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Britain Does Indeed Have Talent

You know, if "American Idol" (Fox, 9 p.m.) had contestants like Susan Boyle of the ITV program, "Britain's Got Talent," I'd tune in every week.

The unassuming, unemployed 47-year-old Scottish woman meekly took the stage and has proceeded to become a sensation in Britain after absolutely blowing the roof off the theatre with her rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables."

Like its American cousin, "America Has Talent," "BGT" is a variety show produced by Simon Cowell of "AI" fame. There's a mix of good and terrible. But none of the three shows have ever seen the likes of Boyle. The snickers from many in the audience quickly turned into a standing ovation before Boyle had sung even a full verse.

Don't believe me? Check out this YouTube clip, seen by some 4.6 million people around the world in the past four days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

Simon's equally acerbic co-judge Piers Morgan was left speechless (probably for the only time in his life) at Boyle's performance, while fellow judge Amanda Holden was on the verge of tears. It's the only time I've ever seen the audience (and Holden) give standing ovations several times before the song was over.

You can't help but root for Boyle, so opposite from the usual 20-somethings that shows like "AI" parade out there, trying to convince us they will be the next new thing in pop music. For every Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Clay Aiken, the show has produced quite a few flops as well such as Ruben Studdard or Taylor Hicks.

Ironically, Boyle would have probably never even been allowed into the "AI" audition room, since she doesn't exactly possess the looks of Katharine McPhee or the swagger of many other contestants.

Fortunately, she found the perfect song in the perfect venue and quite simply turned in one of the best musical performances I've seen in my life. Watch the clip; it is absolutely worth the time.

WEDNESDAY'S BEST BETS: US audiences will have to make due with tonight's "AI" mere mortal contestants after a new "Bones" on a special night at 8 p.m.

ABC delivers new episodes of "Scrubs" (the second part of a two-parter), "Better Off Ted," "Lost" and "The Unusuals" at 10 p.m. The jury is still out for me on "The Unusuals" but the others are worth catching.

"CSI: NY" (CBS, 10 p.m.) is the only other new thing tonight.

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