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Susan Boyle amazes Aberdeen

Susan Boyle proved to fans at the AECC in Aberdeen that she was a singing phenomenon, as she performed in the Britain’s Got Talent live tour.

The singer earned a standing ovation as she belted out the hits Memory and I Dreamed a Dream.

The air was filled with anticipation as the audience waited to see if Susan – nicknamed SuBo – would appear.

Doubts had surrounded Susan Boyle’s appearance in Aberdeen after she missed a number of dates of the Britain’s Got Talent tour to rest.

But Susan, from Blackburn, thrilled thousands of fans by showing off the voice that shot her to global stardom.

Susan Boyle wasn’t the only star of the show as the 10 finalists from the Britain’s Got Talent put on a spectacular show.

Winning dance troupe Diversity got the crowd clapping with their energetic and impressive routines.

Twelve-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi also stunned fans as he sang love songs including the Michael Jackson hit Who’s Loving You.

And the audience were speechless as saxophonist Julian Smith played the tune All By Myself.

Other Britain’s Got Talent acts included 10-year-old Hollie Steel who confidently showed off her vocal range.

An act which sent the audience into fits of laughter was comedy duo Stavros Flatley.

The pair got the crowd on their feet as they ran across the stage in red jackets and blond wigs, while pulling comical faces.

And later the father-and-son duo made a hilarious appearance as they joined dance troupe Flawless in an upbeat number.

The girls in the audience went crazy for Shaun Smith, who sang the classic U2 hit With or Without You.

Screams filled the arena as the 17-year-old wooed his female fans in a tight unbuttoned white shirt and jeans.

Grandfather and granddaughter duo 2 Grand entertained younger members of the audience as they performed a hit from the children’s film Aladdin.

Dancer 11-year-old Aidan Davis also excited the crowd with his tight and effortless moves.

And the dance turns kept coming as the crowd enjoyed a special guest appearance by last year’s winner George Sampson.

Presenter of the Britain’s Got More Talent show Stephen Mulhern entertained with gags and surprises as he hosted the live show.

And the night was complete with an appearance by DJ Talent.

Susan Boyle LIVE. I Dreamed A Dream. Aberdeen, 23 June 2009

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Britains Got Talent final vote breakdown revealed

Britain’s Got Talent bosses have published a full breakdown of the public vote from this year’s live final.

The figures released show that Diversity polled 24.9% of the final vote – nearly seven times as much as competing dancers Flawless.

In the first semi-final Diversity trailed eventual runner-up Susan Boyle, winning 36.2% compared to her 52.1%.

Panellist Piers Morgan has suggested that Diversity were “lucky” to have won the contest and could have been beaten by Flawless had the latter group not performed first.

The full public vote for the live final was as follows:

  • Diversity – 24.9%
  • Susan Boyle – 20.2%
  • Julian Smith – 16.4%
  • Stavros Flatley – 16.3%
  • Aidan Davis – 6.5%
  • Hollie Steel – 3.9%
  • Shaheen Jafargholi – 3.8%
  • Flawless – 3.6%
  • Shaun Smith – 3.4%
  • 2 Grand – 1%

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Paul Potts not competing with Susan Boyle

Paul Potts has insisted that he does not regard Susan Boyle as a rival following her recent success.

Boyle has secured a strong international fanbase since making her debut on Britain’s Got Talent in April, mirroring Potts’s own experience on the ITV1 programme’s first series in 2007.

The Scottish singer is expected to soon join Potts on Simon Cowell’s record label, however the show’s original winner does not believe that they are in competition.

Speaking to Seven magazine, he explained: “We sing different styles of music. And one’s a male voice and one’s a female voice, and that makes a difference.”

Potts also revealed that he has become more ambitious since making his TV debut two years ago.

He commented: “It’s good to get a day off occasionally. But when you’re in the market, you think: ‘What could I be doing with today to become even more successful?’ You think: ‘Just get me some work. Get me a performance on a channel’. You don’t get too many opportunities and you have to grab each one, because I have to be a success if I’m going to continue to do this.”

Potts released his second album Passione earlier this month.

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Susan Boyle won’t manage entire Britain’s Got Talent live tour

Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent

Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent

Susan Boyle will reportedly only take part in a number of shows on the Britain’s Got Talent live tour.

The 48-year-old, who was admitted into the Priory clinic suffering from exhaustion after losing out to Diversity in the ITV1 show final, is said to be conserving her energy to record an album.

Boyle is currently in London where rehearsals for the 23-date live show are taking place, however organisers are yet to confirm whether she will perform on the opening night in Birmingham on Friday.

“Everything depends on Susan and how she feels. We have made it clear that we are in her hands and we just want to make sure that she is fit and well,” a source told The Sun.

“At the moment it looks like Susan will join the rest of the BGT finalists on stage on some of the dates, but she won’t do the entire tour. The details are still being worked out.

“Susan is most excited about starting work on her album and we have a responsibility to make sure she is cared for and is happy and well.”

Boyle’s brother Gerry recently dismissed speculation that the talent show star had a learning difficulty.

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Mariah Carey Feels Sorry For Su-Bo

Susan Boyle can add pop superstar Mariah Carey to her list of famous friends after the diva (Mariah, not Su-Bo) insisted she’s not surprised the Scottish singing sensation is freaked out by her sudden rise to stardom.

Boyle became an international star overnight when she showed off her singing skills on U.K. TV show Britain’s Got Talent, but the instant interest became too much for the spinster to handle – she checked into a mental health clinic after her final appearance on the show.

Carey, who herself suffered a physical and emotional breakdown in 2001, is far from surprised. She says, “I feel bad for her… We build people up so quickly now that of course it’s going to freak some people out. It’s difficult. It’s got to be tough.”

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Susan Boyle is a feisty, funny lady with a huge talent.

Now she wants to make her album… and pursue her dream

The first time I ever saw Susan Boyle was on a cold, drab evening in Glasgow.

I remember it well because I’d been forced to endure a particularly long, tedious day of Britain’s Got Talent auditions at the SECC Theatre.

We’d had the usual Scottish plethora of dreadful bagpipers (I know there are some very good ones, we just never seem to see any when we go up there), appalling kilt-wearing wailers and shockingly bad Highland dancers.

Magnificent: Susan Boyle performed a triumphant new version of I Dreamed a Dream at the final but it was not quite enough to win the public vote for the top prize

Magnificent: Susan Boyle performed a triumphant new version of I Dreamed a Dream at the final but it was not quite enough to win the public vote for the top prize


‘God, this is horrific,’ moaned Simon Cowell during a break.

‘Something will turn up,’ replied Amanda Holden, ‘it always does.’

An hour later, a little middle-aged lady strode purposefully on stage and introduced herself as ‘Susan Boyle from Blackburn in West Lothian.’

When Simon asked her age, she smiled, said ‘I’m 47,’ and then did one of her now famous wiggles, chuckling: ‘And that’s just one side of me!’

Simon and I rolled our eyes at each other dismissively, and he sighed: ‘OK, so what’s the dream?’

Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell

Stunned: The judges agreed that Susan’s first performance on the show was ‘the biggest surprise ever’

‘My dream is to be a professional singer,’ she replied, firmly.

Cue much hilarity in the theatre.

‘And why hasn’t it worked out before?’ probed Cowell.

‘I just haven’t been given the chance before, so here’s hoping it will change.’

More eye-rolling.

‘And who would you like to be as successful as?’

‘Elaine Paige.’

Again, loud guffaws around the theatre, but again, no hesitation.

Susan, that day, was brimming with self-confidence and absolute certainty as to why she was there, and what the gameplan was.

‘What are you going to sing?’

‘I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.’

I burst out laughing. ‘OK, that’s a big song.’ Which could be safely translated as: ‘This is going to be way too big a song for you, my little dearie.’

The rest, of course, is now the stuff of legend.

Susan burst into a stunning rendition of the famous West End anthem, and made us judges and the sceptical audience distinctly uncomfortable in the process.

Susan Boyle

On the mend: Susan plays up to the cameras while out clothes shopping with her doctor in Radlett, Hertfordshire

We’d committed the oldest sin in the talent- show book  – judging a book by its cover.

At the end of the performance, with the crowd roaring their approval, Susan did a small theatrical bow and blew us all a kiss.

Then, when Simon, Amanda and I all said ‘Yes’, she danced around the stage, punching her arms in the air, absolutely jubilant about what had happened.

I watched that audition clip back on YouTube this week, and felt the very same goosebumps I had that day in Glasgow.

It was, truthfully, one of the most surprising things I’ve ever witnessed – for all the sexist, ageist, fashionist reasons that everyone else was surprised, too.

It was also one of the most inspiring.

In that short 90-second performance, Susan Boyle offered up a wonderful one-woman antidote to all the cynicism that had engulfed the world during this devastating recession.

She wasn’t a greedy banker, or a corrupt politician.

She wasn’t in this for fame or fortune, either.

Susan has no interest in being another D-list celebrity, or racking up piles of cash.

She’s 47, and has spent her entire life dreaming of one thing – being a professional singer.

A real one, like Elaine Paige.

This single fact leaped out at me while watching the playback more than anything else.

Because, for the past seven days, there has been a veritable torrent of criticism of Britain’s Got Talent, and the show’s supposed ‘cruel manipulation’ of this allegedly poor, defenceless, vulnerable woman, and of younger contestants, too.

I won’t even get into the argument about whether kids should be on the show or not, because I find it so inherently silly.

Suffice to say that the vast majority of children on Britain’s Got Talent exude a self-evident stage confidence and natural ability that shames their adult competitors, and to further point out that kids have been known to occasionally cry when they lose at tiddly-winks, let alone a major talent contest.

The headline-writers and columnists were quick to condemn: She should never have been allowed to audition!

It was obvious she’s mentally ill!

Nobody with learning difficulties should ever go on a TV show!

And so on.

To which I say: What a load of absolute poppycock!

The Susan Boyle who auditioned that day in Glasgow was a feisty, funny, joyful woman who was quite clearly loving every second of being on the show.

After a lifetime devoted to helping care for her mum until she died, and working tirelessly for her local church, Susan was finally doing something for herself, and was thrilled to get such a positive reaction.

And that’s exactly how she stayed for the first six weeks after her audition was screened on ITV in April.

Now, I’ll be honest here: none of us had any idea how famous Susan was going to be.

We thought her audition was terrific, don’t get me wrong.

But we didn’t even think she was going to be the stand-out act of that first edited audition show.

We were all convinced that the street dance act Flawless would dominate the Press coverage, and be favourites to win the competition.

Britain's Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle

Great expectations: The ‘gobsmacking’ first performance by Susan which kick-started her meteoric rise to global phenomenon

I even wrote their name on a piece of paper as my prediction for who I thought would win when we chose the Top 40 – as did Simon.

But when I watched that first audition show go out live on ITV, and began getting an immediate big reaction from friends and family, I texted Simon in Los Angeles and said: ‘I’d forgotten how brilliant Susan Boyle was.’

Within 24 hours, her clip started to shoot virally around the world.

I began getting emails and texts from America, Australia, Italy and Russia  – all of them from people I knew, saying they had been reduced to tears watching it.

After three days, Susan had become a global internet sensation.

And she dealt with it with consummate ease.

I watched her appearing on huge American TV programmes such as Larry King Live and the Oprah Winfrey Show, and she was just the same Susan I remember from Glasgow.

She laughed, she sang, she pulled faces, she danced a bit, she had fun.

She didn’t take herself too seriously.

And she never once showed any sign of discomfort at all the attention.

For week after week, the Susan Boyle phenomenon grew bigger and bigger.

It was one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever seen.

To watch someone go from complete anonymity to international superstardom so fast was just astonishing. But slightly scary, too.

I remember Simon saying after three weeks or so: ‘This is all getting out of control, we need to calm it down.’

Simon Cowell

Concerned: Even Simon Cowell, who is known for his tough image and brutal putdowns of contestants, was worried about the impact on Susan

He was concerned then about Susan’s bubble bursting as fast it blew up, that people might get bored with her before the live finals.

And he was also concerned about the effect of all the attention on Susan herself.

On his advice, Susan curtailed the number of interviews she was doing, and focused on rehearsing for her next performance on the show.

But the mania continued unabated, and her legend grew by the day: 100million hits on Youtube, 150million, 200million.

Demi Moore even started backing her on Twitter.

It was insane.

Susan Boyle was downloaded more times in a month than Barack Obama, Britney Spears and David Beckham put together.

She’s had, to date, more internet hits than Mandela, Churchill, JFK and Hitler combined.

One afternoon, Amanda joined Ant and Dec in my London flat to do a series of interviews for American television.

We were all united in our shock at the Susan phenomenon.

‘I can’t believe this,’ said Amanda.

‘It’s ridiculous,’ agreed Ant.

‘Unbelievable,’ whistled Dec.

I laughed. ‘Just think, you three have been trying to crack America for 30 years between you, and she’s done it in four weeks.’

The next time I saw Susan was on the day of her semi-final two weeks ago.

I came out of my dressing room at the Fountain Studios in Wembley to find her sitting outside, waiting to do her dress rehearsal.

Susan grinned broadly when she saw me. ‘How you feeling?’ I asked.

‘OK, OK,’ she said.



She was shaking a bit, but then so were all the contestants.

For amateurs to perform live on a show getting up to 20million viewers is nerve-racking.

The difference with Susan was that until then she had exuded remarkable confidence.

Now, suddenly, I could tell that the pressure was finally beginning to get to her.

She had been the red-hot favourite to win for seven weeks now, which is a lifetime in reality television.

And I think it had slowly dawned on her that virtually the whole world was going to be watching her sing that night, and there was little chance of her ever being able to live up to the magic of that initial audition tape, however well she sang.

Live shows can be brutal, unforgiving things.

Susan Boyle

Nerves: Susan displayed the initial signs of stage fright at the semi-final but but persevered after missing the first note

They’re also the greatest test of potential future stars.

I’ve seen many talented auditionees shine and fall at this stage of the contest.

It’s what makes it so dramatic, exciting, unpredictable and emotional.

When Susan walked out on stage, she looked like a frightened rabbit, and my heart went out to her.

I, too, felt incredibly tense, knowing the size of the likely global audience watching our every move that night, and I was just a judge.

God only knows how Susan, the most famous woman on the planet, was feeling.

Then she began to sing, and missed her very first note. I froze.

Oh God, were we about to see her self-implode on stage?

No, we were not. Susan simply grabbed her diaphragm, took a deep breath and burst into the next few notes with incredible power.

It was a defining moment for me.

The moment when I realised that Susan could hack live performing.

Her rendition of Memory, ironically, was perhaps not quite as memorable as I Dreamed A Dream, but it was good enough to prove that she was not a one-hit wonder, a flash-in-the-pan.

Susan Boyle on the final of Britain's Got Talent

Cracking up: Susan manages a final wiggle despite losing to Diversity

When she heard she’d won the public vote, she danced wildly again on stage, pure delight radiating from her face.

‘This is for you, Piersy baby!’ she shrieked, amusingly, offering me a very special wiggle. (She’d admitted a few times by now that she had a bit of a crush on me.)

A few minutes later, I was walking back to my dressing room when she spied me, ran down the steps, jumped into my arms and planted a big smacker on my lips.

‘I’ve been kissed now, haven’t I, Piersy baby!’ she laughed.

‘You certainly have,’ I laughed. ‘You were brilliant out there.’

‘Thank you. I enjoyed it.’

And I could see she had. She was ecstatic.

But that was the last time I saw her that way.

From the following day, some of the media and public attitude towards Susan turned negative.

She was scorned for her ‘eccentric’ behaviour on stage, her apparent ‘lack of humility’ and the fact she missed a few notes in her performance.

There were reports of her having blazing rows with ‘strangers’ (who turned out to be journalists) in hotel bars, and of shouting at the TV screen when she saw me praising Shaheen Jafargholi on the second semi-final (she furiously denied this to me).

The headlines over the next few days were strident: ‘BOYLING POINT’, ‘SUSAN’S CRACKING UP!’

And they had a huge impact on her.

Until this point, Susan had basked entirely in the positive glow of fame.

Now, suddenly, the mood had changed, and she didn’t know how to deal with it.

I’m not going to be a rank hypocrite and lambast the media for this mini-backlash.

I was a tabloid editor for 11 years and would have almost certainly pursued the Susan Boyle story with just the same enthusiasm and aggression as my former colleagues were doing now.

I understand, and broadly agree with, the argument that she had voluntarily entered the competition, had courted the world’s media, and therefore had no right to complain.

All that is true.

But she was still entitled to feel upset and angry about it.

She’d already had to put up with being dubbed ‘Hairy Angel’ and ‘SuBo’ as if she was some Japanese wrestler, mocked relentlessly for her looks and fashion sense and ridiculed for never being kissed.

Now she was being written off as a not-very-good singer, too, by some of the very same people who had until very recently lauded her to the hilltops.

Celebrities joined in the Boyle-baiting.

Lily Allen sneered that she was ‘overrated’, and Craig Revel Horwood (the least known judge on Strictly Come Dancing) said he wanted to ‘smash the TV screen’ when he watched her in the semi-final.

And with every gratuitous insult, so Susan’s self-confidence diminished.

By Wednesday, she was in a bit of state.

So much so that I made a public plea for everyone to ‘back off’ after she threatened to leave the show altogether.

I spoke to her at length on the phone, and she said she’d been horrified by the turning of the tide in the Press coverage.

‘Why are they doing this to me? You used to be an editor, tell me?’

‘Because you’re the hottest story in the world,’ I said. ‘And I’m afraid this goes with the territory.’

She sounded close to tears.

‘I was sick last night, and I can’t sleep,’ she said.

‘I wish they’d just leave me alone.’

‘That’s not going to happen, Susan, and it shouldn’t happen.

‘You entered this show to be a professional singer, and everyone who does that has to accept that the media will be interested in their story if they do well.

‘There’s only one way to shut them all up, and that’s to absolutely nail it in the final.

‘Kill them with your talent.’

There was a pause.

‘I’d better show them all then!’

‘That’s the spirit, Susan.

‘My advice is don’t read the papers, don’t watch TV, just stay calm, keep away from all the mayhem if you can, and concentrate on getting that final performance right.’

‘I’ll try, but it’s not easy. It’s everywhere, I can’t get away from it.’

‘It is, but there are only a few days left.

‘Just focus on your final performance, because in the end that is all that matters now.’

She laughed. ‘I’ve been practising a lot.’

‘Good!’ I said.

At this stage, let me explain what goes on behind the scenes on Britain’s Got Talent.

The contestants are not just left to their own devices.

There is a huge support staff of people to advise them, and they are incredibly experienced in this kind of show.

The team on BGT also do X Factor, so they have had years of dealing with the highs and lows of being a contestant.

From my first-hand experience, this team are remarkably kind, patient and sympathetic.

They all know how nerve-racking it is, how difficult to suddenly find yourself thrust into the public eye, however much you want to be thrusted in the first place.

Simon, despite his tough-guy reputation, wants the show to be essentially uplifting and positive, not some kind of unforgiving Roman amphitheatre.

‘We want people to have a good time, both as contestants and as viewers,’ he told me.

‘Britain’s Got Talent works best when it’s a warm celebration of British talent and eccentricity, not when it resembles a bearpit.’

That doesn’t mean we can’t all have a good laugh at the daft, deluded acts, or mock the occasional complete idiots who grace our stage.

But it does mean that everyone working on the show knows there are limits, and that they take those limits very seriously.

Background checks, for instance, are done on every act that appears.

Everyone knew Susan was an exceptional case, the most talked-about contestant in the history of talent shows.

And she was repeatedly asked if she felt OK about continuing in the show.

‘Yes,’ she always replied. ‘I wouldn’t have entered otherwise.’

To try to make things easier for her, various close friends and family were flown down from Scotland to offer support and this definitely helped.

On the day of the final, I had another conversation with Susan on the phone.

‘You OK?’

‘Not really,’ she said. ‘I’ve not had a good night’s sleep all week, I haven’t been eating much, and I’m really stressed out.’

‘You’ve got your chance to show everyone what you can do tonight.

‘This is it, Susan. This is your moment to have the last laugh.’

She laughed. ‘I don’t feel much like laughing. There’s so much pressure, I don’t want to let anyone down.’

‘You won’t. You have inspired millions of people around the world with your singing, and you mustn’t let a few silly headlines ruin it for you.

‘You’ve enjoyed the show haven’t you?’

‘Oh yes, of course. I’ve been living my dream.’

I believed her, but was still worried for her.

‘You going to be OK tonight?’

She didn’t hesitate.


Two hours later, I found her waiting in the corridor to rehearse.

She was sitting next to the grandfather from fellow BGT hopefuls, 2 Grand.

Both seemed quite awed by the occasion, which was no surprise given the enormity of the ratings.

‘Look after each other,’ I said, and they smiled.

Then I gave Susan a quick hug. ‘Go out there and do what you do best tonight.’

‘I will,’ she said.

Later that night, Susan walked on to the stage and unleashed a magnificent new version of I Dreamed A Dream.

I was staggered by how confidently she sang.

After the extraordinary rollercoaster she’d been through, I genuinely feared it might all end in tears at the final hurdle, that she might crack under the maelstrom of attention and expectation.

Susan Boyle with Diversity

Face of disappointment: Susan appeared to take defeat to Diversity well on the night of the final but checked into the Priory the next day

But she didn’t. She nailed it.

To my shock and dismay, though, there were a few boos in the audience when I suggested in my critique that she should win the show.

I realised then that she probably wouldn’t win, that the bubble had indeed burst right at the last minute, that the British public – as Simon had feared – had grown a little bored and irritated by Boyle mania.

In fact, she nearly did win, missing out to the brilliant Diversity by just four per cent of the vote. (Incidentally, I’d hate all the ongoing obsession with Susan to detract from this wonderful dance group’s achievement. What fantastic role models they are, and what a statement their victory makes about a country supposedly drifting towards the BNP.)

And Susan was fantastically generous and modest in defeat, while reserving the right to do one last wiggle on stage.


Absolutely Flawless: Piers expected the street dance group Flawless to win the show when he first saw their electrifying act

The next day, I was asked to call Susan because she was ‘exhausted and upset’.

We spoke for half an hour, and she admitted: ‘I’m so tired, I need to get away from all this for a while.’

‘You were brilliant last night,’ I said.

‘I didn’t win, though. Will I still be able to have a career as a singer?’

‘Of course you will,’ I replied, truthfully. ‘And remember that your dream was never to win this show, it was to sing professionally.’

‘That’s true, it is. It’s all I have ever wanted to do.’

She was undeniably jittery and erratic in that conversation.

There were laughter and tears, excitement and sadness.

She had been through an unprecedented two months.

‘Are you glad you came on the show?’ I asked.

‘I am,’ she said. ‘Even the way I feel now, I am.’

Later that night she was admitted voluntarily to the Priory Clinic after seeing some doctors.

She was, they said, ‘completely exhausted’.

I felt sad for her, but relieved too.

The Priory is a favoured destination for stressed-out performers.

They know exactly what Susan had been through, and exactly how to treat it.

Her admittance sparked a new media furore, most of which was laughably hypocritical.

As I said before, I don’t blame the papers, TV and radio for pursuing the story, or even how they pursued it.

But I do find some of their shameless finger-pointing faintly ridiculous.

I cannot think of a single thing more that anyone could have done for Susan.

Or a single rule change that could be made to protect future contestants from dealing with the unique problems of experiencing the unprecedented worldwide attention she has had.

Susan wanted to be on this show, has no regrets about doing it, is well on the road to a full recovery already and came out of the Priory last week after just a few days.

Now she wishes to pursue her dream of making an album, a disc that I would guess might sell somewhere north of ten million copies given her astounding popularity in America, making her the biggest selling female artist of the next 12 months.

I’ve no doubt she’ll get exhausted again in the future, and occasionally fed up with overly-critical journalists.

And she will, I confidently predict, also grow to loathe all the travelling, sycophancy, paranoia, insecurity and sheer hard work that goes with being a big star these days.

But when people say she should never have entered the show, and was ‘exploited’, I say that’s nonsense.

Susan had a blast for 90 per cent of the time, and remains a feisty, funny, independent-minded lady with an incredible talent.

She’s not some sort of cruelly exploited simpleton, as a few ill-informed critics seem to think.

She’s a smart-witted person (watch some of her American interviews) with a great sense of humour, but also a bit of a short fuse when it comes to people abusing her.

I guess when you’ve been bullied at school like she was, and had yobs chuck stones at your house, you grow less tolerant of that kind of behaviour.

Her brother, an intelligent, articulate, sensible man, summed it all up perfectly this week when he said she just needed a good rest, and added that he was mystified by all this over-exaggerated stuff about her ‘learning difficulties’.

‘She did as well academically as the rest of us,’ he said. ‘She just used to get very nervous before exams.’

The Susan Boyle story is not, as some would have it, a modern-day parable of reality TV disaster, the tale of an innocent victim whose life has been ruined by transient fame.

It’s the story of how one woman from a Scottish village set the whole world alight with the sheer force of her personality and raw, undiscovered talent.

OK, so she was a bit drained by the end of the whole shebang. Who wouldn’t be?

I’m so knackered, I feel like checking myself into the Priory as well.

But without Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle would have probably carried on living alone with her cat in a remote part of Scotland, never knowing if she had what it takes to be a star.

Now she knows the answer. And so does the entire world.

She does.

ref Piers Morgan Dailymail

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Susan Boyle denies ‘foul-mouthed outburst’

Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent

Susan Boyle on Britain's Got Talent

Susan Boyle has denied swearing at a showing of yesterday’s Britain’s Got Talent semi-final after judge Piers Morgan praised fellow contestant Shaheen Jafargholi on the show.

Morgan told the 12-year-old that his rendition of ‘And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going’ from the musical Dreamgirls had been “the best singing performance we have heard in the semi-finals so far”.

Boyle, who was reportedly watching the show with friends in the bar of the Wembley Plaza Hotel, was alleged to have responded by sticking two fingers up at the television and shouting ‘f**k off’, before retreating to her hotel room.

Her outburst was alleged to have been witnessed by about 150 guests at the hotel, with one claiming: “Everyone was stunned by her reaction.”

However, a spokeswoman for the star denied the claims, stating that Boyle had left the bar before Jafargholi’s performance had been shown.

She said: “Susan was in the bar with friends but was getting hassled by a journalist. The four of them left before Shaheen’s live performance to watch it in the room instead.”

Susan Boyle, who won through to the final of Britain’s Got Talent on Sunday, is currently the favourite to win the reality show.

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Final 40 Britains Got Talent 2009 – The Final Results

OK, so we now know who the top 40 acts are who will compete in the LIVE Semi-Finals.

Only 10 acts can make it through to the Grand Final.

Below is the full top 40 list of acts who will perform over the 5 LIVE Semi-Final’s – 8 acts will perform each night:

Aidan Davis – Dancer

Ben and Becky – Ballroom Dancers

Brit Chix – Rock Band

Callum Francis – Musical Theatre

Darth Jackson – Michael Jackson/ Darth Vader Impersonator

DCD Seniors – Dance Troupe

Diversity – Street Dancers

DJ Talent – Rapper

Dream Bears- Comedy Dancers

Fabia Cerra – Burlesque Dancer

Faces of Disco – Comedy Dancers

Flawless – Street Dancers

Floral High Notes – Flower Arranging and Opera Singing

Fred Bowers – Breakdancer

Gareth Oliver – Comedy Impersonator

Good Evans – Family Singing Group

Greg Pritchard – Male Soprano

Harmony – Musical Theatre

Hollie Steel – Singer/ Dancer

Hot Honeyz – Dancers

Jackie Prescott and Tippy Toes – Dog Act

Jamie Pugh – Singer

Julia Naidenko – Belly Dancer

Julian Smith – Saxophonist

Kay Oresanya – The Living Saxophone

Luke Clements – Juggler/ Street Performer

Mama Trish – Drag Act

Martin Machum – Guitarist

MD Showgroup – Dancers

Merlin Cadogan – Physical Performer

Natalie Okri – Singer

Nick Hell – Street Performer

Shaheen Jafargholi – Singer

Shaun Smith – Singer

Stavros Flatly – Comedy Dancers

Sue Son – Violinist

Sugarfree – Street Dancers

The Barrow Boys – Wheelbarrow Dancing

2 Grand – Singers.

Two acts from each of the live shows will go through to perform in the Final. The act with the highest number of public votes goes through to the final automatically, with the second and third-placed performers vying for the crucial judges’ choice

Tomorrow nights Semi-Final line up to perform along with Susan is :

Darth Jackson – Michael Jackson/ Darth Vader Impersonator

Diversity – Street Dancers

Faces of Disco – Comedy Dancers

Julia Naidenko – Belly Dancer

Natalie Okri – Singer

Nick Hell – Street Performer

Sue Son – Violinist

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