Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Susan Boyle takes England "Idol" by storm

I LOVE this:


I haven't paid attention to "American Idol" since the first or second season. It seemed like a very cynical affair to me, an overhyped, over-promoted opportunity for commercial tie-ins and product placement. Oh, and some singing. Nevermind that, with the exception of Kelly Clarkson, none of them have ever put out an album actually worth listening to.

What's wonderful about Susan Boyle's debut on the Brit version of the show is how everyone -- everyone -- writes her off. She's old, she's frumpy, she's got a cheeky sense of humor, and eyebrows like a runaway caterpillar. Everyone in the audience, all the judges on the panel, all the hosts and crew saw her as a chance to score some cheap laughs. Scroll ahead to the 1:20 minute mark and catch the reaction of the young woman rolling her eyes. Everyone was ready to laugh at Susan and then forget about her.

Except for one little thing:

SHE CAN SING!

Not kinda/sorta sing. Not parlor-room good. Really effing good!

This is what these types of reality shows should be all about: Actually taking nobodies and giving them their shot. If "American Idol" were actually like this, I would watch it religiously.

23 comments:

  1. Susan Boyle's performance was magnificent. It brought tears to my eyes. I hope and wish her dream comes true.

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  2. Just poves, you can't judge a book by its cover.

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  3. You brought tears to my eyes and I watched it 3 times.

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  4. one of the most dynamic performances I have ever heard. I certainly hope that someone "with influence" is going to give this lady a big boost with her special gift. What a Talent!!!!
    CJA

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  5. I watched it three more times last night and several more times today. There's so many little moments I love. Just before she starts singing, she gives this little smile that says, "I know something you don't."

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  6. I heard about this singing sensation. When I watched the clip from YouTube I was mesmerized. What a gift! What a treasure in the rough...

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  7. Purely amazing and a gracious performance. Perhaps an Angel in disguise....

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  8. A breath of fresh air...absolutely beautiful! When you wish upon a star...makes not difference who you are...Susan, your star is about to SHINE! WOW!!!!!

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  9. Susan Boyle,
    AMERICA LOVES YOU! PLEASE COME HERE AND SING.
    you have a voice like non other. You are truely a gifted,talented and just on classy lady. YOU HAVE NO IDEA, JUST HOW BEAUTIFUL YOU REALLY ARE. OUTSTANDING I CAN'T PLAY THAT SOUND ENOUGH. AMERICA THANK'S YOU TOO!
    The State of Rhode Island loves Susan Boyle.

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  10. Good Luck to you always.
    This was truly a changing day in your life.
    Denver loves you, Susan Boyle!
    I can't wait to see where this journey takes you.

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  11. Debra FLORIDA/USAApril 16, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Ms Boyle, I want to thank you for sharing your lovely voice with the world. When you came onto the stage you came out as a strong beautiful woman with a kindness showing in your eyes. I could not wait until you were given your chance to sing. When I heard the first few notes I got goose bumbs then tears in my eyes as you sang. You are truly a beautiful and gifted person. I hope you get recorded soon. I keep looking for a chance to own a copy.

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  12. April 16, 2009
    To the British public:
    I would like somebody who knows her to tell her that I would like to buy as many albums by her as she is willing to make. I would love for her to come to Los Angeles so that I could hear her in person. My 12 yr old daughter wants to hear her in person as well.
    Can anybody imagine if this lady did a Christmas album?
    What about all the patriotic songs?
    What about all the folk songs?
    What if a song writer created new songs just for her?
    Waiting to hear more from her. I would like somebody to pass this along to her.
    Thank you for your time,
    High School Math teacher in Los Angeles

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  13. This lady's voice is the avenue for her inner beauty. WOW! She sings like an angel and inspires everyone. Finally, there is a person who sings effortlessly without screaming! She deserves a chance to make CD's.

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  14. You brought tears to my eyes and cheer to my heart

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  15. Not only did you bring tears to my eyes and cheer to my heart you have given everyone with a talent that is untapped, the courage to have a go
    Best regards Debra From OZ

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  16. You are truly an ANGEL !!!
    Wonderful voice, a REAL person to inspire everyone.
    Thank you and hope to hear you more!!!
    Peggy in Prescott, Arizona, USA

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  17. OMG! I still have goose bumps on my body and tears in my eyes! That was the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. Susan, God has blessed you. Stay as you are and never change. God Bless.

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  18. Now I know that a long lost dream, that I had practically given up on, can AND WILL come true..
    Susan Boyle... You are an inspiration and a miracle.

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  19. Susan Boyle is interesting because she knocked on the door of the hollow media world in order to get in and when she was in and the lock was turned and she was presumed trapped and exploitable it seemed she all the time had a key to get out again and rejoin genuine humanity. The key, of course, is her tremendous voice.

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  20. Susan,

    You did in fact show the world: Don't judge the book by it's cover.

    God bless you and the voice that He gave you
    Keep singing

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  21. when l heard susan boyle l catch tears to my eyes. she sing with love, l whisches to her a lot of sucess for her futur.

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  22. It's not "England idol" it's Britains got talent. And maybe you weren't aware, but England is not Britain. England is part of Britain. Britain is 4 countries, Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    And susan boyle is from Scotland.

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