At the age of 57, Susan Boyle of Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland made a majestic comeback. The Scottish singer was one of the 10 contestants featured in “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” episode 1, which aired on NBC on January 7, 2019.
Hosted by Terry Crews, “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” stars Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel as the judges. It features 50 winners, finalists and notable contestants from previous seasons of the NBC reality talent competition show including acts from its franchises worldwide.
The “America’s Got Talent” spin-off will have seven episodes. Among the 10 acts in the first episode, Boyle was two of the contestants confirmed to advance to the finals.
Boyle proved that she is still one of the best singers to ever compete in a “Got Talent” franchise, if not the best. After her performance of “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones, she received the Golden Buzzer from Mel B.
Both Mel B and Cowell joined Boyle onstage while confetti were falling. Welcomed by the studio audience with standing ovation, the Scottish was speechless as she displayed the humility that she was known for.
In 2008, Boyle made headlines when she auditioned for “Britain’s Got Talent.” Before singing, she told Cowell that she wanted to become a professional singer.
In response, members of the studio audience laughed, which is such a deplorable situation. It is sad that these people found it funny for a person like Boyle, who was not young and and did not look like a typical pop star, dreamt of becoming a professional singer.
In the end, Boyle exhibited her raw singing talent, which surprised not only the studio audience but also people from the around the world. Since then, people who are not young and who do not look like a typical pop star are no longer laughed at when they audition in reality talent competition shows.
Respecting people regardless of physical appearance is innately human. Unfortunately for others, they needed to watch a majestic performance from Boyle for them to realize this basic human virtue.
Boyle taught the world a basic lesson in 2008. More than a decade later, she proved that she still has that magic that enthralled the world.
Along with Boyle, stand-up comedian Preacher Lawson also advanced to the finals by outvoting the other eight acts in “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” episode 1. Watch the Scottish singer’s performance of “Wild Horses” here: