Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle — who became an overnight YouTube sensation after singing I Dreamed A Dream on Britain’s Got Talent – is living in ‘safe house’ to help deal with the stress of her instant, worldwide fame.
Britain’s Got Talent judge Piers Morgan made the revelation Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America. The show’s big finale will be broadcast in England live on Saturday night, and television bosses are sweating that Boyle may have a melt-down on the final show.
Britains Got Talent producer and judge Simon Cowell is understood to have reached-out to Boyle who has been dubbed “Ramboyle” because of recent outbursts in an attempt to calm her nerves. Cowell and the shows other producers have taken her away from the Wembley Plaza Hotel in London to a secret location in a bid to keep her focused.
A show insider told the UK Sun newspaper: “Show bosses told us to get Susans mind right because there are genuine concerns for her health. She desperately needs breathing space. The idea is to get into a place where her privacy is managed better than at a hotel shell be totally shielded from people other than her advisers. ”
In the run up to the final, the 48-year-old Scottish spinster had been involved in a swearing match with police before making a obscene gesture inside the hotels bar and yelling obscenities after judge Pierce Morgan praised the performance of fellow contestant twelve-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi.
Rumors quickly spread that Boyle had packed her bags and told the shows bosses that she wanted to quit the final, but now it looks like she will take her place on the stage.
Appearing on GMA Friday, Morgan, who said he feels protective of Boyle, discussed the intriguing developments regarding the overnight sensation.
He added that Boyle’s meteoric ascension to fame, and building pressure to succeed in the televised talent show, is a heavy burden.
“She’s gone, in the last two months, from total anonymity to being arguably the most famous person on the planet,” he said. “And that brings with it some great stuff and some pretty ugly stuff.”
He said that, in British culture, building heroes up and knocking them down is commonplace.
“It’s kind of the British thing to do,” Morgan told GMA, apparently unaware the trend is alive and well in the states, as well (think Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan).
Morgan said Boyle’s recent antics have not shaken his confidence in her.
“I’ve got all my money riding on a Susan Boyle triumph,” the judge said, “because I think that she kind of personifies the heart of Britain’s Got Talent.”
Morgan won’t be getting any bargain betting rates either, as the controversies haven’t slowed her momentum with the odds-makers: Boyle Friday was a 5-to-9 favorite, according to Sportsbook.com, to win the Britains Got Talent final on Saturday night.
The self-confessed 48-year-old virgin has been struggling to cope with the limelight after her debut performance had a mind-boggling 286 million hits on You Tube.
Before her performance on Britains Got Talent, she had been living as a recluse in her modest flat in the tiny village of Blackburn in West Lothian, Scotland.