Susan Boyle calls fame a "demolition ball"

Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:28pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Susan Boyle, a singer who became a global star with a show-stopping performance on "Britain's Got Talent," has said in a television interview that her sudden fame was like a "demolition ball."

The interview, which will air Wednesday on U.S. morning show "Today," was Boyle's first TV interview since she became a global Internet and TV sensation with millions of fans. Transcripts of the interview were released on Monday.

When the church volunteer from Scotland failed to win the final of "Britain's Got Talent," she became ill and was treated for exhaustion at a London clinic.

"The impact, like a demolition ball. You know, and anyone who has that kind of impact -- finds it really hard to get a head around it," Boyle told interviewer Meredith Vieira of the "Today" show.

"I've got to be honest here," Boyle said. "I guess I had to get my head around it, but through the -- the guidance of a great team, and they are very good, I was able to see that in perspective and really turn that around a little."

Boyle is at work on an upcoming album, under the direction of Simon Cowell, the sharp-tongued judge from singing competitions "American Idol" and "Britain's Got Talent."

Cowell created "Britain's Got Talent" and its U.S. spin-off, "America's Got Talent."

The 48-year-old Boyle's April rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream," her first and most popular performance on "Britain's Got Talent," attracted 275 million video views on the Web and made her a global star.   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>