Susan Takes 2nd Place!
Despite being the runaway favorite, Susan Boyle failed in her bid to net the big prize on Britain's Got Talent. She was beat in Saturday's finale by dance troupe Diversity and finished in second place.
"The best people won," Boyle said. "They are very entertaining lads. I wish you all the best."
Asked what the future holds by the show's hosts, Boyle added, "I hope to get an album out. Who knows? I will just play it by ear."
As for street dancers Diversity, judge Simon Cowell said, "You can see them open the Olympics. What you saw tonight was absolutely immaculate."
Cowell added of Boyle, "I am gutted for Susan but she was incredibly gracious. Susan's come out of this very well. We've never had a runner-up like Susan Boyle before. She's won over a lot of fans tonight through her graciousness. She's a really sweet person. She has a massive future ahead of her."
In the show's finale, the Scottish singer, who has captivated the world in the last seven weeks, reprised her performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" from the musical Les Miserables, the same song from her audition, which went on to be viewed 100 million times online.
Her prize would have been $150,000 and the chance to perform in front of Queen Elizabeth in the annual Royal Variety Performance.
After her barnstorming performance at the finale in London, Boyle demurely said a simple "thank you" to the people at home, the audience and the producers of the show. It had been a pressure-filled week for the 48-year-old, who had to be moved to a secret location after hounding by the media peaked as accusations flew of her swearing at her hotel.
Asked if it was worth it, she said, "Well worth it. I really feel at home on stage. Of course I do, I'm among friends."
The Judges' Take
The judges were more effusive. In the words of Piers Morgan, she sang the song "better than you did last time" and "that, to me, was the greatest performance in Britain's Got Talent history. I loved it." He, like fellow judges Cowell – who was famously stunned when he first saw her – and actress Amanda Holden were on their feet at the end of her performance.
With applause dying down, Holden told her, "Susan, I have never heard such powerful, confident vocals. You sang it so well this evening. You have been under an enormous amount of pressure but you did it, girl. Simon had a tear in his eye and I have never seen that before."
And Cowell said, "You had the guts to come back here tonight, face your critics and you beat them, and that's the most important thing. I've got to know the real Susan Boyle – which is not the person I've seen portrayed in the media – who is still a very nice shy person who just wants a break. I absolutely adore you."
The favorite from the beginning, Boyle became a household name after surprising the judges and the audience in the show that aired in April. And then, on May 24, she made it into the finale after performing "Memory" from the musical Cats in the semi-finals.
Since her first appearance caught the imagination of the world, Boyle, 48, has been analyzed at almost every step of the – even a $50 hairstyle was dubbed a makeover.
Britain Is Watching
On Saturday, more than 15 million viewers were expected to tune in and three of Boyle's nieces – including Kirsty Foy, who told PEOPLE, "We're all disappointed but very proud of Susan. She was fantastic tonight." – were in the audience. Back home in Blackburn, Scotland, families, including babies in strollers and infant carriers, gathered in the town's Community Education Centre. Handmade banners that read, "Good luck Susan," "Vote 4 Susan" and "Hands Up 4 Susan," were hung on brick walls. Fans watched on a giant screen with the show being projected and audio echoing throughout the hall.
When her image appeared, the crowd stood up and applauded so loudly Boyle's performance could hardly be heard. Some waved their hands in the air; some audience members stomped their feet, and others chanted "Susan, Susan, Susan." At the end, young boys left the hall chanting, "We love Susan Boyle!"
Before the results, Boyle told the TV cameras that people will see a "new Susan Boyle, Susan Boyle the singer. The pressure put on me this week has been overwhelming. It's the most important night of my life tonight. When I step on the stage it's the accumulation of 40 years of dreaming. A lifelong ambition."
Gregory Katz, Associated Press Writer
LONDON – Susan Boyle, the dowdy Scottish church volunteer who may or may not be a world-class singer, takes the stage for the finals of "Britain's Got Talent" on Saturday, with the public wondering if she will win the show or crack under the pressure.
All the amateur singer who suffers from learning disabilities has to do is outshine nine other competitors on live television in front of millions of viewers in Britain and a worldwide Internet audience.
And there have been signs Boyle is feeling the heat. She lost her cool during a confrontation with two reporters this week that saw police intervene. One contest judge said she even contemplated pulling out of the competition.
Judge Piers Morgan has called for everyone to back off Boyle, but said she would carry on, no matter what.
"She is one tough lady who has had to fight since the day she was born," he wrote on his blog Friday. "There is no way she's going to quit now as some of the papers seem to be suggesting, trust me."
"Britain's Got Talent" has mesmerized Britain all week as a bizarre range of competitors vie for Saturday's finals. The winner, to be announced at the end of the show, will earn a 100,000 pound ($159,000) prize and a chance to perform before Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Show.
The final won't be shown live in the United States, or streamed over the Internet — meaning U.S. fans will have to rely on video sharing sites like YouTube, where videos will be posted by the show's producers once it ends Saturday evening.
Boyle sailed through her last test — a performance Sunday of "Memory" from "Cats" — although she started poorly and did not seem to captivate the audience as much as in her first round. And if there is more evidence of diva-like behavior, Boyle risks breaking the almost mystical bond she enjoys with the British public.
SUSAN BOYLE'S SLAP AT A SNARK
Phil Spector was finally sentenced Friday to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot through the mouth in the music producer's home six years ago. Spector, 69, looked straight forward and showed no emotion as Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler ordered a term of 15 years to life for second-degree murder plus four years for personal use of a gun. He'll probably be out in 5 years. If he gets a break he may be able to obtain a mentally illness release to a mental illness facility.
Not saying that Spector is not guilty, but he is obviously mentally ill. LOOK at the FACE! OMG what a mess. OJ they let roam free to torture more people and destroy his children's lives too. Hollywood finally convicts a celebrity, frail, tiny, and insane Phil.
Why is Ryan O'Neal not in prison?? How bout that giant ass Tom Sizemore?? How many breaks does this dope fiend jerk deserve? They waiting for him to kill somebody before they restrain his druggy mania?
Well the world is finally safe from Phil.... we can all now finally sleep at night...
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Mel is having an OCTO baby just announced and to be aired this week On Jay Leno's last Tonight Show.
But who the hell cares?? If I read about more Angelina babies we will throw up. Now this maniac that already has 7 kids is going to be OCTO DAD.
We are fairly certain that while Mel filmed that Religious movie he went round the bend permanently. Mel's alcolholism is just a symptom of more underlying psychosis. We used to love him and his films but now Robin is correct to dump this maniac. She has suffered long enough.
BTW is Mel going to change his personally built Catholic church like Henry the 8th did so he can justify being divorced? We thought divorce in Catholic marriages is forbidden. Minimally he is to no longer take communion after being divorced.
More from People Magazine:
LOS ANGELES – Mel Gibson shared some baby news on Jay Leno's final week as "Tonight" show host.
Gibson's publicist Alan Nierob said the actor confirmed during the show's taping Monday that his girlfriend, 39-year-old Oksana Grigorieva, is pregnant. A phone message left with an NBC spokeswoman was not immediately returned.
The news comes only six weeks after Gibson's wife filed for divorce.
The 53-year-old Oscar winner has seven children with wife Robyn, but the couple has been separated for almost three years.
She cited irreconcilable differences in her April 13 divorce petition to end their marriage of 28 years.
We just remembers this fun story from about 1966 in the 5th grade. We had a lovely music teacher who brought in records and allowed the class to sing along with the records. Of course we all sounded just wonderful with the records!!!
Suddenly our techer left and was replaced by a not so charming teacher whose name we do remember but we'll be kind and call her Ms. Controlling.
On her first day she pused in an upright piano (no record player....) and in her controlling way insisted that the clas of 30 10 years old sing with just her voice and thst damn piano! YUCK
We sounded just awful.. Sooo being that we were rebellious children of the 60's we organized a "Singing Protest"! Can you imagine? 30 kids refused to SING!
Ms. Controlling hit a few keys and sang la la la la ready? And she launched into the sing for a full bar before noticing that not one kid was singing!
Well she tried again and again..... la la la ready? a la la la ready? a la la la ready?
Still no singing..... We sat there straight face and not a peep was uttered.
So Ms. C runs out of the classroom and gets the principal. She threatens and yells at us commanding us to SING!
NOPE NO SINGING HAPPENING HERE!
So they yanked our recess for the rest of the year. But the next year... We got our charming teacher and the records BACK! The fifth grade rebellion won out!
WE ARE IN SUSAN'S CORNER ALL THE WAY! YOU GO SNARKY SUSAN!!!
By Natasha Stoynoff PEOPLE
Susan Boyle dazzled
The 48-year-old Scottish singer defeated seven other performers by belting out "Memory" from the musical Cats, and drew a standing ovation from the live audience.
"You are one special lady, I have to say, you really are," panel judge Simon Cowell told her after her performance.
Cowell then apologized to the now-famously never-been-kissed church volunteer for underestimating her when she first auditioned in April.
"You know what, I just want to apologize because of the way we treated you before you sang the first time," he said. "You made me and everyone else look very stupid and I'm very happy for you, very proud for you."
Back then, she knocked the judges socks off when she crooned "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables.
This time, the songstress' new makeover was also a knockout. Though she promised she'd never change too much, on Sunday Boyle wore a sparkly purple dress, professional-looking makeup and showed off well-groomed eyebrows – yes, the once-frumpy Boyle looked downright glamorous as all eyes were upon her.
"What pressure?" she said, when asked after her performance if she had been nervous. "It was really good tonight, I really enjoyed it ... I'm very happy to be here and thank you all for your support."
Watch Boyle's semi-finals performance here.
The Snarkies lost TWICE!!! We are just stunned! First Dancing with the Stars picks the little gymnast! What??? Cheryl or Tony would have been perfect, either pair would have been sweet. Even Mark was stunned that they won!!
Unbelievable but at least the little gymnast could dance but ballroom? NO!
At the very least this was not as much of a rip off as Mel B losing to the idiot race car driver though. That was the worst ever. Maks and Mel B haven't been topped yet in our not humble opinions.
Then we moved to American IDOL!
KRIS OVER ADAM??? Kris is talented and a good musician but do you really think he can follow DAVID COOK? OH HELL NO..... ADAM could have though!
Week after week this entire season ADAM brought it! He morphed into every category they threw at him. He is absolutely fabulous on every level. He is an IDOL. Sorry Kris is too bland however talented and cute, Adam blows him right off that stage. Luckily they will both get record deals. Let's see what happens with their release numbers.... hmmmm
All we can say is that vote had to be awfully close.... Also the week before the final the call in numbers fro Adam weren't working and transferring votes over to Kris's line. We resorted to texting instead. The Idol Producers really need to work out a newer more effect voting system.
On the whole both shows were really great this year and every participant really gave the best to entertain and we were really having a blast each weekwatching both shows.
We thank them all for their huge efforts!
Remembering our many lost War Veterans this Memorial Day....
Barbra and the snarkies!
Ann Arbor has always been jealous of us!
YpsiTucky Festival Set For September
POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2009
UPDATED: 2:59 pm EDT May 19, 2009
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The name of a new bluegrass festival in Ypsilanti is stirring up some controversy.
The festival, "YpsiTuckey Jamboree," is scheduled for this summer.
Erik Dotzauer, executive director of the Depot Town Community Development Corp., told the Ann Arbor News he wants to educate people on the heritage behind "YpsiTucky".
Some critics said the term YpsiTuckey has a negative connotation and has been used to show negative aspects of Ypsilanti's southern heritage.
As of now, organizers said they would not be changing the name.
We are hoping that Tony and Melissa win the disco ball. But Cheryl and Gilles are so hot that we'll be happy eith either one.
Are votes have all been for Tony dovolani this season as our sentimental favorite. He has put up with the worst partners since the beginning and we hope he finally gets the recognition he deserves.
We love Gilles and Melissa both. It does seem that they were pretty danced trained from the beginning but who cares? We have a really exciting finale to watch.
This happened on a flight getting ready to depart
Jack was sitting on the plane when a guy took
the seat beside him. The guy was an emotional
wreck, pale, hands shaking, moaning in fear.
"What's the matter?" Jack asked..
"I've been transferred to DETROIT, there's
crazy people there.
Its "Gangland" where all the crooked
Politicians and cops are from.They've
got lots of shootings, gangs, race riots,
drugs, poor public schools, and the
highest crime rate in America."
Jack replied, "I've lived in DETROIT
all my life. It's not as bad as the media
says. Find a nice home, go to work,
mind your own business, enroll your
kids in a nice private school.. It's as
safe a place as anywhere in the world."
The guy relaxed and stopped shaking
and said, "Oh, thank you. I've been
worried to death. But if you live there
and say it's OK, I'll take your word
for it. What do you do for a living?"
"Me?" said Jack. "I'm a tail gunner
on a Budweiser truck."
Farrah Fawcett's TV special doesn't really tell her story
The executive producer who's suing to regain creative control of the NBC special "Farrah's Story" says he's putting up a fight because "it's not the show Farrah Fawcett wanted."
In an exclusive, in-depth interview with Gold Derby, Craig Nevius says Farrah Fawcett wanted the program to be presented in a diary format — not in the traditional documentary mode with talking heads, as was used — emphasizing urgent medical and legal issues that got downplayed in the final telecast.
Also, Nevius believes Fawcett would not have OK'd the inclusion of her troubled, 24-year-old son Redmond O'Neal, who is shown in prison uniform and leg chains as he climbs in bed with her, crying, "Mommy…Mommy." Fawcett appears to be so sick that she's oblivious to what's going on.
Watch this show HERE
The Snarkies are so totally furious that dirt bag Ryan O'Neal is doing a promotional tour regarding her obviously terminal illness. Is there nothing beneath this man?
He taught all of his children how to live in a drug filled world. Blames his issues on his kids. Punches the teeth out of his son, and now is on the talk show and media circuit blabbing his big mouth about poor Farrah.
Let the woman have some peace for crying out loud why isn't he in jail with Redmond???
Just another celebrity that gets away with everything because he once was a handsome leading man ala OJ. Makes us sick. Somebody make this man shut his trap!
He will one day face all the crappy things he has done to those closest to him.
Does he really have to tell the entire media about the condition of her HAIR??? Come on this guy is just unbelievable. If Ryan really loved her as he is parading around all over the media, he would be with her instead of on his arrogant self absorbed media tour.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza said he could not consider the case unless Polanski, who fled the United States for France after pleading guilty to rape, showed up in his court. Sure come on back here Roman! Just stay in France!
Lawyers for the Oscar-winning director made clear this week that Polanski would not return to the United States to contest his conviction in person because he would be immediately arrested. He cannot be extradited from France.
The lawyers have said they will appeal Espinoza's ruling on constitutional grounds, (which are???) alleging that misconduct by the original prosecutors and the judge had deprived Polanski of his right to a fair hearing.
Polanski had sought to have his 1978 guilty plea to having sex with a 13-year-old girl thrown out on the grounds that the judge at the time was improperly coached by a prosecutor. Who pleaded GUILTY? DUH
Espinoza said in February that there was "substantial misconduct" in the original case against Polanski and gave him until May 7 to turn up in his court to pursue the matter. Polanski did not appear. Of course not....
Polanski fled to France in the 1970s because he was convinced the judge in the case intended to send him to prison despite a plea agreement with prosecutors.
He has never set foot on U.S. soil since his flight to France, (nor has he been missed) Once less child molester to monitor the better...
"It's gonna be tough for me," the Idol champ told the crowd of 450 at the Musica theater in Akron, Ohio, on Friday night. "Hold on. I'm sorry. Do you mind if I sing a different song?"
Taking the beat up a notch, Cook then energized the crowd, who passed up flowers and cards and held up signs in honor of his brother, Adam, who died May 2 at age 37 of cancer.
It was a night of emotional extremes for Cook, 26, now back on tour after Adam's death. Speaking of his brother throughout the night, he struggled through some songs – even walking out in the middle of one of them – but exhibited swagger on others.
Wizard Of Oz Munchkin Mickey Carroll R.I.P.
ST. LOUIS - Mickey Carroll, one of the last surviving Munchkins from the 1939 beloved film "The Wizard of Oz," died Thursday. He was 89.Carroll played the part of the Munchkinland "Town Crier," marched as a "Munchkin Soldier" and was the candy-striped "Fiddler" who escorted the movie's wide-eyed orphan, Dorothy Gale, played by Judy Garland, down the yellow brick road toward Emerald City.
View Full ArticleMickey Carroll's Web Site
Munchkins Get Their Walk of Fame Star at Last
From Scott Michaels Find a Death:
The Munchkins Remember, later republished as The Munchkins of Oz. A fascinating "Whatever happened to..." book, which I heartily recommend. I am proud to call Steve a friend, and Steve helped by providing original photographs for this story.
That night there was a special screening of the film in Grauman's Chinese Theater, where it originally premiered back in 1939. The little people showed up for a Q and A, and an ultra shitty print of the film was shown. One of those "Only in Hollywood" evenings.
The Original Wizard of Oz Trailer
Post From Roxie:
I just got a message from David Cook's site
David's brother Adam passed away just hours after we had just see David play at Palm Beach Sunfest
He finished the concert and rushed back on a jet to get to Indiana. We had no idea until we received the email today.
Oh it's Really sad....
This is a video of David singing Permanent
The video dedicated to Lindsey Rose ( the little girl he always wears the orange bracelet for) and to Adam Cook
Here is the latest news:
Will County prosecutors and Illinois State Police planned an evening news conference to discuss a murder indictment issued against the former Bolingbrook police officer in the death of Kathleen Savio.
Peterson was arrested Thursday evening during a traffic stop in Bolingbrook, said Chuck Pelkie, spokesman for Will County state's attorney.
Authorities declined to immediately release further details.
Savio's body was found in an empty bathtub. Her death was originally ruled an accidental drowning but authorities later said it was a homicide staged to look like an accident.
Savio's family has long voiced suspicions about the circumstances surrounding her death, especially after the October 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, then 23.
Peterson, 55, is a suspect in the disappearance but has not been charged in that case. He has repeatedly said he thinks Stacy Peterson ran off with another man.
Didn't we post this story last year???
"I could have killed myself," Abdul, 46, tells Ladies' Home Journal in its June issue. "Withdrawal – it's the worst thing."
Abdul says she checked herself into the La Costa Resort and Spa, in Carlsbad, Calif., last Thanksgiving to help beat her use of medication. "I was freezing cold, then sweating hot, then chattering and in so much pain, it was excruciating," she says. "But at my very core, I did not like existing the way I had been."
After taking medication to combat pain from injuries that happened during her grueling years as a dancer – beginning with a back injury when she was 17 and including a neck injury sustained in a plane crash in 1993 – the American Idol judge says, "I'd been working nonstop," and her desire to carry on with her work led her to take more pain pills.
"I'm an old school professional," Abdul says of her "Never let them see you sweat" credo