Susan Boyle, the 47-year-old “spinster” singing sensation from Scotland, was clearly the Internet star of the week and will likely continue to fascinate people until she is eliminated—or far more likely wins—season three of “Britain’s Got Talent.” The media coverage of Boyle will likely keep racing ahead. But we’ve pieced together the best multimedia and most interesting aspects of Boyle’s ascent—so far.
Boyle, a self-deprecatingly funny woman who’s never been kissed, hails from West Lothian, a village community in Scotland. She’s so far spent most of her adult life caring for her mother, who recently died. Her mother loved “Britain’s Got Talent” and wanted her daughter to audition for the show. As is often the case in middle age, the death of Boyle’s mother actually inspired her to finally take the plunge, singing “I Dreamed A Dream” from “Les Miserables" in front of a tough crowd that included judge Simon Cowell.
Boyle proved that age is no obstacle in the pursuit of a lifelong dream, namely to become a professional singer. She also gave the audience a “wake-up call,” as one “BGT” judge put it: Her humble appearance prompted many people to assume she wouldn’t be a good singer at all.
Of course, there’s plenty of precedent for wacky auditions. Season one winner Paul Potts was rather insensitively described by that same judge as “a lump of coal,” clearly no indication of his (what she went on to call) “diamond”-like talent: Potts has gone on to sell upwards of four million copies of his debut opera album.
Boyle performed “I Dreamed A Dream” again for U.S. audiences via satellite on “The CBS Early Show” on April 16. The nice thing about this recording is that there isn’t the background noise of “BGT”’s enthusiastic audience.
A 1999 recording of Boyle performing “Cry Me A River” has also turned up on YouTube. It’s only the audio version, but it’s stunning just the same: