Watch Susan Boyle's U.S. 'Talent' Debut
"I've never felt so tired. I look back at it now and it was a necessity because I was tired... I used to be a spectator looking out at the world, but now I'm part of that world,"Boyle said. Watch her U.S. debut:
The Scottish singer became a YouTube sensation after an appearance earlier this year on 'Britain's Got Talent,' on which she sang "I Dreamed a Dream. Her album is in stores November 24.
Boyle's American debut aside, contender Kevin Skinner flew the coop with the grand prize on "America's Got Talent."
The singing chicken farmer from Mayfield, Ky., was awarded the NBC talent competition's $1 million grand prize and a headlining spot at a Las Vegas show. Skinner received the most viewer votes on Wednesday's season finale, overcoming runner-up Barbara Padilla, an opera singer from Houston, and eight other finalists. The win brought Skinner to tears.
"I've always loved to perform," he said. "I want to go out there, and give 'em the best show I can."
The humble country singer will headline an "America's Got Talent" show at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino hosted by Jerry Springer in October. Skinner beat out music quartet Recycled Percussion from Goffstown, N.H.; crooning trio the Texas Tenors from Houston; and singing sibling act Voices of Glory from Highland, N.Y., to win the show's fourth season.
Earlier in the evening, half the finalists were dismissed from the talent competition: breakdancer Hairo Torres from Grants Pass, Ore.; crooner Lawrence Beamen from Walnut Creek, Calif.; power tap-dancing sisters the Fab Five from Morgan, Utah; singer-guitarist Drew Stevyns from Sykesville, Md.; and 75-year-old comedian Grandma Lee from Jacksonville, Fla.
The top 10 finalists kicked off the finale by joining Thelma Houston on "Don't Leave Me This Way." Later, a cavalcade of audition-round rejects returned to the stage to perform "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now." The finale also included performances by Leona Lewis, Shakira, Rascal Flatts and the cast of the new Cirque du Soliel production "Banana Shpeel."
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