Susan Boyle, 47, of West Lothian, Scotland, became a surprise favorite on the UK television show “Britain’s Got Talent.” Her gorgeous rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream,” from the musical Les Miserables stunned the normally caustic Simon Cowell into openmouthed awe, and brought an applauding studio audience to its feet.

Susan Boyle has been singing since she was 12, she says, and has “always wanted to perform in front of a large audience.” When she announced her dream of being a professional singer, as she introduced herself to the three judges, the show panned to an eye-rolling teenager. Ms. Boyle put a skeptical Simon Cowell in his place when he raised an eyebrow at her age. “that’s just one side of me,” she retorted, vamping a little, to the audience’s startled laughter and scattered applause.

Then Susan Boyle began to sing. The auditorium exploded into cheering. As her voice soared through the ballad, the judges broke into surprised, delighted smiles. Even Simon Cowell, who stared at her dreamily, as her last notes faded away. It was hard to believe that such a vibrant voice could come from the same soft-spoken woman who’d mentioned her cat, Pebbles when she introduced herself backstage.

One by one, the judges acknowledged that they’d been mistakenly cynical, as they praised her performance. Judge Piers Morgan said “Without doubt that was the biggest surprise I’ve had in three years of this show. When you stood there with that cheeky grin everyone was laughing at you. No one is laughing now. That was stunning. I’m reeling from shock.”

From ABC News: “Another judge, Amanda Holden, was almost brought to tears by Boyle’s performance. “I am just thrilled,” she said. “I think we were all guilty of being cynical before. It was a complete privilege to hear you.””

Writing for the UK newspaper, The Herald, Colette Douglas may have put it best:

Susan is a reminder that it’s time we all looked a little deeper. She has lived an obscure but important life. She has been a companionable and caring daughter. It’s people like her who are the unseen glue in society; the ones who day in and day out put themselves last. They make this country civilised and they deserve acknowledgement and respect.

Susan has been forgiven her looks and been given respect because of her talent. She should always have received it because of the calibre of her character.

Video of Ms. Boyle’s performance has turned viral on the Internet, with millions of hits on YouTube, mention on the Wired blog and Huffington Post and fans in Britain and beyond eager to see what the season holds for the singer an entire audience underestimated.

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  • doumdoum April 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    a manifestation of GOD !!!

  • Betsy Wing April 16, 2009 at 7:58 am

    Thank you Susan Boyle for making us all stop and think!
    Tanya Gold’s article in the GUARDIAN takes the affirmative emotions we feel on hearing this magnificent voice into the realm of rage. Do you suppose the world will ever change?

  • naomi gomez April 15, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    When I first saw Ms. Boyle on yahoo news I didn’t give it much thought. Until I read the words, “never been kissed”. So I clicked her picture and was completely blown away she gave me goose bumps and made me cry I remember calling my daughter over to see her and I couldn’t stop smiling or laughing you are amazing!!!!!I thought OMG where has she been hiding and why am I barely seeing you now!!! But you know what your one of most amazing people of this year by far. I was so excited about you I couldn’t stop telling people I knew, “Hey you have to check this Lady out she made Simmon awe like NO-ONE HAS EVERR DONE!! So the night I saw you I went to utube and there was only the yahoo news reel, so the next at work I looked you up on utube again and WOW there you WHERE with 58 different videos and some with over 2,000,000 hits and I knew life is only got to get better for you, so Ms. Boyle I say to you God Bless Good Luck, may you fall in Love and be Happy!!! Love, Naomi from Texas

  • Lisa K April 15, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    That’s what I’m talking about!! Just what the doctor ordered! Whenever I start feeling blue…I need to cue that up and get me a dose of Susan Boyle. She is an incredible role model!!

  • naomi gomez April 15, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    when i first saw Ms.Boyle picture on yahoo news i really didn’t give it much thought until i saw the words “never been kissed” so i clicked her picture cause i wanted to know more I’m so glad i did Ms. Boyle you are beautiful, funny, sweet, and oh so kind thank you for showing women its okay to be you and to never ever judge a book by its cover because in your case this wonderful world we call home has missed out on someone so special for so long its about time we get to share your amazing voice with you i have to say it would have been an honor to be your friend when you needed one the most God Bless you Ms. Boyle may you live your life to the fullest case your still so very young enjoy being the center of atention love Naomi