If you haven’t heard of Susan Boyle by now, you are in for a treat. Appearing on reality TV show “Britain’s Got Talent”, she wowed the audience in a space of a few minutes and won over 3,000 fans. Her video appears on YouTube which I have included a link to on this website. The video has had over 7 million hits already (some say 20 million hits) and she is sure to be cutting some CD’s soon.
Susan is an unemployed Scottish charity worker who is 47 and claims she’s never been married or kissed. She lives in Scotland with her cat Pebbles. She did not play or dress the part of a star on reality TV show “Britain’s Got Talent”- but within seconds of beginning to sing, gasps emerged as she sang the opening lines of “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables”
Before she started singing, she revealed her dream to be a professional singer – as big as Elaine Paige – a promise she had made to her mother who died in 2007 at the age of 91. The crowd of 3,000 in the Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, were smirking or even laughing. About five minutes later a standing ovation and the praise of the judges, including the show’s creator Simon Cowell were ringing in her ears.
According to CNN
“Judge Piers Morgan wrote on the show’s Web site: “I watched her performance back again last night, I texted Simon in Hollywood: ‘My god, Susan was even better than I remembered — she’s unbelievable.’ He agreed, and I could almost feel his beady little eyes going ‘KERCHING!’ down the line from his new Beverly Hills mansion.
“For, unless I am a brainless aardvark — which might, sadly, be true — then this West Lothian villager is going to sell a lot of records once this series is over.”
New fans also clogged the message board, many along the lines of Surfer1960’s: “I am just blown away by her voice.”
She was more critical, saying: “They say that television makes you look fat and it certainly did. I looked like a garage.”
And according to the San Francisco Chronicle:
“As a child, Boyle had learning difficulties, struggled in school and was bullied by other children. At 47, she still is.
“She is often taunted by local kids. They think she’s an oddball, but she’s a simple soul with genuine warmth,” neighbor Stewart Mackenzie said. “Not many people these days are devoutly religious or would spend their time devoted to their parents to the point they’d find themselves a spinster.”
A keen amateur singer, Boyle performed in church choirs and school plays and was a regular on the karaoke circuit in Blackburn and the nearby town of Bathgate. She has said her mother, Bridget, encouraged her to enter “Britain’s Got Talent” — but it was only after her death that she plucked up the courage to do it.”
You can see her performance at YouTube Video, Sorry they would not let the video be embedded