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'Auntie Susan' hits right note

SCOTTISH diva Susan Boyle, who arrived in town yesterday, is preparing for her performance at the final of the second season of China's Got Talent tomorrow night.

Boyle, as a guest performer, will sing two songs "Who I Was Born To Be" and "I Dreamed a Dream" at the Shanghai Stadium, which can hold an audience of 80,000.

At yesterday's press conference, Boyle, clad in an elegant China-red dress, received a gift of silk pajamas from Chinese contestants.

Boyle has never previously performed outside of the United Kingdom and the United States.

"China is a great country with nice culture and friendly people," she said. "I like being here." Her first impression of Shanghai was, "it's very warm."

Although Western audiences know her as SuBo, Boyle doesn't mind being called "Auntie Susan" by local fans.

She said she was shy but is now used to media exposure. Fame hasn't changed her life much, said Boyle.

Boyle's advice to China's finalist talents for the contest tomorrow is, "enjoy yourself, don't see it as a competition, just enjoy it."

It seems that Boyle is getting over a fear of flying, as she described her journey to China as a pleasant flight.

Boyle is keeping a low profile and has declined all interview requests during her three-day stay in Shanghai.

Her only demands for her accommodation in the city is that candy, fruit, English tea, coffee and milk should be provided in her hotel room, but no chocolate. She has also brought with her a hand wash gel she regularly uses.

Boyle will be busy today in rehearsals for the Sunday performance and has promised her specially made costume will feature both Scottish and Chinese elements.

Eight contestants will compete in the final, including Cai Hongping, a middle-aged lady with a beautiful voice, Chinese American street performer Isaac Hou, body-popper Zhuo Jun, acrobatic athlete An Dong and the dance band Kung Fu Pop.

Two places will be decided by online votes.

Boyle achieved fame as a contestant on Britain's Got Talent in 2009, with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables.


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