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Susan Boyle no longer sure thing to win 'Britain's Got Talent'

May 29, 2009 | 12:26 pm

Susan Boyle, the YouTube sensation, is no longer the clear front-runner to win the third season of "Britain's Got Talent." The live final — with 10 acts culled from five semi-finals — airs tomorrow night in Britain. The winner will be chosen by a public vote via telephone. And, unlike "American Idol," each telephone ballot cast costs money — 50 pence or about 80 cents.

Susan Boyle Britain's Got Talent Final Susan Boyle won the first semi-final last Sunday with her pitchy performance of "Memory." Since then there have been strong showings by other contenders. The first place finisher each night gets a guaranteed place in the final with the last semi airing tonight. The other three acts to top the public vote so far are street dancers Flawless, father and son comedy dance team Stavros Flatley, and saxophonist Julian Smith.

Though these three are all now proven fan favorites, the act that reportedly got Susan Boyle riled was 12-year-old boy singer Shaheen Jafarghol. He did not rank first in his heat on Tuesday, but his performance of "I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" earned him enough votes to come in either second or third.

At that point, it was up to the three judges (Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan) to decide whether to put him or the other runner-up — dance troupe MD Showgroup — through to the final. With Piers Morgan calling him "'the best singing performance we have heard in the semi-finals so far" Jafarghol earned a slot in the final and a spot on Boyle's list of serious rivals.

As the public has to spend money to vote in "Britain's Got Talent," the winning act has to earn their respect. And these reports of bad behavior by Susan Boyle will not help her cause. While the world took to her last month when they saw her as a humble Scottish spinster, any diva-like outbursts will lose her votes and perhaps even the final.

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filipinos love susan boyle she is the true winner. there are many street dance group can beat diversity here in the philippines. but not susan boyle....

SUSAN ARE A WINNER
BRITAIN IS SMALL FOR HIM
SHE IS A STAR AND THE STAR IT WAS THE SKY
AND THE WORLD...
SUSAN ARE A DIVINE VOICE...

Too bad.. Susan Boyle came in SECOND to the dance troupe "DIVERSITY" tonight on BGT. Perhaps this is a good thing-i don't think Susan could take the pressure of being the champion. Congrats to DIVERSITY! And "well done" to Susan.

HOW CAN LOSING YOUR TEMPER CHANGE THE QUALITY OF HER VOICE !!!
EVERY STAR HAS SOME NEGATIVE STUFF IN THE MEDIA. WHOMEVER SAYS ANYTHING BAD ABOUT SUSAN BOYLE IS JUST "JEALIOUS !!!"

ALL I HAVE BEEN LIVING FOR IS TO WATCH,LISTEN AND PRAY SUSAN BOYLE WINS !!!
SHE PROMISED HER MUM SHE WOULD DO HER BEST AND SHE WANTS TO SING FOR THE QUEEN !
SHE TAUGHT US, NEVER GIVE UP AND FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS !!!!!!
ANITA GRACE - USA

I hope Susan Boyle wins, although Shaheen is great, too. Unfortunately, the general public is fickle. Once an underdog becomes the top contender, they are no longer the underdog and a lot of their come-from-behind appeal vanishes.

The show should have assigned Susan a coach, due to the overwhelming publicity and her inexperience in handling it. It's not exactly fair to expect a novice to behave like a media-savvy professional.

My heart goes out to Susan if she blew her chances by losing her temper. The pressure on her is a lot more intense than it is on Shaheen. She won't have as many chances in the future. Shaheen has decades still ahead and many more chances to be a winner, so there is less pressure on him about this one opportunity.

Too bad the fickle media is eager to drag down the frontrunner in the name of a sensational upset.

As far as Susan's last performance went, I don't think she deserves to win. The singing was terrible, whether she was nervous or not. The overall quality of singers this year is pretty low, with one or two exceptions, Susan not being one of them.

If Susan Boyle doesn't win it will be because of her final performance. These other acts are not in her class.

As in all things the hype has created a monster media circus. And the LA times is the last place to get the real news. It's like comparing MSNBC to Fox News. They are partial for one political party over another.

Susan Boyle wins, no question.

Susan Boyle will be hard to beat. She's a good singer with a back story and personality people can identify with. Her fans are so passionate about her winning BGT and are willing to spend the cash and vote,

She wanted to be a professional singer but wasn't prepared to deal with being a celebrity. She'll have an album out within 7-days after the finals, win or lose, and make a tidy sum. Similar to what they did with Paul Potts and other singing talent..

As far as YouTube, many are upset that SuBo's fans are basically posting promotional SuBo graffiti at many legendary artists and song videos and saying she can sing those songs better. That's going too far IMHO.

She is a lovely singer...Why can't some people leave well enough alone? Just once I would like to see something good come out of this without all the crap...
That something good meaning Susan Boyle...

Have watched all of the performances and Susan Boyle is head and shoulders above the rest. Her style, her voice, her talent and her history spells winner for me. Go Susan Boyle - we will be rooting for you here in the US.

Anyone who can bribg out emotions like Susan has is a star.

Not my choice. Not the "total" package.

Susan Boyle gets my vote

I can't see how her popularity has changed any. Have any of the other contestants had 200 million hits on You Tube etc? I don't think so.

Maybe, it's just me... but aren't there 3 Scottish Flags below the judges?

Agree with all of the above comments. The media has a lot to answer for once again.

Susan Boyle is talented and deserves to win. Leave her alone.

This is the most idiotic analysis of the entire tempest in a teapot that I have read thus far today -- and that includes all the London tabloids, hardly known for their journalistic excellence. Have you checked the betting odds with the London bookmakers lately? Even ever heard of fact checking? And this is purportedly the LA Times, for God's sake.

if this is the verdict of the los angeles times ,,forget it .. no one reads that paper ... the outcome?? susan Boyle will win... the kids will disappear into the night.. it is her time.. and time for for world to wake up.. just like Kate smith did to all the american songs .. sheis real and USA and the world is on the way up.. Bravo susan you rocked their world .. I love it...

ole well, this is all FREE publicity for her. Money can't buy this much 'print'.

Win or loose news 'people' will write anything to get read, to cause comment, and keep their jobs.

Simon must be in his glory because all this print is allowing her to be 'known' and talked about worldwide. Publicity means sales. Bad publicity means mega sales. So let them say what they say and make things up after all they do about anyone of whom they think will get them read.

Today you are going to see the best performance Susan Boyle has ever done. No doubt the tabloids have tried with no avail to find "smut" on Susan Boyle. Her life has been an open book for the past Month and no dirt has been found. Susan Boyle was set up and purposely provoked. Susan, go sing and Blow them away !!

I agree with Peter and fastdriver. LEAVE SUSAN BOYLE ALONE!!!! She has done wonders for the entire world, thanks to Youtube. SHE IS NOT PERFECT, SHE IS HUMAN and as such SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. We may all be surprised by what she and the rest of the contestants have in store for all of us on Saturday. So let them do their "own thing", talent wise. Best wishes to ALL of the contestants!!!!!!!!!

She is cracking under the strain. From mere existence to this has to be a shocker, she will get used to it. She will be fine. That boy is creepy.

Susan did nothing wrong. In fact, what she did was highly intelligent.

The entire show is rigged. Watch their faces. Watch their expressions. Then watch them a 2nd time. Notice what you see.

Susan Boyle's voice is that of an angle. With this it should never be stopped. As it proves that angles voices do come to the every day people of the world, and was placed here for us to hear.

 

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