April 12, 2009 by Sandra
(I posted this the day after Susan Boyle appeared on TV for the first time. It still moves my spirit!!)
“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 new-found 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…