Almost two months after Susan Boyle burst onto the world stage — and into a media hailstorm — the 48-year-old Scottish singer returned to "Britain's Got Talent" on Sunday night to sing another musical number and win a spot in the competition's finale.
In contrast to the sneering response she received when she first appeared in front of the audience in April, this time Boyle emerged from the angelic glow of opening doors to ecstatic applause after being introduced as "the woman from a tiny village with a big, big voice."
Boyle chose to perform "Memory," from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Cats." She appeared to begin the song nervously, but recovered to receive a standing ovation from the crowd and the judges, including Simon Cowell. By the show's end, Boyle had been named a "BGT" finalist, winning the "public vote" of viewers. She'll appear in the final competition at the end of the month.
"All my life, I've always striven to prove myself, that I can be accepted, that I'm not the worthless person that people think I am, that I do have something to offer," Boyle said before her performance, the final act of the night.
Wearing a sparkling dress and sporting a wide smile, she said she was not nervous during her performance. "What pressure?" she said after finishing. "I've really enjoyed myself tonight."
In footage played before the performance, Boyle said she's eager to win the competition and perform in front of the Queen. And she joked about her recent exposure to Web video. "YouTube is fairly new to me," she said. "The only tube I knew was a tube of Smarties."