Kerrie Mitchell
June 22, 2009 AT 06:56 PM EDT

Susan Boyle returned to that blazing hot spotlight yesterday when she performed at two shows in London’s Wembley Arena for the Britain’s Got Talent tour. Boyle had previously missed several shows and had been hospitalized for exhaustion immediately following the competition’s finale. reports that Boyle received standing-O’s for her showstoppers “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Memory”, and if the videos are any indication, her voice (if not her dress) was in fine form.

I have to confess I was getting a little weary of all the Boyle drama. My brain tends to shut down whenever I hear any celebrity — or more likely, celebrity’s rep — citing exhaustion. (Yes, celebrity, it is so exhausting to be you!) Incredibly, though, it was Simon Cowell who re-ignited my sympathy for her. I read his piece in the Daily Mail this weekend in which he addressed several controversies, including Boyle’s post-show breakdown, and admitted, “Looking back on it all, it has become clear to me that we didn’t handle the situation with Susan as well as we could have.” I thought he was characteristically blunt about the pressures of sudden fame and his own responsibilities for Boyle’s welfare. It forced me to recall that for as much as we’ve come to view her as just another flash-in-the-pan famous person, not too long ago she was an average lady with a quiet life who was not at all prepared for a global media frenzy.

What do you think? Are you ready to give Boyle’s return a standing ovation, too? Or are you just about ready to stop paying attention?

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