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Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 12:08 AM


And this, folks, is why you never judge a book by it's cover.

Susan Boyle, a 47-year-old volunteer church worker who keeps cats at home, entered "Britain's Got Talent" competition and performed this weekend. They rolled their eyes and laughed until she started singing. Today, over 2.7 million people have viewed her performance on YouTube.

The link below has a brief story and you can scroll down to click on the video.

Salzypat  (Level: 161.6 - Posts: 5414)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 12:46 AM

Wow! What a voice! It will be interesting to see how she does in future weeks.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 1:00 AM

That was pretty cool. No, there's nothing in my eye..

Cujgie  (Level: 182.1 - Posts: 754)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 1:01 AM

I first saw that performance last night on Yahoo News and have lost count of the number of times I've watched it. I then took the time to visit YouTube to listen to and watch performances of that same song by other famous singers, but none even come close to Susan's passion and vocal clarity. The modulations make my hairs stand on end! And she said she's been singing since she was 12, but never had a chance to perform other than in her church choir. I think Simon has already signed her up with Sony like he did another contestant, Paul Potts.

A truly amazing voice!

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 1:23 AM

It wasn't just her voice, but the look of pure joy on her face while she was singing it. The first time I saw it was at work and I was a bit distracted.

The 2nd time was here at home, and I had to go lock myself in the bathroom and cry it out for a few minutes.

Wasn't it sweet that she was genuinely shocked when people were so moved by her performance? I thought she looked older than 47 though.

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 1:46 AM

I watched it on TV last Saturday, and it blew me away. I admit i expected her to make a complete dog's breakfast of it, just like everybody else was expecting. Good on her, i hope she goes far.

Aristotle  (Level: 72.7 - Posts: 191)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 2:08 AM

Thanks for sharing this clip. I usually give Britain's Got Talent the Big Red Button, but this was really worth seeing.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 5:26 AM

To me, the biggest surprise was how she handled the end of that phrase that goes up 5 notes ("And they turn your dream to shame")....where everybody else is scared of losing steam, her voice just got stronger and stronger! Her breath control is amazing, and even moreso because of the pressure of that venue. That's one of the marks of a great singer.

I Les Miserables. (sniff..sniff)

Bigbird  (Level: 249.1 - Posts: 3337)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 5:49 AM


I don't cry easily, but tears were dripping. That was amazing. Those of you who glance at this thread, and don't feel like clicking on the link - go back and click. Watching the faces - wow!

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 6:20 AM

Awesome, beautiful and amazing. I did not cry either.

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1581)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 6:29 AM

I saw her on the nightly news last night. You're so right about judging a book by its cover. She's sings like an angel. I have no idea where they are in the judging, but she should win with a pure voice like that. Gave me chills.

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 7:14 AM

Wow. Maybe these American Idol type shows have merit.


Steve, even you have to watch this one.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 8:36 AM

I do believe that Simon Cowell started this idea with talent shows like "Britains got Talent" and "The X Factor", that's why he is on American Idol, a copy of the X Factor. Try viewing a couple on Utube from the first "Britain's got Talent" Paul Potts and a young girl who sang "Over the Rainbow"

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 8:42 AM

I do not know how to put links on here, but please watch 6 year old Connie Talbot on Utube singing "Over the Rainbow". She is truly amazing.

Barnierubble  (Level: 93.9 - Posts: 637)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 8:46 AM

Apologies to Britain's Simon Fuller, as it was he that started these talent shows for TV, in Britain, then took the idea to the USA.

Lodi  (Level: 106.0 - Posts: 2144)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 9:32 AM

Anyone read the comments posted below that video? Most comments mirror ours here, amazed, moved to tears, etc. My favorite one says "She's pretty for a Brit."

Garrybl  (Level: 291.8 - Posts: 6772)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 9:40 AM

I wonder whether she will resist the attempts to modify her hair-style etc if Simon wants to package her for stardom?
It's a sexist industry with looks mattering -- take Jennifer Hudson for example....

Zeedee  (Level: 234.3 - Posts: 1088)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 9:57 AM

I saw her being interviewed on one of the morning news/talk shows. It looks like they've already started doing something with her hair and eyebrows.

Caramel1  (Level: 135.1 - Posts: 21590)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 11:33 AM


Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 4:48 PM

As a is a link to a Seattle Post Intelligencer blog on "Why Dreams Matter" related to Susan Boyle and why people are so taken with this...

(I found this pretty inspiring too...but not in a sappy way. I think you'll enjoy it.)

1mks  (Level: 219.5 - Posts: 5925)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 5:29 PM

Sensational. Thanks for sharing that also.

Bbear  (Level: 167.3 - Posts: 2297)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 7:17 PM

The NBC nightly news last night (Tues) did a short on her and put a link on their website, which apparently went nuts. Brian Williams mentioned it again tonight.

I hope they don't mess with her; I think she's fantastic as is.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Wed, 15th Apr '09 7:21 PM

I know and she was great!

Jeannette  (Level: 114.7 - Posts: 1735)
Thu, 16th Apr '09 9:03 AM

i saw susan singing for the first time yesterday becauseive been away ,its like the old saying you should never judge a book by its cover

Gypsylady  (Level: 148.3 - Posts: 6097)
Thu, 16th Apr '09 10:49 AM

Thanks, Pepper!

That was absolutely beautiful and amazing!


Madamec8  (Level: 85.9 - Posts: 897)
Thu, 16th Apr '09 2:36 PM

I've watched it at least a dozen times, and I cried each time. The incredible voice, along with the authenticity of herself -- please please don't take that away, even to the hairdo, that's part of who she is. Gypsy Rose Lee once said, you've gotta have a gimmick, and her gimmick is herself. She didn't just fall off a turnip truck -- I think she'll let 'em know where the line is.

I like Britain's Got Talent, I love their audiences, and I love the judges. I'd rather watch that show than Idol. They recognize and reward talent and chutzpah and audience appeal.

My other favorite is Connie Talbot, she's now 8 or 9 and has a CD or two out, and is in demand for performances. Her parents are sweet, I think she'll be OK as a child success. She says she likes to sing because it makes people happy. I'll never forget that little face and smile with missing front teeth.

The 2009 season is off to a good start -- a few more surprises -- Fabia Cerra, Stavros Flatly -- check out the 2008 Suleman Mirza act.

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 16th Apr '09 5:35 PM

Stavros Flatley...related to Michael Flatley?

Headylamar  (Level: 154.1 - Posts: 740)
Thu, 16th Apr '09 11:16 PM

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Thu, 16th Apr '09 11:39 PM

That was hilarious! Thanks so much for posting that! The take-off on Michael Flatley was priceless.

BTW, if you want to hear Susan Boyle sing "Cry Me a River," the only recording she made - for a charity event in 1999 - go to the Daily Record
and click on the video box. It's an audio, but the image is current. I think it proves that what she sang over the weekend was no fluke.

Tresgatos  (Level: 214.8 - Posts: 4415)
Fri, 17th Apr '09 12:08 AM

Thanks, Pepper, for keeping us updated! It's a great, inspiring story, and it's a joy to hear her sing!

-- Geri

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