‘Frumpy 47-Year-Old’ Captures America’s Attention
Thu, 16 Apr 2009 15:27:18
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Susan Boyle, a 47-year-old contestant on Britain’s Got Talent, has catapulted to instant fame thanks to a YouTube clip that’s been viewed more than 12 million times. CBS, The Oprah Winfrey and other TV shows have already booked time with the singer, who was shown belting out a spot-on rendition of “I Dream a Dream” before a stunned Simon Cowell.
“It has been surreal for me,” Boyle said in an Associated Press interview. “I didn’t realize this would be the reaction. I just went on stage and got on with it.” “Susan can't help herself, she just sings whenever she can sing,” added Jackie Russell, the manager of the Happy Valley Hotel in Blackburn, Scotland, a.k.a. Boyle’s karaoke haunt. “We weren't surprised by her talent, but we were surprised by the reaction around the world.”
—The ARTISTdirect Staff