‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions:’ Susan Boyle Gets Standing Ovation, Golden Buzzer In Return To Competition [VIDEO]
America’s Got Talent: The Champions premiered on NBC Monday and 57-year-old Scotland native Boyle received a standing ovation as she walked onstage.
Boyle first appeared on AGT in April 2009 and became a worldwide sensation after she performed the famous number “I Dreamed A Dream” from the musical Les Miserables. She finished in second place that year, when Season 3 of the show came out. Since then, Boyle has reportedly sold over 20 million records. At the time, she said she felt like a winner despite finishing as the runner-up because she had helped give a voice to those who don’t have one, lack self-confidence or are ignored.
This time, Boyle opted to sing a different type of tune: the 1971 hit “Wild Horses” by The Rolling Stones. Judge Mel B was the first to give Boyle the Golden Buzzer on Monday, and the former Spice Girl also praised the Scottish contestant.
“What an absolute honor and pleasure it is to be sitting here and listening to you (and) your angelic voice,” Mel B told Boyle. “And I want to be the woman who gives you something you deserve.”
Judge Simon Cowell, who had previously lauded Boyle when she performed in 2009, voiced his adoration for her yet again on Monday’s premiere.
“I can’t think of any other contestant who has defined this show better than you,” Cowell told Boyle after her performance.
Boyle competed against nine other participants on Monday.
“I have something to prove,” she said ahead of her performance on Monday, per USA Today.
Boyle has thus reached the final round of AGT.
America’s Got Talent: The Champions will return on Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. EST on NBC with ten more former winners and finalists, including singing ventriloquist sensation Darci Lynne Farmer.