Susan Boyle returned in triumph to the franchise that launched her career in 2009 with an appearance on the “America’s Got Talent” results show on August 21. Watch her perform the song that launched her, “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables,” in the video above.
Boyle ended up as the runner-up on “Britain’s Got Talent” And she finished out of the top 5 on last winter’s “America’s Got Talent: The Champions.” Regardless of these results, Susan says she sees herself as “a champion for those who, maybe, don’t have the confidence to do things, for those that don’t have a voice, the ones who people tend to ignore. I feel I’m a champion for them.”
Before Susan sang, Simon Cowell reflected on her first audition a decade ago: “It felt like 10 minutes ago, the world fell in love with Susan Boyle and hated my guts.” He joined the other judges — Howie Mandel, who is also celebrating a decade long association with the show, as well as rookies Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union — in a standing ovation for Susan.
While Susan took part in the first edition of “AGT: The Champions,” her busy schedule prevented her from appearing on the upcoming “BGT: The Champions.” Simon is also the head judge on that version of the show, which is a ratings hit for ITV.