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  • Susan Boyle sang “I Dreamed a Dream” during the America’s Got Talent: The Champions finals last night.
  • Judge Simon Cowell used the opportunity to apologize for his “disgusting” behavior toward Susan at her 2009 Britain’s Got Talent audition.
  • Fans will find out if Susan won AGT: The Champions on next week’s finale show.

Susan Boyle immediately became a household name following her stunning audition performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on season 3 of Britain’s Got Talent. And last night, during the America’s Got Talent: The Champions finals, she cemented that status — with a performance of the very same song.

After receiving judge Mel B’s golden buzzer earlier in this AGT: The Champions season, Susan immediately advanced to last night’s finals, where the audience gave her a standing ovation and the judges showered her with praise. Most interesting, however, was judge Simon Cowell’s reaction to Susan’s stunning performance.

“I have goosebumps on my goosebumps,” he began. “That really, really took me back, all those years. I can remember vividly how disgusting I was on the day, before you sang — and then what you did, and what happened afterwards.”

Simon was referring, of course, to the first time he saw Susan perform “I Dreamed a Dream,” back in 2009 at her Britain’s Got Talent audition. Susan blew everyone away with her talent that day, but before she began to sing, the audience and judges alike were skeptical. As one of the three judges, Simon made faces when Susan revealed her age (47 at the time) and showed off her dance moves, and cynically asked her about her goals as a singer.

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Thankfully, much has changed since then — including Simon’s relationship with Susan. And last night, after acknowledging his unacceptable behavior toward her all those years ago, the AGT judge told Susan: “I mean seriously, was fantastic. You’re a champion.”

Clearly Susan, who was the runner-up on her season of Britain’s Got Talent, is a judge favorite this time around. But whether she’ll go all the way in this competition remains to be seen: Tune in to NBC the America’s Got Talent: The Champions finale next Monday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. to find out.

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Simon Cowell admitted he was sent back in time during Susan Boyle’s final America’s Got Talent performance – and seized the opportunity to acknowledge how ‘disgusting’ he was during her first audition.

In scenes set to air this week, Simon and the rest of the AGT judges are blown away as Susan recreates her very first audition to Les Miserables track, I Dreamed a Dream, proving that ten years later she still has the magic that made everyone fall in love with her.

Originally performing the hit on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, Simon was seen cringing at the Scottish singer as she took to the stage, and he hasn’t ever forgotten it.

The singer wows the judges once more with her iconic song (Picture: Getty)

After her performance this week, he is seen telling her: ‘I have goosebumps on my goosebumps. Oh my God, Susan that really, really took me back, all those years. I can remember vividly… how disgusting I was on the day before you sang.

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‘And then what you did and what happened afterwards and to end the show… it’s been an amazing night. I mean, seriously, it was fantastic.

‘You’re a champion.’

Simon ate his words after she astounded the audience on AGT Champions (Picture: NBC)

Susan has gone through quite the transformation since her first ever audition, and dazzled in a sequinned gown and new hairdo as she took to the stage this week.

She earned her place in the final after Mel B smashed her Golden Buzzer to give her an automatic pass, calling her a legend.

Her fellow contestants clearly feel it too – with magician Shin Lim comparing SuBo to a ‘God’ in a chat with us.

Former BGT competitors clearly knew what they were up against in the show – with Ashleigh Butler backing her to win the show as well.

Even Lost Voice Guy, who won the 2018 series of BGT also admitted it was an ‘honour’ to share the stage with her.

Will she take the crown?

America’s Got Talent: The Champions airs Tuesdays on NBC in the US, and Netflix in the UK on Wednesdays.

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Susan Boyle on America’s Got Talent: Simon Cowell overcome with emotion during tear-jerking performance

Susan Boyle left Simon Cowell gobsmacked after she appeared on America’s Got Talent: The Champions.

The 2009 Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, who rose to fame on the back of her powerful performance of I Dreamed a Dream, left Cowell stunned after she took to the stage for the new spin-off show.

Cowell, who also sits on the panel of the UK version, joined the audience in giving Boyle a standing ovation as she walked onto the stage.

Clearly emotional Cowell said to the Scottish star: “And what’s your name? Oh my God this brings back so many great memories having you back. Genuinely I’m beyond thrilled that you’re here tonight.

Emotional: The pair shared a sweet embrace after Boyle landed the Golden Buzzer (America’s Got Talent/ Youtube)

Boyle moved the audience with her stunning rendition of The Rolling Stones’ iconic Wild Horses.

An emotional audience rose to their feet at the end of Boyle’s performance, which earned her the coveted Golden Buzzer from Mel B.

Jumping out of her seat to push the buzzer, she said: “I just want to say what an honour and absolute pleasure it is to be sitting here and listening to you – your angelic voice. I want to be the woman that gives you something that you deserve.”

An ecstatic Cowell rose to his feet in celebration, embracing the star, and admitting he is “so proud” of her.

He said: “I can’t think of another contestant that has defined this show better than you, I’m being honest with you. You’re the one. You made a huge difference to a lot of people’s lives and I’m absolutely thrilled that you’re here.”

A clearly overwhelmed Boyle said: “ very happy, very humbled.”

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BRITAIN’S Got Talent welcomed back Susan Boyle tonight to mark 10 years since she first auditioned, and the singing sensation appeared to get quite overwhelmed by the occasion.

Simon Cowell rushed to comfort Susan as the crowd gave her a standing ovation after she finished her original audition track of I Dreamed A Dream from the musical Les Miserables.

5 Simon was on hand to give SuBo a hug after her incredible performance

The 58-year-old Scottish singer stunned the judges’ way back in 2009 with her performance, which turned her into a worldwide viral sensation overnight.

Judges Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon were left speechless as SuBo belted out the iconic track.

Clearly seeing the experience a shock to the system for Susan, her mentor and friend Simon, 59, rushed to greet her onstage.

The music mogul gushed to Susan: “Still got the magic Susan, haven’t you? Thank you for coming back.”

5 The star was comforted by Simon following her outstanding performanceCredit: ITV 5 Susan got a standing ovation from the judgesCredit: ITV Britain’s Got Talent

Susan was then joined by hosts Ant and Dec behind the curtain, where she remarked how they “haven’t changed a bit” since 2009.

Ant fondly replied: “Oh you can come again. Come whenever you want.”

The singer finished as runner-up in the third series of Britain’s Got Talent, with dance troupe Diversity being crowned the winners.

However, coming second doesn’t appear to have done Susan any damage. The star has gone on to achieve 23 million album sales, a cluster of UK and US number ones and a stack of Guinness World Records.


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Susan is promoting her new album TEN and recently revealed she has a secret crush on no other than Good Morning Britain host, Piers Morgan.

She said: “Now who wouldn’t like Piers Morgan? I took one look at him on Britain’s Got Talent and said, ‘I want you mate. I want you – come this way, Piersy Baby’.

“He’s a good laugh – he joins in. And he’s very clever too.”

“And gorgeous? You took the words right out of my mouth!”

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Odd duck to diva: How Susan Boyle became an unlikely star 10 years ago


Ten years ago, one of the more unlikely stars to emerge from a singing competition was created.

On April 11, 2009, an episode of “Britain’s Got Talent” would introduce the world to Susan Boyle, who famously auditioned for the show with her take on “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables.”

What would follow was an incredible success story as Boyle and her story captivated fans around the world, with her appearances on the show snowballing into a successful music career, including millions of albums sold and two Grammy nominations.

As for the actual episode, despite its moments of reality-show schmaltz, Boyle’s audition is still a heartwarming reminder not to judge a book by its cover. And 10 years later, the clip remains one of the most genuine triumphs to come out of a music competition TV show.

At the time of her audition on “Britain’s Got Talent,” Boyle was a 47-year-old unemployed charity worker from the rural Scottish district of West Lothian who told the show’s cameras that she lives alone with her cat, Pebbles, and had “never been kissed.”

She seemed to be one of the unique characters that shows like “Britain’s Got Talent” — and its many U.S. counterparts such as “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” — include during the audition phases, odd ducks that never stand a chance of making it to the second round.

That’s not what happened on the April 11 episode of “Britain’s Got Talent,” which revealed Boyle’s angelic singing voice in a remarkable few minutes of television. Cameras captured audience members snickering at Boyle as she took the stage to perform in front of the show’s three judges, TV presenters Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden and the famously snarky Simon Cowell, who huffs, puffs and rolls his eyes as Boyle introduces herself.

In a brilliantly edited montage, the entire room transforms as Boyle begins to sing, showing her winning over the crowd with every new lyric. By the end of her song, the audience is on their feet and the judges are beaming, with Morgan calling her “stunning” and “the biggest surprise I have had in the three years of this show.”

“I am so thrilled because I know that everyone was against you,” Holden tells her, in an admirable display of honesty. “I honestly think we were all being very cynical, and this is the biggest wake-up call ever. And I just want to say that it was a complete privilege listening to that.”

Viewers at home agreed, with tens of millions of people watching her performance on YouTube in the 24 hours after the episode aired. Boyle became an overnight sensation with television crews flocking to her hometown and luminaries like Oprah Winfrey inviting Boyle on their shows.

Boyle’s momentum extended beyond the end of her “Britain’s Got Talent” season, in which she placed second. Her debut album “I Dreamed a Dream,” released in November 2009, set the U.K.’s record for biggest first week sales by a debut album, eventually becoming 2009’s second best-selling album in the U.S.

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Over the next decade, Boyle would continue to have new albums in the Top 20 on both the U.K. and U.S. album charts, and remains a presence on music competition shows. She most recently appeared on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” in January. As she told viewers in the season premiere, “(I’m) a champion for those who don’t have the confidence to do things and don’t have a voice; the ones people tend to ignore. I feel like I’m a champion for them.”

And her remarkable run all began ten years ago, with a song and a dream.

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Although one of the shining stars to appear on Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle has failed to win America’s Got Talent: The Champions. While the Scottish singer had blown away fans with her performance of I Dreamed a Dream – the Les Misérables classic she performed on her first BGT audition – Boyle didn’t finish in the final’s top five.


Close-up magician Shin Lim – who recently won the main America’s Got Talent show – was crowned champion of champions. He was followed by singing ventriloquist Darci-Lynne Farmer, sand artist Kseniya Simonova, singer Cristina Ramos and comedian Preacher Lawson.

BGT opera singer Paul Potts also competed in the final, but like Boyle, failed to finish in the top tier.

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After the contest, Boyle admitted she was slightly saddened by the loss.

“Of course, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, but also deep down I didn’t think I would win. Secretly you hold out hope that you just might because that’s what drives you to do your best in a competition,” she told PEOPLE. “I’ve never really considered myself a champion, I’m just me, Susan Boyle.”

However, she was also quick to point out she is by no means a loser overall: “I’m so fortunate that I have a great career to go back to.”

The singer also reminisced about her first performance in the 2009 Britain’s Got Talent auditions.

“I particularly love hearing peoples stories about where they were when they first watched the YouTube clip, what it meant to them, the memories it invoked and how years on they still get the same emotions watching it,” she says. “It was a special moment in time and one that I wanted to bring back.”

Boyle added, laughing: “Although I’ve changed a fair bit in my appearance since 2009, back then it looked like I’d got dressed in the dark!”

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However, this might not be her last time performing on a Got Talent show. During this year’s BGT auditions, learned she took to the stage again, wowing audiences with – you guessed it – a cover of I Dreamed a Dream.


Exactly why Boyle performed isn’t clear, but it might have something to do with Simon Cowell’s plans to introduce Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions, another series that will see former stars of the Got Talent franchise compete against one another.

Susan Boyle through to Britain’s Got Talent final after performing song from Cats

Susan Boyle fans got their fix this weekend as they watched the unlikely star make it through to the Britain’s Got Talent final.

The Scottish star – looking more glamorous with dyed hair and radiant make-up – won the vote in the first of five live televised semi-finals after receiving a standing ovation for her performance of Memory from the musical Cats.
Piers Morgan, whom she called ‘Piersy baby’.

Asked how she’d been coping with the pressure of the show, she said: ‘What pressure? It was really good tonight. I’ve enjoyed every second. And I’d do it again.’

Susan Boyle became an overnight sensation six weeks ago at the Britain’s Got Talent auditions when she sang I Dreamed a Dream.

The likes of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher raved about her performance the next day on Twitter, and her audition has since been viewed approximately 100 million times on YouTube.

Ten semi-finalists will go through to the live final, which will be aired this Saturday.

The winner will be decided by a public vote.



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Britain’s Got Talent star Brian Gilligan couldn’t be more delighted by comparisons to Susan Boyle after he had the nation in tears with his first audition, a performance of Lady Gaga’s I’ll Never Love Again from A Star Is Born for his late brother.

It was easily one of the stand out moments of the series so far as Simon Cowell, David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon unanimously sent Brian through with four yeses.

‘It was pretty extraordinary and very unexpected because the head space you’re in, you just want to make sure you break the ice with your song and the reception was superb,’ Brian enthused to

And viewers were just as bold over without thousands tweeting away that they were just as moved by the singer’s performance as they were by the most notorious BGT act ever, Ms. Boyle.

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‘Susan Boyle is the legend of the show so to be compared to someone as incredible as her, I’m really appreciative for that to happen,’ Brian told us.

‘When you look at Susan Boyle, who’s achieved that massive level of success, and you’re looking at artists like that it shows there’s potential, so we’ll have to see what happens.’

Britain’s Got Talent star Brian Gilligan couldn’t be happier with Susan Boyle comparisons (Picture: ITV)

Since becoming an overnight viral sensation, Susan has sold more than 25 million albums, broken YouTube records and was listed higher in Time’s Most Powerful list than then President Barack Obama.

Though, she subsequently endured a rough time in the media. After being kicked out of a Heathrow airport waiting lounge, the Glaswegian star kept a low profile before her return to the spotlight on America’s Got Talent: The Champions earlier this year.

‘I think fame is an interesting concept,’ explained Brian, brushing off concerns surrounding what may well be his impending celebrity status.

‘I think fame happens outside of what you would prioritise. Fame is obviously a great thing but I supposed it’s just a matter of how you deal with it when you have it. I don’t think you should make it a massive priority or objective; it’s just about who you are and what you do and how you deliver your message through your music.’

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Tonight Brian has tough competition, facing two Golden Buzzer acts in infectious dancer Akshat Singh and The Flakefleet Primary School. But he’s quietly confident.

‘I guess tonight I’m definitely going to bring it up a few notches and perform from the gut to give it everything,’ he insisted.

Britain’s Got Talent airs tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.

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So much for dreaming a dream. Over the past week fans of “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” have been voting in our poll that asked whether Susan Boyle was robbed in Monday’s season finale, and today we can report that a whopping 83% said yes. “Susan deserved so much more from ‘AGT,’” voted the loud majority. As for the other 17% of poll respondents, they argued that Susan simply “wasn’t strong enough” to make the top five. What do YOU think? Be sure to sound off down in the comments section.

Viewers were outraged because, after Susan was eliminated early in the evening, she was quickly whisked off of the stage like rubbish without even so much as a goodbye. All of the top five acts — winner Shin Lim, runner-up Darci Lynne Farmer, third place Kseniya Simonova, fourth place Cristina Ramos and fifth place Preacher Lawson — received special one-on-one moments with host Terry Crews, a far cry from everyone who finished sixth through twelfth.

Many viewers believed that Susan would take home the “Champions” trophy since she’s one of the franchise’s most successful contestants to never win. Susan had traveled all the way from her home in Scotland to appear on NBC’s reality TV series that pitted 50 acts from around the world against each other. Of the 12 finalists she was one of only four who didn’t hail from “America’s Got Talent,” as Kseniya came from the Ukrainian version, Cristina from the Spanish show and Paul Potts from “Britain’s Got Talent.”

Both of Susan’s “Champions” performances earned high marks at YouTube, with “Wild Horses” from the first episode attracting 16 million views and her revival of “I Dreamed A Dream” nabbing 1.5 million views since the Finals performance show. Of course, Susan knows all about going viral as her original “I Dreamed a Dream” audition from 2009 is one of the reasons the “Got Talent” franchise became such a worldwide phenomenon.

In the video below, Susan proves she has no hard feelings about the way her elimination was handled because she encourages others to audition for the show. “Go for it,” she says. “If it’s your dream, go and follow it. Don’t leave it festering in the corner and say, ‘I wish.’ Go right ahead and have your chance. Tweet me and tell me how it went.”

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With only one week left before America’s Got Talent crowns its champion of Champions, the final 10 acts (plus two wild card picks!) took the stage on Monday to earn some last-minute love from the 50 states.

This week’s episode featured operatic rocker Cristina Ramos, muscular comedian Preacher Lawson, singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, danger duo Deadly Games, inspirational songstress Kechi Okwuchi, Broadway belter Brian Justin Crum, footballer-turned-magician Jon Dorenbos, pint-sized powerhouse Angelica Hale, sand artist Kseniya Simonova, golden vocalist Paul Potts, mind master Shin Lim and iconic singer Susan Boyle.

Ramos got the party started with an incredible take on Blondie’s “Call Me,” complete with glass-shattering operatics, impressive power belting and even a sexy costume change. And speaking of sexy costume changes, Lawson followed Ramos with a hysterical routine that ended with him ripping his shirt off, literally leaving Mel B speechless. (“Go to the next person!”) Farmer then became the first wild card to take the stage, proving she was the right choice by wowing the judges with a breathtaking operatic performance — and via her rabbit puppet, no less.

Then came the knife throwing. So much knife throwing. Deadly Games had the entire audience cringing and screaming — when they could bare to look, that is — as Anna strapped herself to a spinning wheel and allowed Alfredo to chuck a series of sharp metal objects at her. You know an act is successful when it ends with Heidi Klum asking, “Can we talk about our sweaty armpits right now?”

In a dramatic change of pace, Okwuchi took the stage for a stirring rendition of Sia’s “Opportunity,” one of the few good things to come out of that garbage 2014 Annie remake. Not to be outdone, however, Crum followed this up with ballad-of-the-year “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman. (Did he kill it? Absolutely. But should this overdone song also be retired from all reality competition shows? Yes, please.)

Dorenbos, the show’s other wild card, received a standing ovation merely by entering the auditorium. He immediately launched into his act, soliciting some assistance from the judges — two of whom won’t be back for Season 14 — and getting everyone back on their feet by the end. Hale followed this up with a powerhouse cover of “Impossible,” showing off her voice’s incredible range.

Simonova’s return to the AGT stage was even more emotional than anticipated, moving the judges with a powerful sand story and a timeless message: “love always wins.” Ditto for Potts, who once again stunned the crowd with his golden pipes, and Lim, who came prepared with yet another mystifying act that left the judges slack-jawed.

Then came what I’m calling the big moment of the night: Boyle recreated her famous Britain’s Got Talent audition with a stunning rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables — only no one underestimated her this time around. Cowell even offered her an apology (of sorts) for his initial doubt. “I have goosebumps on my goosebumps,” he said. “That really took me back. … I remember vividly how disgusting I was the day before you sang … and what happened afterward.”

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