Simon Cowell Speaks on Susan Boyle Regret, Future

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In light of Susan Boyle's occasional breakdowns over the last few weeks, many have questioned the handing of the former Britain's Got Talent finalist.

Among the critics? Simon Cowell, who penned an editorial this week in UK's Daily Mail. In the excerpts from it below, the judge summarizes his own regrets and his own reactions to the Scottish singer...

On the handling of Boyle: I'm the first to hold my hands up and admit I've made mistakes. Looking back on it all, it has become clear to me that we didn't handle the situation with Susan as well as we could have.

On original impressions: She seemed fine with all the attention - I thought she was utterly charming and really thrilled about what happened. I thought, perhaps naively, that she was in control... I thought whatever happens, we have changed this lady's life.

On seeing Boyle's reaction to her Britain's Got Talent loss: I looked over at her face and thought: 'Christ, she doesn't know how to deal with not winning.' It was a bad moment. Afterwards, I went over and gave her a hug and tried to reassure her... we agreed that we would work together; that it wasn't the end of the road for her.

On not changing the show's format around: There is no easy way of achieving fame, and no guaranteed or trusted way of dealing with it. Who has the right to ban Susan Boyle, or anyone like her, from trying to sing her way out of one life and into another?... There have been problems, but I think overall it is a positive experience for her. I'm glad we gave her this opportunity.

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No wonder we're are considered the greatest , apparently I'm the
only one realize we had a Susan Boyle she sang "God Bless America"
quite well. I won't bore you with her name but she sold a lot of records and we oldies will nwver forget her.

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Everyone should thank Simon Cowell (he has the biggest heart for animals, not to mention humans in the world) What in the world would we do without Susan Boyle? This lady will go on to be one of the world's most famous voices & indeed she does have one. Just one added thing: WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT SIMON COWELL?????

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The world would be a much poorer place without Susan Boyle gracing us with her magnificent voice. I applaud the show for continuing to support Susan. She should not have been pulled. She has her dream and withe continued support will manage the downs. I cannot wait until her CD comes out. And for those sceptics who don't think that people will turn out to hear her. Think again. I for one will certainly go to see her. Don't forget that she has inspired the candians to attend les miserable in hordes. Indeed that is the word to describe Susan, she is inspirational and I still get goosebumps when I hear her sing.

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He claims he didn't realize there was a problem until the contest ended.
Was he on the moon? PLEASE!
Everyone knew the woman was cracking. She should have been pulled from the show at the fist sign of trouble.
He claims he has regrets, but doesn't know what he'd do differently.
That's very frightening. Who will be the next victim?

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SIMON COWELL, YOU'RE WRONG NOW AND HAVE BEEN BEFORE.
I CAN GET THROUGH ANY CRISIS AND WHEN IT'S OVER, I FAINT.
SOMETIMES A PERSON, IS WORKING ONLY ON NERVOUS ENERGY.
SUSAN DID NOT EXPECT TO WIN, FELL APART BECAUSE IT WAS OVER.
ONLY WANTS TO SING FOR THE QUEEN AND THAT WILL HAPPEN...
SINGERS HAVE PROVED YOU WRONG AND SUCCEEDED WITHOUT
YOUR APPROVAL....

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