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Get a first look at I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story

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America's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan will host TV Guide Network's exclusive Susan Boyle concert and entertainment special, I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story (Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8/7c). The special will candidly document Boyle's journey from the small village of Blackburn in rural Scotland to international fame and fanfare following her inspiring performance on Britain's Got Talent.
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Boyle says she's become close with Morgan through all the changes in her life. "I've always had a soft spot for wee Piersy," she says. "He said, 'You're a serious artist now.' ... It really feels like I am [an artist] now."
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Boyle will perform a duet of "I Know Him So Well" with British theater actor Elaine Paige, who Boyle cited as an inspiration during her first Britain's Got Talent audition.
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Following the performance, Boyle told The Daily Telegraph: "I never thought I would see myself standing on the same stage with such an icon from West End theater, let alone singing with her as an equal." I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story airs exclusively on TV Guide Network Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8/7c.
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Boyle will also be joined by the London cast of Les Miserables for a performance of "One Day More." Boyle is a fan of the musical and it was Boyle's rendition of the production's "I Dreamed a Dream" that launched her to YouTube stardom.
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The special will also feature performances of songs from Boyle's chart-topping debut album, including "Wild Horses" and "Who I Was Born to Be."
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The special tops off a whirlwind year for Boyle, whose rise to fame also included a physical transformation. "Even though the outwardness has changed, inside I'm still the same, but a bit more refined now in some ways," Boyle says. "There's always been a supermodel fighting to get out of the wee wifey! Well, not quite. But everyone's put a lot of work in, and I can't believe the way that I've looked in some photos. It's like looking at a different person that the one I was this time last year."I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story airs exclusively on TV Guide Network Sunday, Dec. 13 at 8/7c.
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And now that Boyle is living the "dream," she hopes it all continues. "I dream about security, I dream about one day finding the right person and continuing to make people happy with my music. My advice to those who dare to dream is don't give up. If I can do it, anyone else can too."