'America's Got Talent' Top 40 To be Determined Next Week, More of Susan Boyle Interview
'America's Got Talent' Top 40 To be Determined Next Week, More of Susan Boyle Interview
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
After 10 episodes of auditions and rejections, the fourth season of America's Got Talent is set to shift to high gear next week as the over 160 acts that made it through the preliminary rounds get narrowed down to a Top 40, the group which will figure in the live performance rounds.

On the last episode of America's Got Talent, nine more acts advanced to the second round, including acrobats Beale Street Flippers, 8-year-old singer Ciana Pelekai, family hip-hop dance troop and season 3 returnees SQ Entertainment, and burlesque dancers The Lollipop Girls.

The highlight of the episode, however, was an extended segment featuring Meredith Vieira's interview with Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle. More facets of Boyle's personality was revealed, including the fact that she was starved of oxygen at birth which resulted in mild brain damage, something that contributed to her being made the butt of many jokes growing up.

Judging from fans' comments, however, the interview endeared the 48-year-old to America even more, primarily because of her humility and surprising humor. For instance, asked when she realized she was gifted, she readily shrugged off the compliment - "Gifted? I think it's just been chance?" Talking about her runner-up finish, however, she gave props to winners Diversity. "The best people won. They're nice guys and I wish them well."

This despite repeated pronouncements of her unique and unprecedented rise to global fame. "There wasn't anyone alive today with a television who haven't seen or heard of Susan Boyle," says Britain's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan; an exaggeration, but nonetheless gives you an idea how huge the plain Jane came to be. "You could not watch that clip and not feel completely uplifted."

The interview concluded with a taped message from Boyle's childhood idol Donny Osmond, who in turn said someday, he just might approach her to do a duet of Puppy Love. Elaine Paige, dubbed the first lady of British musical theater, meanwhile showed up to surprise Boyle. Paige revealed that right after Boyle's performance, she received a lot of emails telling her to go online and listen to her.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC
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