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Susan Boyle loses to dance group Diversity in 'Britain's Got Talent' finale

May 30, 2009 |  5:52 pm

Susan Boyle proved a gracious loser today when the dance group Diversity won the top prize on "Britain's Got Talent."

"The best people won," said Boyle. "They're very entertaining. Lads, I wish you all the best."

On this evening's finale, the 48-year-old Scotswoman performed her best-known number, "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables," the song that carried her to fame on her first appearance on the show.

It had been a rough week for Boyle leading up to the finals. She had a well-publicized shouting match with a group of journalists and was reportedly considering pulling out of the competition on account of nerves.

But she rebounded and delivered a performance tonight that was warmly welcomed by the audience.

Diversity, a dance group from Essex, comprises three sets of brothers ranging in age from 12 to 25. The 10-member group specializes in street dance but also derives inspiration from all facets of pop culture, from the movie "Transformers" to Michael Jackson.

The members of the group were speechless upon hearing the verdict.

The third place went to saxophonist Julian Smith, who said that "at least I got to be chief bridesmaid this time."

-- David Ng