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Feel good moment of the day.

While reading Andrew Sullivan’s blog I came across this link. The diary was a simple one sentence post. “A 47 year old homely matron shows up on Britain’s Got Talent … Seriously, I’m still choked up.”

I had to follow the link to see what he was talking about. I’m not choked up, but I must admit I was greatly affected by this. There are so many lessons to be learned here that I don’t really know where to start. The heck with it, I’ll let the moment speak for itself, just as Andrew did in the original post.


  1. Steve M

    Outstanding!  What a gifted lady.

    A feel-good moment indeed but the end of the song is unavoidably poignant…

  2. Miss Boyle, who admits she has never been kissed, astonished the judges at the auditions for ITV1 show with her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.

    The clip of her audition has been viewed 2,485,245 times in 72 hours.

    The 48 year old charity worker from West Lothian, announced from the stage that her dream was to emulate West End star Elaine Paige.

    Her eccentric ways and less than polished appearance drew sniggers from the audience when she initially appeared but they were mesmerised from the moment she broke into song and gave her a standing ovation.

    Simon Cowell pronounced her voice “extraordinary” and Amanda Holden was reduced to tears by hearing her sing.

    Piers Morgan, their fellow judge, said the performance was “without a doubt the biggest surprise I have had in three years of this show”.

    Miss Boyle, who says she has never been on a date or even been kissed, is now the favourite to win the 2009 series of Britain’s Got Talent.

    Her story invites comparisons with Paul Potts, the unassuming mobile phone salesman who won the first series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2007.

    He has become the most internationally successful reality show winner in history, scoring a number one album in 15 countries.

  3. Kysen

    basically the ‘male version’ of this story….he was a contestant from the first season.

    I think he won.  🙂

    Good luck to Susan!

  4. Michelle

    She has an amazing voice, no doubt…as does Paul Potts.

    I suppose that the “odds” were stacked against her because she doesn’t look like Britney Spears or some other show pony in the music industry.  But why should she?  Her voice has nothing to do with her hairstyle, etc.

    I dunno…it all makes me sad because the definition of successful seems to hinge on narrowly defined standards of beauty…which is no doubt why both of these very talented individuals were ignored for their gifts for so long.  At least this program didn’t ignore them…but I suppose their “ugly duckling” status helped their ratings.

  5. and bawl my eyes out every single time she hits that colossal high note. unbelievable.

    susan boyle is a perfect example of the good in us all.

    I’ve shared this with everyone I know.

    I’ve got chapped skin around my eyes from all the tears.



  6. DeniseVelez

    today – and have watched the clip now at least 10 times, still weeping.

    Awesome voice – and humble woman.

    So sad that talent like hers is ofttimes overlooked since she doesn’t come packaged like a typical Barbie.  

    Three cheers for you Susan.

    I hope she gets her dream to star in musical theatre.

  7. apocryphaleffigy

    Perhaps I’m incredibly naive or maybe it’s just because I never watch these ‘reality’ shows, but I was shocked by the snottiness of those audience members and ‘judges.’ Are people really this nasty? What a bunch of eye-rolling, sniggering fools. How is this entertaining to people?

    I see no logic in assuming she has a terrible voice simply because of her looks – do looks dictate the quality of one’s voice? Incredible!

    I’m glad this woman was finally heard by a large audience, she is very talented particularly considering she’s had no formal training. I wish her continued success.

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