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Susan Boyle's Moving 'AGT' Performance Proved She's Still Got It 10 Years Later

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Don’t call it a comeback, because Susan Boyle never really left the spotlight after winning our hearts on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2009 (yes, that’s 10 years ago now).

But the Scottish singer, who was once known for her "frumpy" looks and bittersweet "never been kissed" backstory, reminded the world why she became a viral sensation with a new performance on America’s Got Talent last night.

As you probably know (the ads are everywhere!) this year beloved acts from around the world are competing in a special season of AGT dubbed The Champions, or "the Olympics of talent," as host Simon Cowell called the show.

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Boyle earned another standing ovation for last night's performance.Trae Patton - NBC

Which explains why Boyle crossed the pond to test her skills against some of America's favorite acts.

Like other Talent shows, contestants were competing in the hopes of snagging the coveted Golden Buzzer, and it’s no surprise that Boyle’s incredible voice earned her a jump straight to the finals with her first performance.

While "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables will always be Boyle’s signature song, she shook things up with a cover of "Wild Horses" by the Rolling Stones (both songs were singles from her debut album) that hit all the right notes with host Mel B.

The judge and former Spice Girl told Boyle she had "an angelic voice" and said she was giving her "what she deserves" as she slammed the Golden Buzzer.

While the Buzzer will advance Boyle straight to the finals, she’ll still face some stiff competition from the show’s other acts, including several former AGT winners like magician Shin Lim and ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.

Comedian Preacher Lawson was also sent directly to the finals thanks to votes from the show’s fans.

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Mel B gave Boyle a Golden Buzzer, sending her straight to the finals.Trae Patton - NBC

But, of course, these days Boyle, 57, doesn’t need to count on talent show success to keep her career on track. Her hit albums have topped the charts in the UK and sold more than 20 million copies around the world.

Still, Boyle says she has "something to prove" on The Champions, and calls herself a champion "for those who don't have the confidence to do things, for those who don't have a voice (and) the ones who people tend to ignore."

It just goes to show that one performance on a talent show, like Boyle's iconic 2009 audition, really can change a person’s life forever.

America’s Got Talent: The Champions will return on Monday, January 14, with 10 more performers including fan favorite ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer.

[H/T: People]

What did you think of Boyle's performance? Who are you rooting for on America's Got Talent: The Champions?

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