The burden of being an overnight sensation and remaining in the spotlight for a couple of months may have caught up to "Britain's Got Talent" runner-up Susan Boyle.

The 47-year-old singer, who finished second in the "Britain's Got Talent" finals over the weekend, checked into a hospital Sunday, according to numerous reports. The show's producers say in a statement that Boyle was exhausted and just needs some down time. "Following Saturday night's show, Susan is exhausted and emotionally drained," the statement reads. "She has been seen by her private GP who supports her decision to take a few days out for rest and recovery."

She was accompanied to the clinic by a police escort. A statement from Scotland Yard says "Police were called to doctors assessing a woman under the Mental Health Act. The woman was taken voluntarily by ambulance to a clinic. At the request of doctors, police accompanied the ambulance."

An audience of 18.5 million people — the biggest for "Britain's Got Talent" broadcaster ITV in several years — watched Boyle finish second in Saturday's finale to a dance group called Diversity (here's the group's finale performance, and here is Boyle's).

"Britain's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan appeared on U.K. morning show "GMTV" Monday to say that he'd spoken with Boyle and that she simply needed to be out of the spotlight for a while.

"It has been crazy — she has gone from anonymity to being the most downloaded woman in history," Morgan said. "She was very tired and hasn't been sleeping. She has just gone away to have some time to herself and to sleep and eat, doing all the things she hasn't been able to do in the last week."


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Posted by:Rick Porter