Susan Boyle Cancels TV Appearance After Lou Reed Rejection

Boyle Skips 'America's Got Talent' at the last minute, after being denied permission to sing Reed's 'Perfect Day.' Reed's rep blames a mix-up in paperwork

September 10, 2010 10:01 AM ET

U.K. singing sensation Susan Boyle has shown she's prone to tabloid-grabbing emotional breakdowns in public places, but was her latest crying fit, in Los Angeles yesterday, caused by Lou Reed? A TMZ report says Reed personally declined permission for Boyle to perform his Transformer track "Perfect Day" on an episode of America's Got Talent. (TMZ wrote earlier that Reed simply "isn't a Boyle fan.") The rejection came after Boyle had already flown from London to Los Angeles to perform the song, and caused her to cancel her appearance entirely.

A rep for Reed, however, denied that the Velvet Underground singer was the one who rejected Boyle, saying that a mix-up in the paperwork — the song was cleared for use on Britain's Got Talent, the show that discovered Boyle, and not America's Got Talent, where Boyle was to appear on the season finale — resulted in the refusal. Piers Morgan, the America's Got Talent judge (and Larry King's upcoming replacement), confirmed that "Perfect Day" simply wasn't cleared in time for broadcast, telling Access Hollywood, "I think there's just some issue about the releasing of the Lou Reed song 'Perfect Day,' and ironically, it turned into an imperfect day." With only two hours before show time and no other songs rehearsed, Boyle boarded a plane back to London.

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