After a rough week that almost saw her leave "Britain's Got Talent," Susan Boyle stepped up to the stage in the show's final for what judge Piers Morgan called "the greatest performance" in the reality competition's history.
Once again singing the song that made her famous, "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables," Susan wowed judges Piers, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden, who nearly cried while watching the Scottish singer's dramatic performance. And when she was done, they all gave her a standing ovation.
"That to me was THE greatest performance I've seen in 'Britain's Got Talent' history… you should win. I loved it," Piers said as Susan turned away in embarrassment.
"You did it, girl, you did it for Scotland," Amanda added, noting, "Can I just say, Simon had a tear in his eye."
And Simon himself was impressed with SuBo's determination.
"You could have walked away [from the competition] and you could have had a lot of stuff coming your way in America," Simon told Susan, the reality show's breakout star. "Win or lose, you had the guts to come back here tonight, face your critics and you beat them and that's the most [important] thing…. You can walk away with your head held high. I absolutely adore you."
He added said he was glad he had gotten to know the "real Susan Boyle," who he called "a very nice, shy person who deserves a break."
The 48-year-old church volunteer became a sensation after her first appearance on the show, a video that has now been viewed on YouTube over 100 million times.
But she isn't the only contender in the reality competition final, which will declare a winner late Saturday evening. Hollie Steel, 10, who broke down sobbing on Friday night during her performance, gave a more confident effort on Saturday.
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