A middle-age church volunteer worker has taken England by storm after appearing on the television program “Britain’s Got Talent.”
It was one of those talent show auditions that seemed tailor-made for Simon Cowell’s diamond-sharp barbs, as plainly dressed 47-year-old Susan Boyle stood in front of the three-judge panel and said she was going to sing “I Dreamed a Dream.”
Cowell, who by international law is required to appear as a judge on all English-speaking televised talent shows, appeared to be ready to dismiss her almost as soon as she opened her mouth. That is, until she sang.
And sing she did.
She belted out the song from “Les Miserables,” astonishing not only the audience, but all three judges as well.
Even Cowell was impressed, calling Boyle’s rendition “extraordinary,” while fellow judge Piers Morgan said Boyle’s performance was “the biggest surprise I’ve had in three years of this show.”
Who is Susan Boyle?
Boyle grew up in Bathgate, Scotland. Oxygen starvation at birth resulted in learning disabilities as well as having to endure classmates cruelly teasing her about her looks, reports London’s Daily Mirror.
“I told the teachers, but because it was more verbal than physical I could never prove anything,” Boyle said in the Mirror. “But words often hurt more than cuts and bruises and the scars are still there.”
Boyle also admits to never having been kissed, and that her adult nickname is “Spinster Susan.”
But things are looking up for the lady. She told the Mirror that Cowell is interested in signing her to his record label, saying, “I’ve been for a meeting with Sony BMG but I can’t say much about it. It’s early days and I’m taking baby steps. Simon’s a good man. I trust him and I’d be happy to work for him.”
While the Saturday night broadcast was watched by 11.4 million in Britain Saturday night, it’s the YouTube video that’s catching worldwide notice, with 2.7 million watching Boyle’s amazing performance within the first two days after the broadcast.
That figure is even more spectacular when considering the clip’s embedding code has been disabled by request of television company ITV.