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Susan Boyle: I Have Asperger's

Singer told she suffered brain damage, but 'my IQ was above average'

(Newser) - After a lifetime of being told she suffered brain damage, reclusive Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle finally sought out a specialist and came away with an entirely different diagnosis: Asperger's syndrome. "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid," she tells the Observer . "I... More »

Simon Cowell Egged on Live TV

Former Britain's Got Talent contestant takes her revenge on season finale

(Newser) - A woman on Britain's Got Talent has done what so many failed reality show contestants have long dreamed about: egging Simon Cowell live on camera, reports EW . During the show's finale today, a viola player playing as part of a backing orchestra for one of the finalists jumped... More »

Susan Boyle Musical to Open in 2012

'I Dreamed a Dream' chronicles singer's rise to fame

(Newser) - Producers say the spectacular rise to fame of singer Susan Boyle is being turned into a stage musical that will tour Britain, the US, and Australia. But if you're hoping to see the internet sensation herself, you're out of luck: Scottish actress Elaine C. Smith has been cast... More »

CNN's New Larry King: Piers Morgan

Talent show judge on the verge of $8M deal

(Newser) - The mystery of who will replace Larry King is over—probably: CNN is about to sign Piers Morgan. The former newspaper editor and British talk show host, best known as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and its American counterpart, is looking to commit to a four-year contract that... More »

Boyle's Now a Prisoner of Her Own Fame

Singer can't fade into obscurity like author Harper Lee

(Newser) - It's been exactly 1 year since Susan Boyle's star-making turn on Britain's Got Talent , and the singer is now crazy famous—but she doesn't seem to be enjoying it much. Friends say Boyle's suffered a breakdown and doesn't enjoy her celebrity, writes Ben Macintyre for the Times of London . She... More »

Singing Granny Goes Viral

Britain's Got Talent finds another diamond in the rough: Janey Culter

(Newser) - In an almost eerie rerun of the Susan Boyle incident, Britain's Got Talent has found yet another unlikely star: angel-voiced 81-year-old Janey Cutler. The video of Cutler's "spine-tingling" performance of Edith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien" has racked up 407,000 views on YouTube, and, according to... More »

Susan Boyle Lands Deal for Autobiography

'The Woman I Was Born to Be' will be out in the fall

(Newser) - Susan Boyle is out to conquer a new medium. The Scottish singer is working on an autobiography to be published in the fall, reports the BBC . The Woman I Was Born to Be will chronicle her unlikely rise to fame after she appeared on Britain's Got Talent, with the main... More »

Susan Boyle 'Shocked' by Home Invader

Scottish singer unharmed; police nab man for questioning

(Newser) - Singer Susan Boyle is “unharmed” but still “shocked” after a late-night run-in with a mysterious man who had infiltrated her home. The Scottish chanteuse and reality star was coming home around 10pm after recording a Haiti charity single. “Susan returned home with a friend and found an... More »

Boyle Debut Fastest-Selling Ever in UK

With 410K copies sold, I Dreamed a Dream tops Brit charts

(Newser) - Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream has nabbed the record for best first-week sales of a debut album in UK chart history. The breakthrough Britain’s Got Talent singer’s record sold 410,000 copies last week, easily topping big draws like Rihanna and Lady Gaga and becoming the... More »

Boyle Breaks Pre-Order Record

Debut album for Britain's Got Talent star is selling fast

(Newser) - Susan Boyle's popularity shows no signs of dying down: The Britain's Got Talent runner-up is releasing her first album Nov. 23, and it has already broken Amazon's record for most pre-orders, the New York Daily News reports. "Although it's normal to see early enthusiasm for artists who have come... More »

Susan Boyle Is Not a Sideshow

After her stellar performance on America's Got Talent , it's time to take Boyle seriously

(Newser) - Susan Boyle’s performance last night on America’s Got Talent “was exactly what Boyle's mentor, Simon Cowell, could have hoped for—lovely, inspirational, free of surprises,” writes Ann Powers in the Los Angeles Times. “No matter that it was canned” or that she was nervous. Boyle's... More »

Starring as Susan Boyle: Robin Williams. Maybe.

(Newser) - A biopic of Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle just got some added star power, the UK tabloid Daily Star reports. Robin Williams, no stranger to cross-dressing, has been approached to play the dowdy Britain’s Got Talent songstress. “I’ve been asked if I want to play Susan in... More »

Boyle: I Did It for My Mom

Fame hasn't gone to singing sensation's head

(Newser) - Soaring to stardom was “too big for anyone to handle,” says Susan Boyle. But in her first major magazine interview, the singer doesn't pause when asked whether she’s glad she went on Britain’s Got Talent: “Come on! It goes without saying,” she tells Harper’... More »

Boyle Bumps Obama Presser

(Newser) - Susan Boyle may have lost in the final of Britain's Got Talent, but the Scottish spinster prevailed in an even bigger battle—with Barack Obama. When the White House told TV networks it was scheduling the president's news conference for 9pm Eastern time, NBC refused on the grounds that it... More »

Boyle: 'I Don't Want It to End'

(Newser) - In her first formal interview since losing Britain’s Got Talent, Susan Boyle tells the Today show she never wants to lose her unlikely star status, Access Hollywood reports. “Being plucked from obscurity, it’s like a long journey, really,” Boyle says to Meredith Viera in a segment... More »

Boyle's Dream May Move to Dance Floor

Plus, Beyonce launches fashion line, and more

(Newser) - What’s next for Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle? Maybe some remixing. “A dance mix of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ would go down a storm in the clubs,” a member of a UK dance group tells the Mirror. Elsewhere:
  • Beyoncé’s alter ego, Sasha
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Cowell: I Goofed With Boyle

(Newser) - Simon Cowell admitted that he overestimated the strength of startling songbird Susan Boyle during her trials in Britain's Got Talent. The fragile overnight-superstar has been emotionally overwhelmed, canceling another concert last week. "She seemed fine with all the attention. I thought perhaps naively that she was in control,"... More »

Boyle Sits Out Another Show

Troubled singer is still planning Las Vegas run

(Newser) - Susan Boyle’s tour troubles continued last night when she was dropped from a third Britain’s Got Talent show. Spokespeople said she was “just tired,” but witnesses saw her crying for her cat on her hotel room balcony, the Daily Mail reports. “She kept shouting, ‘... More »

Boyle Likely Coming to US This Summer

(Newser) - Susan Boyle will likely be traveling to the US this summer to appear on America's Got Talent, reports People. “If she’s up for it and she is well enough, our feeling is she probably will," said judge Piers Morgan. "Absolutely.” The NBC talent show, back... More »

Boyle's Comeback Earns Standing O

Scots love her, but most fan mail is from US

(Newser) - Susan Boyle has taken back her rightful place as beloved reality TV phenomenon. Her return to the stage last night brought fans in Scotland to their feet, People reports. “They were cheering her on. And she was ecstatic with the performance,” her rep says. Even though the Scots... More »

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