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.