Saturday, May 23, 2009

Susan Boyle Makes the "Britain's Got Talent" Semis

Susan Boyle, the singing sensation from the U.K. who lit up "Britain's Got Talent" with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" after being hooted and ridiculed when she appeared on stage, has advanced to the semifinals of that talent show.

Since that performance, Susan Boyle has become a worldwide sensation, with YouTube versions of her performance being viewed over 100 million times, and with many around the world naming her the favorite, as well as clamoring for her to get a contract, winner of the show or not.

Susan Boyle was one of 40 acts selected by judges Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden to continue in the competition. She will kick off the first of five semifinals on Sunday, competing against seven other acts. Two acts from the five semifinals will advance on Sunday, with three more on Monday, after voting by judges and viewers.

Remember though, this isn't American Idol; it's not just about singing. One of the acts to also reach the semifinals, for example, is Merlin Cadogan, an "escapologist." Sorry, I just don't see him as being in the same league.

And frankly, if Susan Boyle isn't in the finals, you might see a riot. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. GMT, which translates into 12:30 p.m. PDT.

Watch her original performance.
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