Susan Boyle Returns to Britain’s Got Talent 10 Years After First Audition, Brings Audience to Tears

By Paula Liu

A familiar face stepped foot on to the stage of the British talent show, Britain’s Got Talent, on April 13.

Susan Boyle made her return to the stage of the London Palladium 10 years after her first audition, performing the song “I Dreamed A Dream” from the musical “Les Misérables”—the same song she sang during her original audition, according to Entertainment Daily.

After a crowd-stunning performance, the audience erupted into applause.  She received a standing ovation and, in amidst the cheering and tears from the audience, Judge Simon Cowell made his way to the stage to embrace her, praising her ever-stunning voice.

“Still got the magic, Susan. Haven’t you,” Cowell said. “Thank you for coming.”

As Boyle left the stage, TV presenting duo Ant and Dec pulled her aside and gave her a hug as they praised each other offstage, with Ant and Dec telling Boyle how long it had been since they last saw her.

Boyle initially auditioned on the talent show back in 2009 and stunned the audience with her voice. In the 2009 competition, she made it as runner-up. Despite not winning the final prize, the competition kickstarted her singing career. Boyle has successfully sold 20 million records since then, according to Daily Mail.

Her debut album was released in the same year, and during that time, made it to the top of the charts as the best-selling debut album, beating out Leona Lewis’s Spirit.

But it wasn’t just the talent show audience and judges that were stunned and emotional over her return to the show; online fans from the UK were also very excited about it. Twitter fans’ comments were clear that Boyle was still a very much-loved star.

One user wrote in a tweet, “I remember Susan Boyle’s audition from 10 years ago, she still has an incredible voice.”

Others commented about how they erupted into tears when listening to Boyle’s voice, calling it amazing.

Susan Boyle On America’s Got Talent

After launching her successful singing career since 2009, she also made an appearance in the United States.

Boyle, along with other notable contestants from previous seasons of America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, and offshoot shows in various countries competed against each other as they returned for the show’s new format, according to the NBC website.

Susan Boyle made a stunning comeback on the new “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” on the show’s Jan. 7 premiere where she sang her rendition of “Wild Horses. The audience and all judges gave Boyle a standing ovation and, after the applause died down, Mel B. awarded Boyle’s performance the show’s golden buzzer.

I was absolutely thrilled when I was invited to perform on America’s Got Talent: The Champions. To perform for the best…

Posted by Susan Boyle on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

By granting Boyle the golden buzzer, judges allowed Boyle to jump directly to the live shows and she was exempt from the intervening rounds of the competition, People reported. In each episode, the judges are only allowed to hit the golden buzzer once.

“You know what Susan? I can’t think of any other contestant who has defined this show better than you,” said Simon Cowell. “You made a huge difference in a lot of peoples’ lives and I’m absolutely thrilled you’re here.”

“That moment of watching you sing and watching you show up is the epitome … we use that as vernacular here at America’s Got Talent—I said, ‘You know what I want? I want that Susan Boyle moment. I want that jaw-dropping moment’—because you are what the show is,” said Howie Mandel.

Boyle ended up losing to Shin Lim, a 27-year-old Canadian born card magician.

NTD Reporter Colin Fredericson contributed to this article.