Boyle Places Second In 'Britain's Got Talent'
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
It is not turning out to be a fairy tale ending yet for Susan Boyle. She, of course, is the Scottish singer who wowed the world on YouTube with her surprisingly beautiful rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream." And her last hurdle on the show "Britain's Got Talent" was a face-off Saturday night against a lively street dance troupe called Diversity.
(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT")
U: The winner of "Britain's Got Talent 2009" is Diversity.
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MONTAGNE: Good morning.
ROB GIFFORD: Good morning, Renee.
MONTAGNE: Rob, it's sort of a sad moment, at least, in this story. What do we know about Susan Boyle's condition?
GIFFORD: Well, we don't know very much at all, except that she has been admitted to a clinic here in London. The television company that makes "Britain's Got Talent" issued a statement saying that she was exhausted after the show. And it has been a real roller coaster for her, emotionally, and in every way over the last couple of months since she first came to the attention of the general public in that first program.
S: She's been all over the media, all over the Internet. And on top of that, on Saturday night, she didn't win as expected. So it has been very difficult for her, I think, and I think there's a lot of sympathy for her and she just needs a little bit of time and a little bit of space to recover, emotionally, from this crazy last couple of months.
MONTAGNE: And what are people saying about why Susan Boyle lost? At least those of us in the outside world were thinking, well, you know, she has to win, of course. She's such a sensation.
GIFFORD: And some people say that she lost that sort of image of the ingÃÂ©nue who'd stepped out of her village in Scotland. And people thought maybe she's a bit sort of more unstable than we thought.
MONTAGNE: What is likely to happen to her now? I mean, one of the things she said during this whole program was she wanted to go on, make an album.
GIFFORD: But I think the crucial thing at the moment is that she just takes a bit of time to stand back, step back and recover from it. But certainly the judges in the show on Saturday night were in no doubt that she was going to go on to be a star even though she didn't win.
MONTAGNE: Rob, thanks very much.
GIFFORD: Thank you very much, Renee.
MONTAGNE: NPR's Rob Gifford speaking to us from London.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I DREAMED A DREAM")
MONTAGNE: (Singing) I dreamed a dream in time gone by, when hope was high and life worth living. I dreamed that love would never die. I dreamed that God would be forgiving.
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Correction June 2, 2009
We said Susan Boyle had been "flown to the United States to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s show." In fact, the interview was conducted remotely via a video link; Boyle remained in the U.K.