Scottish marvel Boyle runner-up

LONDON – When the votes were finally counted, Susan Boyle’s Cinderella story didn’t have a fairy tale ending.

The Scottish singing sensation, whose debut on the world scene became one of the most-watched Internet videos of all time, lost out to an acrobatic dance troupe Saturday on “Britain’s Got Talent,” the “American Idol”-style show that propelled Boyle to fame.

British viewers who voted by telephone surprised bookmakers and fans around the world by choosing “Diversity” over Boyle and handing them the $160,000 prize and a chance to perform before Queen Elizabeth II.

On hearing the verdict, Boyle looked surprised but then graciously said, “The best people won. They are really entertaining. Lads, I wish you all the best.” She then flashed a little leg, shimmied and walked offstage.

Asked later about her plans, Boyle told reporters she would “play it by ear” but hoped to make an album.

For the finale, the 48-year-old church volunteer wore a floor-length sequined gown and appeared calm as she chose to play it safe and sing “I Dreamed a Dream,” the same “Les Miserables” song that first launched her into the spotlight.

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