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Susan Boyle’s dream shatters

Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle was dealt a blow Saturday when she lost out to a troupe of young street dancers in the final of the British talent show that made her a global star.
Despite winning praise from the audience and the judges in her final performance on live television, Boyle, 48, graciously accepted second place, saying the "best people won" and wishing the winners "all the best".
Boyle enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame over the past two months after video footage of her audition piece for the show, "I Dreamed A Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables", was posted on YouTube.
It has had about 100 million hits and brought her celebrity fans including actress Demi Moore and rock star Jon Bon Jovi who embraced the dowdy spinster from small-town Scotland with a voice worthy of Broadway.
Bookmakers made her the favourite to win, but after an unconvincing semi-final performance there were fears the unemployed church volunteer, who lives alone with her cat outside Edinburgh, was suffering under the pressure.
In a live performance in the "Britain's Got Talent" final Saturday, however, Boyle proved the critics wrong and repeated her audition piece with gusto.
One of the three judges, Piers Morgan, called it the "greatest performance I've seen on the history of 'Britain's Got Talent' – you should win the competition, I loved it."
Boyle was up against nine other acts to win the show, with a cheque for 100,000 pounds [115,000 euros, 160,000 dollars] and the chance to perform for Queen Elizabeth II.
More than one million viewers cast their vote following the live performances – but in the end, Boyle lost out to a multi-ethnic posse of 10 street dancers aged 12 to 25 from London and Essex called Diversity.
"It's the biggest phenomenon I've ever seen out of any of my shows," Cowell – a household name in the United States as a judge on "American Idol" – told the newspaper.
Asked on television about her plans, Boyle said: "I hope to get an album out – I'll just play it by ear. What a journey – unbelievable, and very humbling. Thank you for everything."

Six dead in Palestinian shoot-out

Three Palestinian police officers, two Hamas militants and a civilian were killed during a shootout in the northern West Bank town of Qalqilya yesterday, officials in Nablus said.
The gunfight erupted when police tried to arrest Mohammad Yassin, a member of Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, who had barricaded himself in his house, Palestinian police said.
Yassin and another Hamas militant were killed along with three policemen and a civilian, they said.
A curfew was imposed on the town in the north of the occupied West Bank near the border with Israel following the incident, police said.
Hamas, a bitter rival of the Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas, violently ousted Fatah from the Gaza Strip in June 2007, effectively limiting Abbas's rule to the Israeli-occupied West Bank.