On Saturday, Susan Boyle lost "Britain's Got Talent" and on Sunday she lost her way. She was admitted into a clinic suffering from exhaustion. All of the attention finally proved to be too much for this 48-year-old spinster from a small Scottish village. She came to fame a mere seven weeks ago when her first audition for "Britain's Got Talent" became a You Tube sensation.
"Britain's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan told the BBC that Susan Boyle was feeling "physically and mentally drained" prior to her admission to the Priory clinic. That private facility is well known for helping celebrities deal with mental health issues. In the week leading up to Saturday's final, Susan Boyle's behavior came under fire by the notorious British press.
On Saturday night, Susan Boyle was gracious in defeat. Dance group Diversity bested her in the public vote, receiving 24.9% to her 20.2% of the nearly 4 million votes cast. The third-place finisher, saxophonist Julian Smith, earned 16.4% with the other seven finalists, splitting the remaining 40%. Unlike "American Idol," it costs money to vote in "Britain's Got Talent" — 50 pence (about 80 cents) for each call.
When the shock result was announced, Susan Boyle beamed with delight and told show hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, "The best people won. They are very entertaining lads," before turning to Diversity to say, "Lads, I wish you all the best."
And on the follow-up "Britain's Got More Talent," she reiterated, "I think the best people won — I really do." When that show's host, Stephen Mulhern, asked Boyle about her own plans, she said, "I hope to get an album out. I'll just play it by ear." And when asked to sum up the experience, she said, "What a journey. Unbelievable, and very humbling. Thank you for everything."