Susan Boyle Takes Second
SuBo misses out on the prize in the long-awaited “Britain’s Got Talent” finale
-The Betty Editors
Shocker! Susan Boyle did not win Britain’s Got Talent. And she didn’t lose to that 12-year-old from Wales who was considered her biggest competitor. No, she lost to “Diversity,” an acrobatic street dance troupe who breakdances to electronic music. Just fancy that!
Now, we have to admit we may have been a wee bit sick of Susan lately. Like the millions – two hundred million, in fact – who downloaded her YouTube video, we loved her first appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, and her ability to wipe the smirk off Simon’s face. But on last week’s show, when her voice cracked as she started “Memory,” we feared that might have been the beginning of the end for the Hairy Angel. And this week when tension peaked and she started dropping F-bombs here and there, we wondered if she would be able to cope at all.
On the show, she did a decent job in her final performance though she sang the same song, “I Dreamed a Dream,” that she sang first time out. She probably lost points for that. We wonder if she would have done better if she sang another song and was able to prove she could ace a new one. Our recommendation: “When You Walk Through A Storm” from “Carousel” or “The Impossible Dream” from the “Man of La Mancha.” Why didn’t she ask us for advice?
Still, the judges were enthusiastic about her performance. Piers Morgan declared it was the greatest he‘d seen on the show. Simon Cowell summed it up: “You had every right to walk away from this … and a lot of people said you shouldn’t even be in this competition, that you’re not equipped to deal with it. For what? For you to sit at home with your cat and say ‘I’ve missed an opportunity’? I completely disagree with that. Win or lose, you had the guts to come back here tonight and face your critics, and you beat them. And that’s the most important thing. Whatever happens, and I’ve got to know the real Susan Boyle, who is not the person I’ve seen portrayed in the media… you can walk away from this, win or lose, with your head held high. I absolutely adore you.”
Susan told them and the audience that being on the show “was well worth it,” and that she now felt at home on the stage. “I’m with friends, aren’t I?” When “Diversity” was proclaimed the winner, she took it with good grace, declaring, “The best people won” and she wished the lads “all the best.”
Frankly, their victory struck us as rather weird. What’s the potential for a breakdancing group? Being a breakdancing group! Little chance for a CD there.
Even without a victory, experts believe, SuBo has a bright and profitable future with record sales, endorsements and celebrity appearances. She could, it’s estimated, make as much as $10 million in the next year.
Now the show’s winners will get around $159,000 and will entertain the Queen as the Royal Variety Show later this year. So now we’re going to give the Queen some advice. Even though she didn’t win, invite Susan to perform at the show. Everyone wants her dream of singing for the Queen to come true. And, besides, we suspect that the Queen, rather than only having breakdancers to watch, might enjoy hearing Susan Boyle sing “I Dreamed A Dream” even for the third time.
See their performances on Britain’s Got Talent.