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Susan Boyle a YouTube phenom

I guarantee you: This will blow your mind and get you to think twice before you judge a person by what they look like.

This week the three judges for "Britain's Got Talent" TV show - including the crotchety Simon Cowell - were stunned by the audition of a frumpy, unemployed, "never been married, never been kissed" woman namedSusan Boyle.

As the 47-year-old Boyle walked onto the stage, you could hear the audience snicker and Simon rolled his eyes as she told him that she wants to be a professional singer.

And then, she opened her mouth and the most angelic sound poured forth. Hear it here.

The audience sprang to its feet as Boyle sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables." Cowell watched in disbelief. His two co-judges choked back tears.

"Without a doubt, that is the biggest surprise I've had in three years of the show," said one of Cowell's co-judges, Piers Morgan.

Boyle received three perfect scores and is the early favorite to win on the hit reality TV series.

In just three days, the clip of Boyle's stunning performance is closing in on 3 million views on YouTube.

"I've always wanted to play before a large audience," she said before taking the stage. "I'm going to make that audience watch."

We're all watching now, Susan.

| Lisa Gutierrez, The Star

Posted on Tue, Apr. 14, 2009 10:48 AM


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Posted by Miss Cellania in Music, Video Clips on April 12, 2009 at 12:37 am

48-year-old Susan Boyle always dreamed of becoming a professional singer. When she walked out on the stage of the TV show Britain’s Got Talent, no one expected her to do well.


Miss Boyle told presenters Ant and Dec that she lived alone with just her cat Pebbles for company. She said: ‘I’ve never had a boyfriend. I’ve never even been kissed.’

She then stomped across the stage and began clumsily gyrating her hips towards the judges, prompting laughter from the audience.

But you can’t always depend on first impressions

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Singer - Britains Got Talent 2009
47 Year old Susan Boyle wows the judges with her performance in the auditions for Britains Got Talent, singing I dreamed a dream from Les Miserables. Here are the Lyrics(Thanks to NewHotdox) - I .

Scottish Singer Susan Boyle was given
the biggest Yes a Singer has ever had on Britain's Got Talent

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 Les Miserables [HQ] Episode 1 Britains Got Talent 2009

Boyle's Got Talent

by Mike Krumboltz

April 13, 2009 12:53:39 PM

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"American Idol" isn't the only launching pad for aspiring singers. Across the pond, "Britain's Got Talent" scored a huge boost in the Buzz after an unassuming contestant gave an amazing performance.

Susan Boyle (remember that name) became a Web phenomenon after singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. The performance brought the audience to its feet and left the judges (including Simon Cowell) either speechless or in tears.

Before going on stage, Ms. Boyle admitted some self-deprecating facts about herself (she's never been kissed and lives alone with her cat, Pebbles). For those reasons and more, audiences were expecting the female William Hung. They were wrong.

Lookups on the sudden star posted huge gains. A no-name just the other day, Ms. Boyle quickly surged into our top 5,000 overall searches. Blogs and gossip rags went wild. The Mirror jumped on the story, reporting that while Ms. Boyle thought she "looked like a garage" on TV, she received a standing ovation when she showed up at her local church.

Other sources write that as a child, Ms. Boyle was the target of bullies because of a disability. But, with her newfound fame, she is getting the last laugh. In fact, she's already meeting with officials from Mr. Cowell's Sony BMG label. This may have been the first you've heard of her, but it certainly won't be the last. You can watch her performance below...

Susan Boyle, 47, greets reporters at her home Thursday in Blackburn, Scotland. Her appearance on Britain's Got Talent and a clip of her performance on YouTube have set off a frenzy of attention.

Susan Boyle, 47, greets reporters at her home Thursday in Blackburn, Scotland. Her appearance on Britain's Got Talent and a clip of her performance on YouTube have set off a frenzy of attention.

Why Susan Boyle inspires us: A story like 'a Disney movie'
By Maria Puente, USA TODAY
After a week of unabashed hysteria about Scottish chanteuse Susan Boyle, it's time to pause and ask: What's that all about?

A psychological boost for a world battered by economic calamity? A spiritual moment for millions in search of transcendence? Maybe it's about rooting for the underdog. Or maybe it's just a new reminder of an old truism: You can't judge a book by its cover.

"Susan Boyle is a Disney movie waiting to happen," says church worker Janelle Gregory, 34, of Olathe, Kan.

Boyle, for those who have been unconscious lately, is the middle-aged woman with frizzy hair who has been all over TV and computer screens for days, singing a Broadway show tune while millions wept and shouted and applauded wildly.

Ten days ago, Boyle — 47, unglamorous, unfashionable, unknown — faced down a sneering British audience and panel of judges on Britain's Got Talent, including the ever-sneery Simon Cowell. Then, in an instant, she turned jeers to cheers with her rendition of one of the weepier numbers from Les Misérables. Almost as instantly, Boyle went viral: A clip on YouTube garnered millions of hits (almost 30 million so far, not counting millions more on thousands of other versions on YouTube).

"All of us reveled in the fact that even in our image-managed world, we could still have the tables turned on us," says Terry Christopher, 40, a computer developer in Phoenix.

For the English-speaking media, still breathless from covering the introduction of Bo the White House puppy, Boyle is cable catnip. Last week, she was on TV from early morning to late night, telling her Cinderella back story (youngest of nine, learning-disabled and bullied as a child, caretaker for her dying mother, never been kissed, singer in the choir, possessor of big dreams) to all who trekked in person or by satellite to her Scottish village outside Edinburgh.

The common refrain in comments about Boyle: I watched her over and over, and I cried and cried. "Every time I watched it, I felt emotional," says Julie Carrigan, 47, a mother of five in Hemet, Calif.

But why?

• It's the vindication. "When they were making fun of her, I was getting annoyed," Carrigan says. "And inside I'm thinking, 'I hope she blows them away.' I was so happy when she just let them have it."

• It's the surprise. "If you have expectations of someone, you need to be prepared to be surprised by them," says Paul Potts, the chunky former cellphone salesman who was the Susan Boyle of Britain's Got Talent in 2007 and has since sold millions of records as an opera-and-standards singer. His second album, Passione, arrives in the USA May 5. "It's part of human nature to make judgments based on first impressions, but sometimes we allow ourselves to be misguided by first impressions."

• It's the guilt. Why the surprise? There's no correlation between appearance and talent, says Scott Grantham, 35, a financial analyst in Atlanta. "If she didn't look the way she did, would there be the same reaction? I don't think so," he says. "We make snap judgments based on appearance, and when we see those judgments were premature, we overcompensate by going so far in the other direction."

• It's the shame. Boyle forced people to recognize how often they dismiss or ignore people because of their looks. "Is Susan Boyle ugly? Or are we?" asked essayist Tanya Gold in Britain's The Guardian.

• It's the psychology. "There's an emotional state called elevation, characterized by a warm, glowing feeling, that we get when someone transcends our expectations," says Lynn Johnson, a psychologist in Salt Lake City. Boyle is "an elevator — we want to believe in something higher, that there's meaning in life and that the ugly duckling can become the beautiful swan."

• It's the hope. "She has truly touched my heart and soul and lifted my spirits," says Anne Jolley of San Jose, who describes herself as 47, unemployed, frumpy and "disheartened, disenfranchised, disillusioned and dis-just-about-everything-else in these bleak times." The messages of Boyle, she says, are that "there is hope still in this world; that dreams really can come true; that cynical people can be turned around; that maybe my best years are not behind me after all."

• It's the distraction. With everything going on in the world, "our economy in the tank, my husband and I worried that we will lose our jobs — this was a feel-good/underdog story, and I ate it up," says Lisa Sweetnich, 40, a CPA in Massillon, Ohio.

• It's empowerment. "What are we all crying about?" asked writer Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding editor of Ms.magazine, in her Huffington Post blog. "Partly, I think it's that a woman closing in on 50 had the courage to compete with the kids — and blew them out of the water."

• It's the authenticity. Unlike most of the contestants on, say, American Idol, Boyle clearly has not been groomed to be a pop star, so she is perceived as the real deal, says Ken Tucker, editor at large of Entertainment Weekly. "People want their idols to be authentic."

• It's the spiritual solace. "We're responding to someone who does not have the packaging expected of us, especially women, and in that moment of recognition, people got in touch with something so soulful and spiritual," says Laurie Sue Brockway, inspiration and family editor of "People felt blessed by that."

For many, it all comes down to ancient wisdom. Rahn Hasbargen, an accountant in St. Paul, cites John 7:24: "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment."

"Never has that verse been explained more dramatically than in the case of Susan Boyle," Hasbargen says

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  • trudy t | 5 minutes ago

    Brought tears to my eyes. I only wish I could have heard you sing the entire song.

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    almighty zeke | 11 minutes ago

    This pig likes that in love ! I will give her 4 oinks!

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    Hiwa | 19 minutes ago

    ey jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!

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    Nanci L | 36 minutes ago

    I feel lucky to have heard you sing and am so pleased that you will be sharing that voice with the world.

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    mrsouzzo | 45 minutes ago

    Simon's face was priceless...I guess there is a good guy underneath that black shirt. I actually have tears in my eyes right now...Ms Boyle, you made Simon smile (a genuine smile) and that is something noone has ever done before...You have an incredibly amazing voice and talent...Keep on singing...

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    ddilse3 | 74 minutes ago

    A beautiful voice is hard to describe ,you only can recognize it. You indeed have a powerful, beautiful voice that could touched many souls. You are great role model of confidence and charm.

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    alayne_rabow | 79 minutes ago

    It is wonderful to hear you. Your voice makes the show worth while. I would love to know what you have been doing with it in previous years. I am a singer, not young, and would never mind losing a contest to you. Thank you

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    cynthia | 85 minutes ago

    Your voice is truly amazing. Also is so much fun to see Simon's face throught out the video. Simon needs to stop judging a book by it cover. Again magnificent and will listen to you daily.

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    Jolene F | 94 minutes ago

    That brought tears to my eyes... what a amazing woman..

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    Jason =D | 104 minutes ago

    omg! She's amazing!

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    jaac33166 | 2 hours ago

    I was trying to find the right words, but I guess after minutes thinking they still remain... Oh my God! My respects to you Ms. Boyle

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    Mommie1 | 2 hours ago

    I have play this over an over, an I cry every time,,this is so amazing, you are wonderful..........

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    NIGHTHAWK27 | 2 hours ago

    Ms Boyle, I was, honestly, pinned on my chair upon hearing you sing. What a lovely voice you have. Go sing to the world Madamme! And let everyone be inspired. God bless you.

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    BettyB2 | 3 hours ago

    Simply amazing! Brings tears to my eyes this morning as I listened once, then forwarded to some friends via email, posted on Facebook and had to listen again. Awesome and I hope she wins this season in Britain

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    vivianm | 4 hours ago

    Truly, Susan made me realize the uniqueness of God's ways. He uses the foolish things to confound the wisdom of men. Where we least expect is where the sweet surprise comes from. I could have sworn that Susan has a terrible voice, judging by sight, but what I heard made me realise that you can't correctly judge a book by its cover. I feel so close to tears!This video is a like watching a program intended to give hope to the hopeless,I MEAN THE HOPELESSLY HOPELESS!! Thank you susan for daring to be the INSTRUMENT OF HOPE TO THE HOPELESS.....

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    norskbente33 | 5 hours ago

    You are amazing! I just can't stop playing this video! I've sent it to so many people I hope you voice goes around the world! I think you've already beaten Elaine Paige in the talent dept. You're not as whiny as she is! I love you!!!

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Susan Boyle's 'Britain's Got Talent' audition gives Simon his second spontaneous 'O' of the week

Apr 13, 2009, 01:42 PM | by Annie Barrett

Categories: 'American Idol', Music, Now That's What I Call a Face!, Stage/Theater, Things That Are Awesome!

By now, you've probably seen this weekend's viral video sensation, 47-year-old ("and that's just one
side of me!") Susan Boyle's audition for Britain's Got Talent.
 The never-been-kissed Scot blew away the initially sneer-mongering judges with her rendition of
"I Dreamed a Dream" fromLes Miserables, causing Simon Cowell to sort of shift in his seat a little
bit while allowing one the most sheepish documented grins to date spread over his "O" face. 
You can watch the entire clip on YouTube (embedding's disabled), or just bask in the two most telling
before-and-after facial reactions, below.

Suck it, eye-rolling tween! You'll be that "old" and "awful" someday, too.

Read more: 'American Idol' recap: Simon's spontaneous 'O'!




Susan Boyle shocks Simon Cowell, everyone on Britain’s Got Talent 3’s first episode

Britain’s Got Talent’s third season debuted Saturday, and already the show has a breakout star: Susan Boyle, an unemployed woman who’s “nearly 48,” talks about her cat, and says she’s “never been kissed.” You can guess how that’s going to turn out since she dreams of being a singer and compares herself to (actually talented) British musical theater star Elaine Paige.

Watch her audition in front of Simon Cowell and the other judges, including Piers Morgan; what she does to Simon Cowell is almost more remarkable than her singing.

The talent competition’s first season was won by a cell phone salesman who sang opera, Paul Potts, who was also physically unassuming (read: schlubby). It looks like he has competition in the unlikely singer department from Susan Boyle, and the contest may be over before it even started. One video of her audition is already among YouTube’s most-popular videos.


Susan Boyle Stuns Crowd with Epic Singing

told the Mirror what inspired her to audition:

"I was born with a disability and that made me a target for bullies. I was called names because of my fuzzy hair and because I struggled in class. I told the teachers, but because it was more verbal than physical I could never prove anything. But words often hurt more than cuts and bruises and the scars are still there. I still see the kids I went to school with because we all live in the same area. They're all grown up with children of their own. But look at me now - I've got the last laugh...Mum loved the show and used to tell me I should put my name down and that I'd win it if I did. But I never thought I was good enough. It was only after she died that I plucked up the courage to enter. It was a very dark time and I suffered depression and anxiety. But out of the darkness came light. I realised I wanted to make her proud of me and the only way to do that was to take the risk and enter the show."


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  1. Voice of an angel.

    POSTED BY: NILES | APR 12, 2009 6:30:58 PM

  2. Some people are beautiful in entirely unpredictable ways. Well done, Susan!

    POSTED BY: STAIRS | APR 12, 2009 6:35:01 PM

  3. Beautiful. What a lovely lady. I hope she wins!

    POSTED BY: ARBITRON | APR 12, 2009 6:35:15 PM

  4. WOW. Good for her! You go girl!

    POSTED BY: CJ | APR 12, 2009 6:37:20 PM

  5. This was extraordinary, now why is it that "America's Got Talent" has been so lame?

    oh yeah, here in America, they'll only put up non-beautiful people to be laughed at.

    POSTED BY: QJERSEY | APR 12, 2009 6:53:39 PM

  6. This put a special little Easter tear in my eye!

    POSTED BY: KFLO | APR 12, 2009 7:27:18 PM

  7. Thanks for posting this Andy, brought a smile as well as a tear, pure gallus man :)

    POSTED BY: GORDON | APR 12, 2009 7:45:45 PM

  8. Thank you for posting this. I teared up at the realization that I wasn't going to watch some horrible voyeuristic snark, but instead was going to watch a true triumph, and a thing of beauty.

    POSTED BY: PATRICK | APR 12, 2009 8:15:52 PM

  9. Nope, can't say I was expecting that at all. Awesome job. For some reason it made me incredibly happy.

    POSTED BY: RAY | APR 12, 2009 9:17:55 PM

  10. Amazing! What a beautiful voice and person.

    POSTED BY: GRANVILLE LOAR | APR 12, 2009 9:19:48 PM

  11. wow!

    POSTED BY: ERIC | APR 12, 2009 11:11:05 PM

  12. It makes me a little bit angry that she has bigger eyebrows than me...

    POSTED BY: DAVID B. | APR 12, 2009 11:49:11 PM

  13. Really lovely, and what a plucky lady. Good on her! She's got a really attractive medium belt and the vibrato is not off-putting at all. I'll be intrigued to see what other songs she picks to sing.

    POSTED BY: NOTSHYCHIREV | APR 13, 2009 12:08:12 AM

  14. I actually think her vibrato is a tad off-putting, but a wonderful performance and voice, nonetheless.

    POSTED BY: CHIP | APR 13, 2009 12:45:59 AM

  15. Andy...thanks so much for posting this video. What a sweet, sweet clip! I hope she wins the competition, and I hope you keep us updated.

    POSTED BY: PETERPARKER | APR 13, 2009 1:38:29 AM

  16. "Spinster"? Am I the only one who finds that label offensive? Come on, this is not the 1870's...

    POSTED BY: GARY | APR 13, 2009 5:34:33 AM

  17. That actually made me a little teary.

    I know it was just clever producing, but the video was even sweeter with seeing those girls in the crowd gurning when she says she aspires to be a pro.

    POSTED BY: PM | APR 13, 2009 6:38:54 AM

  18. What an Easter treat. A lesson to look and listen with one's heart. I urge everyone here on T'road to go to youtube now that the clip has been removed. You will be smiling the rest of the day.

    POSTED BY: RUDY | APR 13, 2009 7:47:22 AM

  19. I definitely bawled through the whole thing. Its amazing.

    POSTED BY: SHNUG | APR 13, 2009 8:50:52 AM

  20. Lovely!

    POSTED BY: GABRIEL | APR 13, 2009 9:17:48 AM

  21. A little work with a singing teacher would help her smooth out that vibrato a little, although I think it was probably more due to nerves than anything. Nicely done.

    POSTED BY: THE MILKMAN | APR 13, 2009 9:18:01 AM

  22. "Spinster" is not a bad word in Britain.

    POSTED BY: LILEASY | APR 13, 2009 9:20:55 AM

  23. Ok I teared up at this. That voice was an amazing surprise.

    POSTED BY: DEREK | APR 13, 2009 10:45:17 AM

  24. That gave me major goose bumps! Thanks Andy for sharing videos like this. Here's a direct link to youtube, as your embed is currently disabled. //

    POSTED BY: LEWIS PAYTON | APR 13, 2009 11:53:32 AM

  25. Beatiful voice and a beautiful woman....I hope she goes far!!!!

    POSTED BY: BOB | APR 13, 2009 12:05:44 PM



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The Prime Of Miss Susan Boyle
A reader writes:

After the singing, and the audience reaction, the most satisfying thing about thatwas seeing Simon Cowell taken down a peg.  I hope his world view is sincerely rocked for the better.

He's never sung in a church or temple choir, I don't think...Susan Boyle looks like a lot of the women with whom I've sung over the years, and has the spunk that they have, too.  Her chat before and after indicated a bright spirit, I know the type and have sung with these women, and girls, many times.

Also, women's voices don't really reach full maturity until early to mid-40's.  I've gone from a soprano to a high mezzo and my voice is completely different than it was 5 years ago (I'm 39.).  I suspect she is reaching her voice's best range at her age.

Creative spaces are to be found in the unseen and unexpected.  They should have some church choirs on American/British Idol, both countries have very strong traditions of group singing and as a result individual singing.  There are more good singers around here than you can shake a stick at.  I bet she sings in her church choir in her 'villages.'

Just because people don't look like, oh, I dunno, Britney Spears at first glance doesn't mean they can't rock the house.  I hope Miss Boyle keeps her wits about her if she goes through the star factory.


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Susan Boyle: Britain’s Got Talent
By Patricia

Meet Susan Boyle, Britain’s Got Talent singing sensation. See photos, video and a biography of the 47 year old who has wowed the judges and drawn comparison to a previous winner, Paul Potts, the mobile salesman turned opera star.

The Susan Boyle Britain’s Got Talent audition has everyone talking and already she is favored to win the talent competition in which the winner performs for the Queen at the Royal VarietyPerformance.

The singer surprised everyone, including the judges, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan.

Susan Boyle had a modest, unassuming appearance, as a middle-aged woman in a plain gold-colored dress, which obviously contributed to the judges’ being dismissive of her.

When Simon Cowell asked her how old she was, she defiantly said, “Forty-seven, and that’s just one side of me!” as she gyrated her hips, prompting laughter from the audience. She went on to say she had always wanted to be a professional singer, but that she never had the opportunity.

Cowell then asked her, as a singer whom she would like to be as successful as, to which she replied, “Elaine Paige.”

As soon as she began to sing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from the musical Les Miserables, any doubts as to her professional aspirations were quelled. Her breathtaking talent and the sheer beauty of her voice, prompted cheering from the audience throughout her performance and left the judges nearly speechless thereafter.

Piers Morgan acknowledge that people had been laughing at her when she first made her appearance on stage. ‘Well, no one is laughing now. That was stunning,’ he said. Amanda Holden said they had all been cynical and this was the ‘biggest wake-up call ever.’ ‘It was a complete privilege listening to that,’ she said. Simon Cowell for his part, jokingly said, ‘I knew the minute you walked out that we were going to hear something extraordinary, and I was right.’


As a biography, Susan Boyle was born in 1961. She is 47 years old, and will soon turn 48. She is from Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland. She lives in the same four bedroom council house where she grew up with her nine brothers and sisters which she now shares with only her ten-year-old cat, Pebbles. She is presently unemployed.

She was born with a disability and as a result was teased in school because of her learning difficulties and her fuzzy hair. She has been singing since age five as she found solace in singing and teachers encouraged in her music pursuits by giving her singing parts in school plays.

She was enrolled in a drama course at Edinburgh, but had to stop her studies when her father, Patrick Boyle, died and she returned home to care for her mother, Bridget Boyle.

According to her own words, in a recent interview, she has never had a boyfriend and has “never even been kissed.”

Susan Boyle says she was inspired to compete in the talent competition after seeing the success of Andrew Muir, a singing plumber from nearby Fauldhouse whom she personally knows and has sung with at local talent shows and charity events.

The initial Susan Boyle Britain’s Got Talent audition was in January 2009 at SECC in Glasgow. She received a standing ovation for her performance of Cry Me a River from Les Miserables.

In another interview, Susan Boyle revealed that her performance on the talent show were her first public performances since her mother, Bridget Boyle, died two years ago at age 91 and that her mother had always encouraged her to compete on the program.

She also confirmed in the interview that she is in talks with Simon Cowelland Sony BMG about a possible record deal.

Here is a photo of Susan Boyle, Britain’s Got Talent. Watch video of her remarkable performance below.


“It was a very dark time and I suffered depression and anxiety. But out of the darkness came light. I realised I wanted to make her proud of me and the only way to do that was to take the risk and enter the show.”

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Singing Sensation Susan Boyle Takes Great Britain By Storm

This is just amazing.
What a great story.
47 year-old Susan Boyle shocked Great Britain last week in the "Britain's Got Talent 2009" contest.
She said she was going to make the audience rock.
She did:

Middle-aged "hairy angel" wipes the smile off 
Britian's Got Talent judges's faces

Middle-aged, dowdy, with thick eyebrows and an unfortunate gait, she couldn’t have looked less like a star. 

But Susan Boyle may be the surprise winner of Britain’s Got Talent after she stunned Simon Cowell with her remarkable voice.  

Unemployed and single, the 48-year-old has thick unkempt hair, bushy eyebrows and downy fuzz is noticeable across parts of her face. 

Miss Boyle told presenters Ant and Dec that she lived alone with just her cat Pebbles for company. She said: ‘I’ve never had a boyfriend. I’ve never even been kissed.’

She then stomped across the stage and began clumsily gyrating her hips towards the judges, prompting laughter from the audience.

A smirking Cowell asked her who she would like to emulate - to which she replied Elaine Paige.

‘I would love to be in musical theatre. I have just never had the opportunity,’ said Miss Boyle, who is from West Lothian in Scotland.  

Moments later, the music mogul and fellow judges Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan were left speechless by her powerful rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.

Miss Holden appeared close to tears as she sang, while Cowell looked almost adoring.

The audience gave the singer a standing ovation and cheered as she finished the song.

The turnaround was reminiscent of mobile phone salesman Paul Potts's success in the first series.

The judges admitted they had dismissed Potts because of the way he looked – namely, awkward and with wonky teeth.

Never been kissed: Britain's Got Talent singing sensation Susan Boyle

Never been kissed: Britain's Got Talent singing sensation Susan Boyle

Surprise: Susan left the audience speechless with her amazing performance

Surprise: Susan left the audience speechless with her amazing performance

paul potts

Speechless: The surprise reaction to Susan brought back memories of 2007 singing sensation Paul Potts (above)

Dancing shoes: Bernie Riley shows his moves in Manchester

Dancing shoes: Bernie Riley shows his moves in Manchester

Harsh words: Jamie-Ann and Bradley listen to the judge's verdict

The 38-year-old is now a millionaire with a No. 1 classical album in 38 countries - and plans for his life story to be turned into a film. 

Morgan said to Miss Boyle after her performance: ‘That was the biggest surprise I have had in three years of the show. 

'You said you wanted to be like Elaine Paige and everyone laughed at you. You have proved them wrong.’


Harsh words: Jamie-Ann and Bradley listen to the judge's verdict

Purple passion: Anne Allen gives it her all in Manchester

Purple passion: Anne Allen gives it her all in Manchester

Drums And Roses: The band with a Scottish theme

Drums And Roses: The band with a Scottish theme



Miss Holden, 38, added: ‘I am just thrilled. I think we were all guilty of being cynical before. It was a complete privilege to hear you.’

Music mogul Cowell, however,struggled to admit he had been wrong, insisting that he knew she would give an ‘extraordinary performance’.

The show, which starts on ITV1 this Saturday, is open to any performer, any age, from any background, with any talent.

Family affair: Good Evans were popular, with 13-year-old Elliott (C) tipped as a star

Family affair: Good Evans were popular, with 13-year-old Elliott (C) tipped as a star

The winner secures prize money of £100,000 and the chance to showcase their ‘talent’ in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance

The first episode also featured 59-year-old security officer Manjit Singh from London who showcases his strongman skills. 

He pulled a van onto the stage purely by the strength of his ear and vowed to take on a Boeing 747 if he was put through to the next round. 

Flawless: Sharp suits and attitude, but what did Piers and Simon think?

Flawless: Sharp suits and attitude, but what did Piers and Simon think?

Family group Good Evans were also popular, made up of mother Estelle, father Giles, son Elliot, 13, and daughters Georgia, seven and Olivia, six.

They describe themselves as a modern version of the Von Trapps from The Sound Of Music.

They sang Michael Jackson’s I’ll Be There but the judges were damning about the parents' singing skills. 

Show insiders have tipped teenager Elliot as the real talent of the band.  

Other contestants include a witch, Fabia the erotic dancer, and a Greek Riverdance tribute act. 

Snakey Sue: But will she do it for you?

Snakey Sue: But will she do it for you?

Betty Delight: Burlesque clown (right), not suitable for children's parties

Betty Delight: Burlesque clown not suitable for children's parties

Now it its third run, this series of Britain’s Got Talent has already caused controversy after Cowell, 49, hired Kelly Brook to join the judging panel.

She joined the music mogul, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden on the team but was sacked after little more than a week, amid claims that having four judges was ‘impractical’.




There is no reference to Miss Brook in the first episode but producers insisted that she had not been snubbed and the auditions she attended would feature later in the series.

Britain's Got Talent begins on Saturday at 7.45pm on ITV1.

Britain's Got Talent

Panel: Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and Simon Cowell will judge the talent

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009

Susan Boyle - Britain's Got Talent

It is not very often that Simon Cowell is left speechless by a performance. Susan Boyle stunned the judges and the UK with her version of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. You have to listen to her story and then watch her sing. Seriously. It is well worth your time.
Susan Boyle
Susan Boyle, 47 from West Lothian, Scotland, is a contestant on the 3rd series of Britain's Got Talent. She surprised the judges with a strong performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables in the competition's first round, aired on 11 April 2009, eliciting the "biggest yes in three seasons" from Piers Morgan and a yes from Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden.
Judge comments

Piers: Without a doubt that was the biggest surprise I have had in three years on the show. When you stood there with that cheeky grin and said, "I wanna be like Elaine Page", everyone was laughing at you. No one is laughing now. That was stunning, an incredible performance. Amazing. I'm really in shock.[1]

Amanda: I am so thrilled because I know that everybody was against you. I honestly think that we were all being very cynical and that's the biggest wake up call ever. And I just want to say that it was a complete privilege listening to that.[1]

Simon: Susan Boyle you can head back to the village, with your head held high, it's a three yesses.[1]


News media

The majority of British newspapers carried articles on Susan Boyle's performance and subsequent internet coverage, including The Daily Telegraph[2]and The Sun[3] where she was given the nickname Paula Potts in reference to the contests previous opera singing winner Paul Potts. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, Susan confirmed she had a meeting with the Sony BMG record company but said "I can't say much about it. It's early days and I'm taking baby steps."[4]

International news websites also carried stories on her such as the New York Daily News[5] and Australia's Herald Sun.[6] In the ABC News coverage which suggested that Boyle may be "...Britain's newest pop sensation...", the Entertainment section posts the headline The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell. Cowell went on to say after her performance: "She had a great voice and I was really surprised by her."[7]

TV shows

Following on from her performance on Britain's Got Talent, Susan was as a guest on STV's The Five Thirty Show.[8]

Social media

On the day following the performance, the YouTube video was the number one article for all categories on Digg, with nearly triple the votes ("diggs") of the second most popular.[9]

The same video was also popular on Reddit, with enough clout to top the front page as well.[10]

The most popular YouTube video submission garnered 800,000+ views in the first 24 hours with a five star rating across the board & well over a million views in the first 48 hours. This was despite embedding of the video being disabled. As of the end of 12 April 2009, it was the single most viewed and the most popular video of the day. Also, the submitter was awarded the most subscriptions of the day. In addition, it was awarded 99 additional honours. After three days the YouTube link has over 3.5 million hits and more than 28,000 comments.[11]

It was reported that celebrity couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher posted their praise of Susan Boyle using the website Twitter.[12]

Personal life
Susan is the youngest of nine children and lives in Blackburn, West Lothian, with her ten year old cat, Pebbles. She stopped her pursuit of singing to look after her sick mother who died in 2007 aged 91.[13]


  1. ^ a b c "Auditions 1". Britain's Got Talent. ITV. 2009-04-11. No. 1, series 3.
  2. ^ Khan, Urmee (2009-04-14). "Britain's Got Talent church worker Susan Boyle becomes YouTube hit". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
  3. ^ Robertson, Colin (2009-04-10). "Paula Potts". The Sun. Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
  4. ^ Gould, Lara (2009-04-12). "Britain's Got Talent: Singing sensation Susan Boyle sang to escape the bullies". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
  5. ^ Staff (2009-04-14). "Susan Boyle, the most unlikely reality TV star ever, shocks Simon Cowell on 'Britain's Got Talent'". Daily News. Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
  6. ^ Staff (2009-04-13). "UK talent show stunned by Scottish virgin Susan Boyle". Herald Sun. Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
  7. ^ Farhanghi, Hoda (2009-04-14). "The Woman Who Shut Up Simon Cowell". ABCNews Online. Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
  8. ^ "Britain's Got Talent star Susan Boyle's promise to mum". 2009-04-14. Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
  9. ^ Jenocide312 (2009-04-12). "Amazing Perf by 47YO on Britain's Got Talent". Retrieved on 2009-04-14.
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    Susan Boyle, the most unlikely reality TV star ever, shocks Simon Cowell on 'Britain's Got Talent'

    Tuesday, April 14th 2009, 7:26 AM

    Meet the frumpy, unemployed, 47-year-old woman who shockedSimon Cowell.

    During auditions for "Britain's Got Talent" this week, Susan Boyle of the village West Lothian walked on to the stage to snickers from the audience and an eye-roll from Cowell. After she unleashed a perfect rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables," she left with the crowd on its feet.

    "Without a doubt, that is the biggest surprise I've had in three years of the show," said one of Cowell's co-judges, Piers Morgan.

    Boyle received three perfect scores and is the early favorite to win on the hit reality TV series.

    "I know the minute you walked out on that stage that we were going to hear something extraordinary and I was right," quipped Cowell.

    In just three days, the clip of Boyle's stunning performance has notched 2,605,000 views on YouTube.

    "I've always wanted to play before a large audience," Boyle said before hitting the stage. "I'm going to make that audience watch."

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    'Britain's Got Talent' breakout Susan Boyle: Why we watch...and weep

    Apr 14, 2009, 07:33 PM | by Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Categories: Reality TV, Stage/Theater, Water cooler, Web/Tech

    I'm still stuck on Susan Boyle, and still weeping. I suppose that's so 24 hours ago, and I should be thinking instead about how Mel Gibson's divorce might affect his box-office cred with conservative Catholics. Instead, I playthe YouTube clip over and over of Boyle, the frumpy, middle-aged British lady who marched out on the stage of the national TV show Britain’s Got Talent this past weekend. She bided her time through the judgmental hoots and snickers of the studio audience and judges (headed by international snickerer-in-chief Simon Cowell). She sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. And she brought a worldwide audience to their feet -- to her feet -- with the grandeur of her voice.

    I'll get back to pondering how Vin Diesel's future might change with the success of Fast & Furious soon enough, but right now I'm pondering why the experience of watching and listening to Ms. Boyle makes so many viewers cry, me among them. And I think I've got a simple answer, at least for me: In our pop-minded culture so slavishly obsessed with packaging -- the right face, the right clothes, the right attitudes, the right Facebook posts -- the unpackaged artistic power of the unstyled, un-hip, un-kissed Ms. Boyle let me feel, for the duration of one blazing showstopping ballad, the meaning of human grace. She pierced my defenses. She reordered the measure of beauty. And I had no idea until tears sprang how desperately I need that corrective from time to time.

    Yep. Simple as that.  That's why I weep. What's your excuse?

    Susan Boyle, 47, is a contestant on the 3rd series of Britain's Got Talent. She surprised the judges with a strong performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" in the competition's first round, eliciting the "biggest yes in three seasons" from Piers Morgan and a yes from Simon and Paula. Paula claimed it was the biggest shock and wake up call ever, referencing the initially skeptical crowd. The performance was of such quality that the entire audience, which was laughing and booing before the perfomance started, gave a standing ovation after the first vocals left Susan Boyle's lips.[1]   «   Summary fromWikipedia

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