Susan Boyle, the iconic singer who made the “Got Talent” franchise a worldwide phenomenon a decade ago, was just whisked off of the “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” stage like rubbish during the season finale, and I’m not okay with that. After traveling all the way to America from her home in Scotland, this humble artist deserved better after being eliminated on Monday night. Do you agree with me that Susan was robbed of her time in the spotlight? Vote down in our poll below.
Even judge Simon Cowell, who was on the original “Britain’s Got Talent” Season 3 judging panel during Susan’s first audition in 2009, admitted in the “Champions” finale that she’s the reason for the show’s enormous success. “The Susan Boyle [audition] in particular went like crazy,” Simon noted as it coincided with the explosion of YouTube. “That was the point where I thought, wow, this really is a worldwide show and it has a much bigger reach than any of us could have imagined.”
Earlier this season Simon told Susan that “AGT: The Champions” wouldn’t be the same without her, and boy was he right. Both of her performances from this spinoff series went viral at YouTube, with “Wild Horses” from the first performance episode attracting 16 million views and “I Dreamed A Dream” nabbing 1.4 million views since last week’s Finals show. Susan’s latest album, titled “TEN,” is now available to pre-order.
In our recent poll that asked “AGT” viewers to name the act that most deserved to win, Susan came in third place with 16% of the vote. The season’s eventual winner, card magician Shin Lim, was second place at 21% while his runner-up, singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer, earned the top place in our poll at 28%. See more poll results.
With all of the support for Susan both on and off the show, doesn’t it seem strange that she wasn’t even given the chance to say a goodbye? Each of the Final 5 acts had special one-on-one moments with host Terry Crews: comedian Preacher Lawson, opera/rock singer Cristina Ramos, sand artist Kseniya Simonova, plus Darci and Shin. However, none of the acts that placed sixth through twelfth were given that honor, which is where Susan ranked based on the votes of the Superfans.
Hopefully if “AGT: The Champions” comes back next year for a second season, producers tweak this format to give each of the finalists the respect they deserve. Hey, a guy can dream a dream, can’t he?