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Boyle favourite for Talent finale

Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle is favourite to win the final of Britain's Got Talent

The shortlisted artists and performers are preparing for the grand final of Britain's Got Talent.

Singer Susan Boyle, from Blackburn, West Lothian, is favourite to win the ITV1 talent show on Saturday night.

Ms Boyle will compete against nine others, including singer Hollie Steel from Accrington, Lancashire and dancer Aidan Davis, from Birmingham.

The winner of the talent contest will perform at the Royal Variety Show and receive a £100,000 cheque.

Monday's semi-final became the most-watched episode in the current series with 15.4m viewers, and it is thought the final may be watched by as many as 20m people.

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Show bosses have rejected suggestions Susan Boyle might be axed amid fears she was not coping with the pressure of her new-found fame.

Boyle has struggled to handle the attention and thought about quitting the show to escape the attention, Piers Morgan said.

She was moved to a "safe house" in the run up to the final, with Morgan revealing she had become so "distraught" at negative media headlines that she almost quit the ITV show.

A spokeswoman for Britain's Got Talent said Boyle was receiving the support she needed from the show's producers.

"She just wants to focus on her performance, and the well-being of our contestants is our number one priority," she said.

Tearful performance

When competing for a place in the final line-up, ten-year-old Hollie was allowed to perform again after bursting into tears during her first attempt at Edelweiss.

Hollie was saved by the judges who let her perform for a second time later in the show.

Holly Steel

Hollie Steel breaks down in tears mid song - Footage courtesy of ITV's Britain's Got Talent

After her second attempt a tearful Hollie said she had enjoyed herself and her performance received resounding applause and a standing ovation from the judges, who praised her bravery.

Judge Piers Morgan said: "That was one of the gutsiest things I've ever seen in my life. I couldn't have done that and I think you should be very proud of yourself."

Morgan later defended the judges' decision. He told the BBC: "I think this was a one-off. I think it was the right decision.

"I think Simon was right to get involved and say 'You know what, this is a family show, we are not going to have this girl crucified on stage like this. We are going to give her another chance.'"

Morgan also said the show's producers had informed him that all the acts appearing in the final would be warned that they would not be allowed a second performance should they break down.

Self-taught street dancer Aidan Davis, 11, secured the most votes from the public to complete the final shortlist of contestants.

Aidan, described as a young Justin Timberlake, was too excited about his victory to speak after the results were announced.

Simon Cowell said he had "total confidence, total charisma, great face, great routine" while Morgan said: "I never saw Justin Timberlake dance when he was your age but I bet it was like that."

The following are the 10 acts selected for the final:

  • Susan Boyle - the 48-year old singer who is the bookmakers' favourite to win the final.
  • Aidan Davis, 11, dancer
  • Dance troupe Diversity
  • Father-and-son comedy dance duo Stavros Flatley
  • Ten-member dance troupe Flawless
  • Grandfather and granddaughter singing act 2 Grand
  • 12-year-old Welsh singer Shaheen Jafargholi
  • Saxophonist Julian Smith
  • Singer Shaun Smith
  • Hollie Steel


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