June 1st, 2009
02:59 PM ET
The first time I watched the infamous Susan Boyle YouTube, I cried- I’ll admit it. I might have shed a tear the second time I watched it too. There was something about watching an ordinary woman do the extraordinary that truly touched me. I wasn’t the only one she made an impact on- that original audition has had over 100 million hits on YouTube to date.
Susan became a worldwide sensation and an instant celebrity but as every celebrity will tell you there is a price to fame. Along with makeovers and appearances on Oprah come constant paparazzi and naysayers waiting for you to fail. Within the last week Susan appeared to be on the brink- she lost her cool with journalists in the lobby of her hotel and there were rumors that she was threatening to quit the show.
Despite all of that Susan Boyle stood on the stage of Britain’s Got Talent and sang her heart out during the finals this weekend. She sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, the song from the famous YouTube clip where the world fell in love with her in the first place. She wowed the judges who applauded her for not only her performance, but for her grace under pressure.
It seemed as if her fate was sealed and she would be crowned the winner; but it was not meant to be. The dance group Diversity was named the winner and Susan Boyle, looking worn and defeated was gracious, saying “The best people won.”
Details are still emerging about what exactly happened once Susan went back to her hotel that night. There are reports in the British media that Susan had checked into London’s Priory clinic but citing confidentiality they would not reveal whether she had been admitted. What we do know right now is that she is taking some time off to recover from the rollercoaster that her life has been for the last few weeks.
In a statement to Showbiz Tonight the production company for Britain’s Got Talent said:
“Following Saturday night's show, Susan is exhausted and emotionally drained. She has been seen by her private GP who supports her decision to take a few days out for rest and recovery. We offer her our ongoing support and wish her a speedy recovery.”
For the latest developments on Susan Boyle’s incredible journey and what really happened after the Britain’s Got Talent finale be sure to tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN- don’t miss it!
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