Tired talent star Susan Boyle admitted to clinic

Mon Jun 1, 2009 4:03pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - British singing sensation Susan Boyle was admitted to a London clinic suffering from emotional exhaustion after being beaten in the final of the "Britain's Got Talent" TV contest, judges on the show said on Monday.

Dowdy and unglamorous, Boyle seemed an unlikely star when she first appeared on the show in April, only to stun the judges and become a global Internet sensation with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables."

Boyle, 48, had been heavily backed to win the competition after clips of her earlier appearance were downloaded nearly 200 million times.

But after coming in second on Saturday, doctors were called to her London hotel and suggested she go to a clinic for rest, "Britain's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan told U.S. celebrity news outlets on Monday.

"Susan is completely and utterly exhausted," Morgan told U.S. celebrity television show "Extra."

"I think she's found this whole roller coaster ride of the last seven weeks overwhelming ... and she's gone somewhere now that she can find the peace and the quiet to get some sleep, to eat properly and get over what has been an astonishing time in her life."

Morgan said he had spoken to Boyle and did not think she had suffered a breakdown.

Despite expectations that Boyle would make a fortune from her talent and instant fame, there has been concern among show organizers about her ability to cope with pressure.

Boyle, who was starved of oxygen at birth leading to minor brain damage, has been pursued by the world's press since early April and broke down in tears repeatedly ahead of the final.   Continued...

<p>"Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle returns to her home in Blackburn in West Lothian, Scotland, April 21, 2009. REUTERS/David Moir</p>