Saturday Media thread: Diversity Wins Britain's Got Talent

Update 2:33 pm: Live stream here and here. I've got more up at PopLeft. And the winner is: Diversity!

Top Three: Susan Boyle, Julian Smith and Diversity. Third place: Julian Smith. Second: Susan Boyle. She was totally gracious. She said, "The best won." She smiled, laughed and raised her skirt and showed some leg.

Will Susan Boyle win Britain's Got Talent? the competition is underway. You can watch live streaming here. [More...]

12:54 pm MT: Boyle’s on. You can watch her final performance here. Standing ovation from judges. Piers: Greatest performance in BGT history, you should win. Female judge agrees. Simon says whether she wins or loses, she should hold her head high. She faced her critics and she won.

Uh-Oh. Diversity gives Boyle a run for her money. The crowd loves her, the judges give them a standing ovation. Simon says the competition is wide open now and calls them "sheer perfection."

Last act, Julian Smith. Another standing ovation. Simon calls it brilliant. Piers: Perfect way to end an incredible night.

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    Results yet? I checked CNN...nothing (none / 0) (#1)
    by ruffian on Sat May 30, 2009 at 03:14:58 PM EST

    Never mind...I got my time zones (none / 0) (#2)
    by ruffian on Sat May 30, 2009 at 03:15:45 PM EST
    messed up. Not time yet.

    announcing now (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jeralyn on Sat May 30, 2009 at 03:32:14 PM EST
    I'm watching live

    Thanks! Me too (none / 0) (#4)
    by ruffian on Sat May 30, 2009 at 03:41:33 PM EST
    still no winner? (none / 0) (#6)
    by lilburro on Sat May 30, 2009 at 03:52:00 PM EST
    Diversity won, just announced (none / 0) (#7)
    by ruffian on Sat May 30, 2009 at 03:56:43 PM EST
    Susan was very gracious, said they were the best.

    I have to say (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Cream City on Sat May 30, 2009 at 03:59:11 PM EST
    that they're all talented, and these talent shows are so difficult because the talents are different.  That's why professional competitions (Oscars, Emmys, etc.) have categories.

    But it is a lot harder to solo than to perform in a group.  She ought to have won.


    I have to say (none / 0) (#9)
    by oldpro on Sat May 30, 2009 at 04:05:32 PM EST
    I hope I've seen the last of Susan Boyle...but I expect not.  No doubt there will be a leggy pinup poster available soon.

    She's a caution, alright.  Terrific voice, wierd persona.


    It's really entirely up to you... (none / 0) (#14)
    by Inspector Gadget on Sat May 30, 2009 at 06:04:53 PM EST
    Don't click on any links to video or stories about her, and change the channel if she appears on your tv.

    Tens of millions of people are hoping to get at least one CD of her singing. Last count I heard was over 200 Million viewings of her video on You Tube.


    To be fair (none / 0) (#15)
    by CoralGables on Sat May 30, 2009 at 07:10:28 PM EST
    The most viewed single video of all time on YouTube is The Evolution of Dance with just over 120 million views. The top dozen different videos of Susan on BGT don't quite match that.

    But lets keep it in perspective. When using YouTube as a point of reference for greatness, there are nearly 100 million views of Charlie Bit My Finger


    OMG...Charlie! (none / 0) (#18)
    by oldpro on Sat May 30, 2009 at 10:43:54 PM EST
    To be accurate (none / 0) (#20)
    by Inspector Gadget on Sat May 30, 2009 at 11:58:54 PM EST
    there are many video postings of the Susan Boyle performance and they totalled all those video viewings to come to the over 200 Million. It's easy enough to check out.

    I think Diversity deserved to win (none / 0) (#17)
    by sj on Sat May 30, 2009 at 08:14:04 PM EST
    They were amazing.  And I sure hope that Susan Boyle has a recording contract because I'm looking forward to buying her CD.

    Had I been able to vote, I would (none / 0) (#21)
    by Inspector Gadget on Sun May 31, 2009 at 12:10:52 AM EST
    have voted for Julian Smith. He was absolutely fantastic.

    Susan has a nice career ahead of her in music.


    Simon sounded like he was prepared not to agree (none / 0) (#5)
    by ruffian on Sat May 30, 2009 at 03:43:54 PM EST
    with the vote. Kind of 'Well, they don't all deserve it. it's up to the audience. What can I do?'

    I don't usually watch this show or Idol, so maybe that is how he always acts.

    Simon never loved Diversity (none / 0) (#10)
    by Jeralyn on Sat May 30, 2009 at 04:10:16 PM EST
    At the semi-finals, he said made it sound like dance troupes were so last year.

    He did praise them tonight and I think he knew they would win. But I think he thought Boyle should win.

    I really liked Julian, you should watch his performance.


    You can watch Julian (none / 0) (#11)
    by Jeralyn on Sat May 30, 2009 at 04:22:13 PM EST
    here when the servers free up. BGT's overwhelmed.

    He really is good too (none / 0) (#19)
    by ruffian on Sat May 30, 2009 at 11:02:43 PM EST
    Would have been hard to pick. In a way I'm glad Diversity won, just because Susan Boyle and Julian will probably get at least one CD deal, and a chance at a decent career even without winning, especially Julian because he is young.   A dance troupe though has to rely on live performances and needs the jump start from winning. (Well, I suppose they could put out a DVD, but I don't thing that sells as well as music.)

    New subj.: William Kentridge (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Sat May 30, 2009 at 04:54:13 PM EST
    videos @ SFMOMA are a do not miss. A very creative artist. South Africa.

    Now on to the subject of music. SFO performed Verdi "Requiem" last night w/Runnicles conducting. Patricia Racette bowed out as soprana soloist on Thurs. Heidi Melton,who makes her Met debut next season, sang beautfully. Now that's a voice!

    Some Kentridge work is also being... (none / 0) (#16)
    by EL seattle on Sat May 30, 2009 at 07:38:19 PM EST
    ...featured at Seattle's Frye museum as part of their "Puppet Show" program.

    This show includes Kentridge's "What Will Come", an anamorphic installation that I think is truely quite amazing.  (Even a semi-decent YouTube Video does "What Will Come" barely any justice at all.)  If you're in the Seattle area this summer or fall, go to this show if you can.  If only for the Kentridge.


    Thanks. I really enjoyed his work at (none / 0) (#22)
    by oculus on Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 04:17:21 PM EST
    SFMOMA.  Also, I learned he is doing Shostakovich's "The Nose" at Metropolitan Opera next season with Gergiev conducting.