Surprise singing sensation Susan Boyle made a new television appearance today, showcasing once again her soaring voice—but refusing to compromise on the frumpy look that made her an Internet sensation. The shy church volunteer gave a rousing, but occasionally nervous, performance on the American Idol-style show Britain's Got Talent, with a version of the song "Memory" from the musical Cats.
Members of the public voting in a telephone poll picked her as the best of eight performers who appeared, meaning she will sing again in the contest's final next Saturday. Flashing a broad smile, Boyle danced in delight as her winning results were announced and said had relished the chance to perform. "Fantastic, absolutely fantastic," she said. "What pressure? I've really enjoyed myself tonight."