Ken Tucker
May 30, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Well, it’s all over; Susan Boyle takes second place in Britain’s Got Talent. But given all the publicity Boyle received here in the States, it wasn’t clear to many of us just how close the competition has been all along.

Most unbelievable as finalists to most American viewers, I would guess, was the father-son duo called Stavros Flatley. Britain went bonkers for these self-described “two little pudgy fellows” who danced Michael Flatley-style steps with their shirts off and sweat flying. Simon Cowell said they were “utter genius,” and judge Amanda Holden said, “You are my favorite act.” Really? These guys must be seen to be believed: 

Certainly one of the best, most serious contenders came in a small package: 10 year-old Hollie Steele offered her own drama this week. Last night, she stumbled during a performance of “Eidelweiss,” burst into tears, but pulled herself together and sang beautifully. In the final performance, the sweet little Steele sang a lovely version of a tune from The Phantom of the Opera, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.”

What do you think of these two performances?

More on Britain’s Got Talent:

Susan Boyle loses Britain’s Got Talent

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