Susan Boyle, the homely Scottish chanteuse who won the U.K.’s collective heart last year by being able to sing really well despite being unattractive, was thoroughly denied the chance to turn Lou Reed’s 1972 hit “Perfect Day” into middle-America-targeted reality TV fodder when Reed refused to let her sing the song on an episode of America’s Got Talent on Wednesday. Boyle, who may have talent but is not American, had come to Los Angeles to perform the song on television but had to pull her segment at the last second. She burst into tears and promptly flew back home. According to TMZ, she was even still crying at the airport.
Lou Reed, apparently, has no appreciation for rags to riches stories of British celebrity or music that moms love (despite, of course, being of near grandpa age himself). Financially-speaking, it was probably a bad move on his part; Boyle’s debut, I Dreamed A Dream, has sold more than four million albums and the performance likely would have done for “Perfect Day” far more than that scene in Trainspotting ever did.