Pop Star Calvin Harris Pulls a Kanye on X Factor

Wearing a pineapple on his head (!), Scottish pop star Calvin Harris invaded the X Factor stage Saturday night during John and Edward‘s performance of Queen‘s “Under Pressure.” Calvin probably intended the moment to be a cross between Kanye West‘s ambush of Taylor Swift and Jarvis Cocker‘s booty-shaking during Michael Jackson‘s BRIT Awards performance back in 1996, but his surprise X Factor appearance is literally a blip on the screen at 2:22 in this clip. Tsk tsk. Ain’t it a shame when you go through all that trouble to make a fool of yourself, and the cameramen don’t even bother to get the shot?

Harris explained his behavior today, and The Daily Record has the quote:

Speaking on The Chris Moyles Show this morning, Harris said: “I was just inspired to make a mockery of the show. Because it is a music competition, it is a joke and I think it should be treated as such, so when people were saying ‘John and Edward, maybe they deserve to stay in this week’, I was like ‘are you watching what I’m watching?’

“It’s terrible, it’s terrible… For the greater good of the nation I wanted to go out there and make an idiot of myself and sort of just bring the whole show into another kind of area in which it’s treated as kind of a joke.”

An insider implies that Harris has been banned for life from Simon Cowell‘s biggest UK “talent” show: “Calvin will not be appearing on X Factor ever again.”

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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