It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Susan Boyle first took to the stage with her incredible performance of ‘I dreamed a dream’ as part of her original audition for Britain’s Got Talent.
While she didn’t win the third series of the popular talent show, she did go on to become one of the program’s most famous stars, selling more than 20 million records around the world and her debut album becoming the biggest selling album in UK history.
A decade on, the 58-year-old star has returned to the show that made her a household name with a haunting rendition of the very song that made her famous. On Saturday night’s episode of the hit reality show, the Scottish singer belted out the iconic ‘I dreamed a dream’ track from Les Miserables to a thrilled audience and millions of viewers watching at home.
Judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams gave Susan a standing ovation following the performance, with the entire audience erupting into cheers and applause.
Almost unaware of the impact of her talent, Susan stood shyly on stage with a smile on her face, while Simon raced up to give her a cuddle.
“You’ve still got the magic, Susan,” he told the star. “Thank you for coming back.”
Fans watching at home were quick to praise the performance.
One person on Facebook wrote: “I always well up when I watch Subo, she’s brilliant!”
Another comment read: “She is as good now as 10 yrs [SIC] ago she is stunning Simon must be proud.”
A third added: “Wonderful! She still makes me smile, she proved dreams can come true, it’s good to be different. Wow boring the world would be if we weren’t?”
Meanwhile, judge Amanda shared Susan’s original audition with a touching message for fans.
“It’s 10 years since @SusanBoyle walked onto the @BGT stage!” she wrote. “@aplusk [Ashton Kutcher] & Demi Moore tweeted and she became an overnight global superstar! Susan is a reminder to never give up on our dreams, however young or old. The beauty of BGT is that it’s never too late. #10YearsOfSusanBoyle.”
It’s 10 years since @SusanBoyle walked onto the @BGT stage! @aplusk & Demi Moore tweeted and she became an overnight global superstar! Susan is a reminder to never give up on our dreams, however young or old. The beauty of BGT is that it's never too late. #10YearsOfSusanBoyle pic.twitter.com/q7FgvEnyrL
— Amanda Holden (@AmandaHolden) April 11, 2019
Piers Morgan, who was a judge on the show at the time, also tweeted about the anniversary.
“Greatest talent show moment of them all… and ultimate proof of the maxim ‘never judge a book by its cover’. Happy Anniversary @SusanBoyle,” he wrote. “It was such a privilege to be sitting there (and proved so wrong!) when you rocked the world.”
Greatest talent show moment of them all… and ultimate proof of the maxim 'never judge a book by its cover'.
Happy Anniversary @SusanBoyle – it was such a privilege to be sitting there (and proved so wrong!) when you rocked the world. https://t.co/G3mR5yl7ma
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) April 11, 2019
The latest performance comes just months after Susan competed as a contestant on America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
The show, which aired on NBC in the United States and on Fox 8 in Australia, included the most popular contestants from international versions of the hit talent program.
“Most of the audience was laughing,” Susan recalled of her original audition. “But then I opened my mouth and that seemed to change. You don’t expect people to be that excited about you.
“I couldn’t possibly walk away from a second chance,” she explained. “I’m excited to show Simon how much I’ve grown since the last time.”