Singing sensation Susan Boyle had vowed to leave the television show, "Britain’s Got Talent," after a hectic week, but has since recanted and will perform at the finale Saturday, a judge for the show said.
The 48-year-old Scottish singer wowed audiences and judges during her audition in May when she belted out the classic, “I Dreamed a Dream,” from the musical “Les Miserables.” Her performance earned her a string of global television appearances. Her fame catapulted during the semifinals Sunday, which she started off by missing the first note of her performance of “Memory” from the musical, “Cats.” Watch Boyle’s semifinal performance » She redeemed herself to earn a standing ovation and a spot in Saturday’s finale. The global fame and the “odd bit of negative press” in the past week have been too overwhelming for her, judge Piers Morgan told CNN’s “Larry King Live” on Friday. “She’s just had a pretty rough week because I think the full enormity of what has happened to her is beginning to hit home,” Morgan said. “Earlier this week, she had a lot of tears. … At one stage, she was going to leave the show. So, fortunately, we’ve calmed everything down.” Watch how Boyle may be feeling the pressure »
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Boyle said that that she has put the tumultuous week behind her and is getting ready for the finale. “It’s all I’ve been thinking about,” she said on the show’s Web site. “I’m not going to throw away my big chance now.” “Britain’s Got Talent” defended Boyle on its Web site, saying that media reports of an emotional outburst “have been taken out of context.” The unemployed charity worker has inspired millions in the face of pop music’s penchant for pre-processed princesses. Before she sang during her audition, the unassuming single woman with a loose mop of curly hair drew snickers from the audience, including notoriously hard-to-please judge Simon Cowell. The scowls and eye-rolling were replaced by wild cheers as soon as she sang the first line.
Cowell later apologized for poking fun at her during the auditions stage. “You are one special lady,” he said last week. “You really are.”