Saturday, May 30, 2009

Now even Liam Gallagher is backing Susan Boyle to win tonight

Published Date: 30 May 2009
BOSSES at Britain's Got Talent yesterday declared that Susan Boyle was in "fantastic form and high spirits" ahead of the show's climax tonight.
Organisers admitted the Scots singer had had "a wobble" in the past few days, when she was involved in a confrontation with police outside her hotel.

But a spokeswoman for the programme yesterday insisted there was no question of the

pulling out of the
final, on which bookmakers expect punters to gamble more than £3 million.

William Hill said it was taking bets that Boyle will perform in the West End before the end of the year, snatch the Christmas Number One slot and even propose to judge Piers Morgan during tonight's show.

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and Scottish Labour Party leader Iain Gray yesterday emerged as Boyle's latest unlikely admirers – the latter admitting he was reduced to tears by her first performance.

The West Lothian singer's idol, Elaine Paige, issued a last-minute good luck message to the church volunteer, who is thought to have been on the verge of walking out of the programme because of the strain she was under. She was said to have lost her cool after being harassed by journalists and members of the public on Wednesday, after which she considered quitting the contest.

The show's spokeswoman said: "She has had a bit of a wobble, but is all right now. Susan will definitely be in the final. She's in fantastic form and high spirits.

"The only pressure she's been under has been as a result of harassment from the media, who were asked to stay away from the hotel where the contestants were staying."

Writing on his blog yesterday, Morgan said: "My bet is that she will respond with the performance of her life at the final.

"This is one tough lady who has had to fight since the day she was born, and there is no way she's going to quit now."

Meanwhile, outspoken rocker Gallagher has revealed his softer side by backing Boyle to win the programme.

He declared: "Susan Boyle, I'm bang into it, man. But she's had it all sewn up from the first audition, hasn't she?"

The singer, from Blackburn, became an overnight internet sensation after an initial appearance on the show in April.

Speaking about Ms Boyle's debut, Mr Gray said yesterday: "I don't know if I should admit this but I was in tears at the first performance, with everybody else."

Paige said she was "very touched" that Ms Boyle had chosen to sing Memory, one of her best-known songs, during the semi-final of Britain's Got Talent. The opening of the musical Cats in 1981 led to Paige's rendition of the classic song becoming one of her most successful hits.

"I'd like to wish Susan good luck for the final. I'll be watching with fingers crossed and hopefully I'll see her on my Radio 2 show very soon," she said.

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