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Boyle's bubble burst as she comes up short on Britain's Got Talent

by John Scott Lewinski, posted May 31st 2009 9:41AM
Susan Boyle came up just short in her final appearance on Britain's Got Talent.She dreamed a dream, but Susan Boyle's rags to riches attempt to win the top prize on Britain's Got Talent came up just short this weekend.

Diversity, a dance troupe, edged out the Scot on the season's climactic episode. Her seemingly tragic and unjust end seems almost poetically concocted as Boyle sang "I Dream a Dream" for her final number on the show (the same song that stunned audiences the night she appeared on the scene).

But, Boyle was gracious in defeat, offering a nod to the young performers who beat her out: "They're very entertaining. Lads, I wish you all the best."

Her defeat comes after a week of controversy as Boyle allegedly laid into multiple reported victims with expletive laced tirades. Her behavior offered the British tabloid press the perfect opportunity to claim she was cracking under the pressure and was out of her depth as a performer. No one will ever know for sure if that bad press cost her the crown.

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Susan Boyle Loses 'Britain's Got Talent'

by Katy Kroll, posted May 30th 2009 6:00PM
Despite blowing the judges away with her pitch-perfect audition -- and subsequently being viewed hundreds of millions of times on YouTube -- Susan Boyle lost 'Britain's Got Talent' on Saturday night.

SuBo, as she's been affectionately nicknamed, became an overnight sensation after taking the stage and unexpectedly knocking Simon Cowell's socks off a few weeks ago. Her frumpy appearance, humble attitude and angelic voice won over fans and instantly made her a household name.

But all the media attention wasn't enough to nab the Scottish singer the top prize on the U.K. equivalent of 'America's Got Talent.' She walked away the runner-up, losing to a dance troupe named Diversity, who won a $159,000 cash prize and a chance to perform in front of the Queen.

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Fun Finds: May 30

by AOL TV Staff, posted May 30th 2009 12:00PM
American Idol

-- Suffering from 'American Idol' and 'Dancing With the Stars' withdrawal? Here's how to get through it [NY Daily News]

-- The Paley Center and NBC recently counted down the 50 funniest TV phrases, which included quotes from shows like 'The Simpsons,' 'Friends' and yada, yada, yada ... [Seacost Online]

-- With all the Susan Boyle hoopla happening right now, are you actually following 'Britain's Got Talent'? [Buzz Sugar]

-- Ever wonder what TV shows former President Bill Clinton watches? Now's your chance to find out [NY Times]

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Reality giant Simon Cowell confesses to 'black moods'

by John Scott Lewinski, posted May 23rd 2009 9:02AM
Simon CowellExperts say one of every three adults experiences depression periodically in a lifetime. If a recent interview in the U.K.'s Daily Mail is on the level, it looks like Simon Cowell could use a prescription or two.

According to the interview, Cowell confesses he's "quite odd" and subject to "dark moods" that come on for no reason.

That could just be a celebrity waxing philosophical, but if you look up the basic symptoms of clinical depression, it sounds like Cowell is ticking off a checklist. He admits that he avoids social contact for days on end and avoids pleasurable activities. It's almost as if he's calling for an intervention.

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Bill Maher goes all Simon Cowell on the Susan Boyle phenomenon

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 6th 2009 2:03PM
Susan Boyle on Bill Maher recently brought up the tour-de-frump that is the Susan Boyle phenomenon on his HBO Real Time show, along with an interesting observation on her runaway success.

Now I'm not a regular watcher of these flashy Gong Show remakes like American Idol, America's Got Talent or America's Got Nothing Better To Do Than Watch This Crap, so maybe my opinion doesn't count in the court of reality show watchers. It seems to me that every few years or so, a phenomenon will bust out of one of these shows for reasons other than their ability to do whatever it is they do on these shows. These shows feed on humiliation like great white schadenfreude sharks.

Enter Mrs. Boyle, the "lovely Scottish troll with the voice of an angel," as Maher put it. But Maher feels her success is due to the unconscious guilt everyone secretly feels from watching these bottom-feeding talent shows.

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Susan Boyle Vs. Shaheen Jafargholi on 'Britain's Got Talent'

by Kelly Woo, posted Apr 20th 2009 12:34PM
Britain's Got TalentLast week, everybody on both sides of the Atlantic was buzzing about 'Britain's Got Talent' hopeful Susan Boyle, a frumpy cat lady who claimed to have never been kissed.

The Scottish singer defied the audience's and judges' expectations by blowing the roof off the place with a gorgeous rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream.' Since then, tens of millions of people have watched her performance on YouTube, she's been on 'Larry King Live' and 'The Early Show and there's even been talk of a movie deal.

But Boyle hasn't won yet, as judge Simon Cowell noted, and now she's got some stiff competition in the form of 12-year-old Welsh boy Shaheen Jafargholi. He even got a standing ovation from Simon after a jaw-dropping performance of Michael Jackson's 'Who's Loving You.'

So, who's better? Watch the auditions videos, then decide yourself.

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Is Susan Boyle done already?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 18th 2009 2:29PM
Susan Boyle on LarryWell, Andy Warhol said everyone gets 15 minutes of fame, but has Susan Boyle's quarter-hour already expired? That's the opinion of New York columnist Michael Musto, but I think his Rolex knock-off is running fast. Musto thinks Boyle is done, but, you watch, Susan will be around for at least another week or two.

She was on Larry King Live on Friday. There's rumors that she's going to appear on Oprah, and I wouldn't put it past American Idol and Simon Cowell to spring her on us, giving 20 million Americans a chance to be amazed by her sweet voice and reviled by her hairy eyebrows.

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Susan Boyle sings Cry Me A River

by Annie Wu, posted Apr 17th 2009 10:04AM
Susan BoyleBritain's Got Talent has yet another clip currently sweeping the Internet, and it's in the form of Susan Boyle and her striking voice. In a craze that has made me never want to hear "Never judge a book by its cover" again, the clip of Boyle singing her heart out and wow-ing the visibly skeptical crowd has reminded us to never judge a book by ... its ... cover. Damn it, it's unavoidable, isn't it?

Well, point is, people want more, and thanks to some digging, The Daily Record has found a recording of Boyle singing "Cry Me A River" from an extremely limited 1999 charity CD. Give it a listen, Boyle fans. You'll be delighted.

And no, it's not the Justin Timberlake version.

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Simon Cowell producing Paramount's One Chance - VIDEO

by Kristin Sample, posted Jun 24th 2008 1:02PM
Simon Cowell will produce One ChanceSimon Cowell is producing One Chance at Paramount. The film will be about Paul Potts, the opera singer who competed on Britain's Got Talent. The performance on the show was his last effort at a music career. Potts, a cell phone salesman, had hit a streak of bad luck and only auditioned on BGT in 2007 on a whim. He ended up blowing away the judges, Cowell one of them. Potts won the show, went on an international music tour, and released an album.

Justin Zackman, the scribe from The Bucket List, will write the screenplay. Zackman is also working on Planetwalker, an environmental drama for Universal.

This is the American Idol judge's studio debut. Cowell is also working on a project about a musical reality show called Star Struck. I wonder if that will be anything like American Dreamz which starred Mandy Moore and Hugh Grant.

The video of Paul's audition for Britain's Got Talent is after the jump.

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Britain goes wild for Michael Jackson - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted May 1st 2008 2:02PM
britain's got talentIn the past few days, British viewers have uploaded at least two dozen copies of a recent performance on Britain's Got Talent. It's Suleman Mirza (aka "Signature"), who calls himself the "Michael Jackson Dancing Machine." He's an Indian performer with his own YouTube channel featuring all of his Michael Jackson-style dances. Mirza has a bit of an advantage in the show-- his bio says he's been performing Michael Jackson tribute dances for quite some time and has danced with some famous Bollywood stars.

I'm not going to ruin it for you, but let's just say that Suleman has a few tricks that drive the crowd wild. It's far better than anything that ever aired on America's Got Talent. Simon Cowell is a judge for the show and brings up a good point, though. Where can he go from this initial performance that had the audience jumping out of their seats?

Video is after the jump:

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