- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 29, 2009

NARITA, Japan — Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has brought her act to Japan.

The 48-year-old church volunteer who rocketed to fame with her surprising performance on “Britain’s Got Talent” arrived at Tokyo’s international airport Tuesday to prepare for a guest appearance on Japan’s premiere vocal variety show, which will be aired live on New Year’s Eve by Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.

Miss Boyle smiled broadly as she greeted a mob of photographers at the airport, but she declined a request for an impromptu song, saying her fans would have to wait for the NHK show.

She is scheduled to sing her trademark “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables.”

The NHK program, now in its 60th year, showcases the most popular singers of the year. Most of its guests are Japanese.

Miss Boyle was runner-up in the British talent show, but her performance became a hit on YouTube and made her one of the biggest international celebrities of the year, with more than 120 million views.

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