British Prepare To Select New Singing Star

Susan Boyle, the less-than-glamorous, 48-year-old Scottish woman who became an overnight sensation on "Britain's Got Talent," got a standing ovation Sunday night performing "Memory" for the semifinal round.

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DAVID GREENE, host:

America got its newest American Idol last week, while in Britain, TV viewers are preparing to select their new national singing star on the show "Britain's Got Talent." One of the finalists is going to be this woman.

(Soundbite of song, "Memory")

Ms. SUSAN BOYLE (Contestant, "Britain's Got Talent"): (Singing) Touch me. It's so easy to leave me all alone with the memory of my days in the sun.

GREENE: That's Susan Boyle, the less than glamorous 48-year-old Scottish woman who became an overnight sensation in an earlier appearance on the show. Yesterday, she performed "Memory" from "Cats" in the semi-final round. She received a standing ovation and the ever-generous judge Simon Cowell told her: You're one special lady.

(Soundbite of cheering and applause)

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