacked the music mogul in the middle of opera brothers Richard and Adam‘s performance, walking to the front of the stage.

‘I took a stand against people miming on TV and against Simon Cowell and his dreadful influence on the music industry,’ says Natalie.

BAFTA-nominated composer Natalie is part of a group named Raven Quartet, who’ve played for Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace and on George Michael‘s Symphonica tour.

The group – whose other members insist they knew nothing about her plan – auditioned for BGT last year but branded the experience ‘hellish’ online after failing to make it past boot camp.

Some Twitter users have called Natalie ‘bitter’ but her mum Patricia insists this isn’t the case.

Natalie has complained before about the show being fake and that people mime when performing,’ Patricia tells the Daily Mirror.

‘She had been taken aback by the reaction she got. It surprised and bemused us. Natalie is not vindictive, she’s actually a very caring adult.’

A BGT spokesman told the Daily Mail that miming is ‘standard practice for backing musicians during TV performances as it isn’t possible to easily capture the quality of the sound in a live broadcast environment.

‘All contestants on BGT sing live.’

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Anna Duff