From anonymity to superstardom. In a nutshell, that's how interviewer Meredith Vieira described the pop culture phenomenon that is Susan Boyle, in her first post-Britain's Got Talent interview, which aired on last night's America's Got Talent. The final audition night of the NBC reality show was cut short to give way for the interview, but no one is complaining.
"It was necessary at the time," Susan said in reference to her admission to a private mental facility in London just to get away from the media frenzy and take a rest. "She was completely and utterly exhausted," said Britain's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan. Susan, however, also showed that she can be incredulously funny. When she was shown a Susan Boyle doll, she took it and started singing, "Isn't she lovely, isn't she wonderful."
It was also revealed that the Britain's Got Talent
runner-up, a 48-year-old from a small village in Scotland, spent much of her adult life singing at the church, and taking care of her cat Pebbles and her mom, who passed away two years ago. Asked what she thinks her mom would tell her if she were alive, she said her mom would probably tell her to "keep going."
The highlight of the segment, however, were a couple of surprises that America's Got Talent
producers had in store for Susan. First was a taped message by Donny Osmond, whom she considers one of her idols and "main influences." Donny offered to remake his early hit Puppy Love as a duet with Susan. And finally, Elaine Paige, whom Susan mentioned during her audition on Britain's Got Talent
, entered the set to a surprised Susan.
Just before launching into her now world-famous rendition of I Dreamed a Dream, Susan told a disbelieving Simon Cowell, whom she's now working with on her debut album, "I've never been given a chance before. Here's hoping it will change."
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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