London (ANI): A whopping 18.5 million people tuned in to ITV to watch Susan Boyle lose to dance group Diversity on 'Britain's Got Talent" on May 30, early figures revealed. In what could be called as the shocking victory for many, the 11-strong group from Essex beat Boyle, who had been the favourite to win the talent show.
More than 18m people tuned in to watch 's shock victory over singer Susan on, show. According to ITV, the 'Britain"s Got Talent" finale is the most watched TV show since the Euro 2004 England v Portugal match, which attracted 20.66m viewers. And much to everybody"s surprise, Diversity defied all predictions to win the 100,000 pounds prize and the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Show.
During the final show, an average of 15m people and a 70 percent audience share watched the three sets of brothers and four friends perform their routine. And Simon Cowell described the performance as 'sheer and utter perfection'.
Boyle, who sang 'I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables—the same song that catapulted her to global fame—accepted her defeat with graciousness. "The best people won. I wish you all the best," the BBC quoted Boyle as saying. Saxophonist Julian Smith, 39, from Birmingham finished in third place in the competition.