Lesson learned from the Adele stage-crasher: The Grammys are easy to sneak into
He didn't paint the phrase "Soy Bomb" on his abdomen, he didn't tackle anyone and he didn't utter the words "Imma let you finish," so if you failed to notice someone crashing the stage during Adele's Grammy win, maybe you -- like the rest of North America -- were just too dazzled by the excitement (or presenter J.Lo's leg) to care.
But there was, indeed, a stage crasher. He's there on tape -- the dude with the glasses that Jennifer Lopez shoos offstage before Adele reaches the mic. (Listen closely and you can hear him mumble the words: "I love you, Adele. You're my inspiration.")
Ah, J.Lo: No wonder Adele called her a "good luck charm" in her acceptance speech.
But who is this guy, and why does he look so much like former MTV VJ Dan Levy?
Half of that mystery remains unsolved, but the Hollywood Reporter tracked down the stage crasher once the Grammys had wrapped.
His name is Vitalii Sediuk. He's a 24-year-old Ukranian TV personality. And though he tells THR "I'm not a crazy guy," he's cultivated a reputation for acting like one.
(His past accomplishments include attempting mouth-on-mouth contact with Will Smith at the Men in Black 3 premiere. He also gave Madonna hydrangeas this one time. As you may recall, Madonna absolutely "loathes" hydrangeas.)
But if there's anything to be learned from Sediukâs (barely a) Grammy-moment, it's that awards shows are totes easy to scam your way into.
As Sediuk told THR, he decided to sneak into the Grammys when his TV station was denied access to the event. The plan: he says he just walked in with a group of friends (who happened to have tickets), followed a "girl in a green dress through the [Staples Center gates" (that girl being Katy Perry) and found a seat in the second row.
Adam Levine's seat.
"The idea to go on the stage came up at the last second," Sediuk told THR. "To be honest, Adele is my favourite singer. So when I heard her name, I came up with this idea to go up on the stage and say what I said. ... I pretended this was an award for me, and then I said, 'Thank you, Adele. You're my inspiration.'"
Sediuk faces a charge of trespassing and is expected to appear in court next month, THR reports.
He would have had better luck just asking for a hug.