Susan Boyle threatened to quit, judge says

Piers Morgan says the singer is under pressure

NEW YORK -- Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has threatened to quit "Britain's Got Talent" as the pressure mounts ahead of the show's final round, one of the show's judges said.

Boyle, who rose to international fame after her first appearance on the talent show, will appear in the final on Saturday but was having doubts as recently as Wednesday, judge Piers Morgan said in U.S. television interviews.

"She's been in tears repeatedly," Morgan told "Inside Edition" in an interview to be aired on Thursday. "And, as of yesterday, she was packing her bags."

Boyle, 48, became a global Internet sensation after her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables" on "Britain's Got Talent" in April was played more than 60 million times on YouTube.

Since then, media attention has exploded, though she laughed it off, saying, "What pressure?" after overcoming initial nerves in singing "Memory" from "Cats" last weekend and advancing to the final round.

On Thursday, Morgan told "The Early Show" Boyle "even threatened to leave the show yesterday at one stage because of the sheer amount of pressure on her."

Since her debut performance, television crews from around the world have camped outside her home in rural Scotland and newspapers have dedicated countless pages to her.

Morgan said Boyle denied parts of recent London tabloid newspaper reports that she had cursed at guests at a London hotel.

He said he advised Boyle not to read newspapers or watch television before the final and to focus on her performance.

"She is beginning to realize that her life will never be the same. But, you know, I feel very, very sorry for her," he said. "I've tried to explain to her ... most people out there still have great affection for you and are really willing you to victory."