Remember Susan Boyle? Well, who could forget the Scottish chancer, who blew minds and set charts alight after her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2009?
It didn’t matter that Boyle finished second in the competition (dance troupe Diversity took out the main prize). Almost overnight, she’d become every mom’s fave and earned the distinction as one of the biggest-selling recording artists on the planet.
Boyle returned to her happy hunting ground of reality TV when she appeared Monday night on The Champions, the spinoff of NBC’s AGT, with a familiar face in Simon Cowell looking on from the judging desk.
In the preamble, Boyle spoke of her unlikely journey and her “unfulfilled promise”. When asked if she felt like a champion, Boyle responded, “a champion for those who maybe don’t have the confidence to do things. For those who don’t have a voice. The ones who people tend to ignore. I’ve been a champion for them.” Nearly ten years on, Susan Boyle still has something to prove.
The Got Talent legend got her Champions run off to the best possible start, her cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” earning a standing ovation from the room. “You know what, Susan,” Cowell remarked. “I can’t think of any other contestant who has defined this show better than you, I’m being honest with you. You’re the one. You’ve made a huge difference to a lot of people’s lives and I’m absolutely thrilled that you’re here.”
Cowell wasn’t the only one feeling the vibe. Mel B of the Spice Girls cut to the chase and slammed the golden buzzer. Boyle is one of 50 top acts lining up for a chance at victory on the new series. Watch her golden performance below.