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Spinster Susan Boyle Slaps Cynics with Britain's Got Talent Audition


47-year-old spinster Susan Boyle has followed mobile phone salesman Paul Potts and bullied schoolboy Andrew Johnston in achieving overnight fame after her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables on the debut episode of the third season of Britain's Got Talent.

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Boyle told the Mirror what inspired her to audition:

"I was born with a disability and that made me a target for bullies. I was called names because of my fuzzy hair and because I struggled in class. I told the teachers, but because it was more verbal than physical I could never prove anything. But words often hurt more than cuts and bruises and the scars are still there. I still see the kids I went to school with because we all live in the same area. They're all grown up with children of their own. But look at me now - I've got the last laugh...Mum loved the show and used to tell me I should put my name down and that I'd win it if I did. But I never thought I was good enough. It was only after she died that I plucked up the courage to enter. It was a very dark time and I suffered depression and anxiety. But out of the darkness came light. I realised I wanted to make her proud of me and the only way to do that was to take the risk and enter the show."

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  1. Voice of an angel.

    Posted by: niles | Apr 12, 2009 6:30:58 PM

  2. Some people are beautiful in entirely unpredictable ways. Well done, Susan!

    Posted by: Stairs | Apr 12, 2009 6:35:01 PM

  3. Beautiful. What a lovely lady. I hope she wins!

    Posted by: arbitron | Apr 12, 2009 6:35:15 PM

  4. WOW. Good for her! You go girl!

    Posted by: CJ | Apr 12, 2009 6:37:20 PM

  5. This was extraordinary, now why is it that "America's Got Talent" has been so lame?

    oh yeah, here in America, they'll only put up non-beautiful people to be laughed at.

    Posted by: qjersey | Apr 12, 2009 6:53:39 PM

  6. This put a special little Easter tear in my eye!

    Posted by: KFLO | Apr 12, 2009 7:27:18 PM

  7. Thanks for posting this Andy, brought a smile as well as a tear, pure gallus man :)

    Posted by: Gordon | Apr 12, 2009 7:45:45 PM

  8. Thank you for posting this. I teared up at the realization that I wasn't going to watch some horrible voyeuristic snark, but instead was going to watch a true triumph, and a thing of beauty.

    Posted by: Patrick | Apr 12, 2009 8:15:52 PM

  9. Nope, can't say I was expecting that at all. Awesome job. For some reason it made me incredibly happy.

    Posted by: Ray | Apr 12, 2009 9:17:55 PM

  10. Amazing! What a beautiful voice and person.

    Posted by: Granville Loar | Apr 12, 2009 9:19:48 PM

  11. wow!

    Posted by: Eric | Apr 12, 2009 11:11:05 PM

  12. It makes me a little bit angry that she has bigger eyebrows than me...

    Posted by: David B. | Apr 12, 2009 11:49:11 PM

  13. Really lovely, and what a plucky lady. Good on her! She's got a really attractive medium belt and the vibrato is not off-putting at all. I'll be intrigued to see what other songs she picks to sing.

    Posted by: notshychirev | Apr 13, 2009 12:08:12 AM

  14. I actually think her vibrato is a tad off-putting, but a wonderful performance and voice, nonetheless.

    Posted by: Chip | Apr 13, 2009 12:45:59 AM

  15. Andy...thanks so much for posting this video. What a sweet, sweet clip! I hope she wins the competition, and I hope you keep us updated.

    Posted by: peterparker | Apr 13, 2009 1:38:29 AM

  16. "Spinster"? Am I the only one who finds that label offensive? Come on, this is not the 1870's...

    Posted by: Gary | Apr 13, 2009 5:34:33 AM

  17. That actually made me a little teary.

    I know it was just clever producing, but the video was even sweeter with seeing those girls in the crowd gurning when she says she aspires to be a pro.

    Posted by: PM | Apr 13, 2009 6:38:54 AM

  18. What an Easter treat. A lesson to look and listen with one's heart. I urge everyone here on T'road to go to youtube now that the clip has been removed. You will be smiling the rest of the day.

    Posted by: rudy | Apr 13, 2009 7:47:22 AM

  19. I definitely bawled through the whole thing. Its amazing.

    Posted by: Shnug | Apr 13, 2009 8:50:52 AM

  20. Lovely!

    Posted by: gabriel | Apr 13, 2009 9:17:48 AM

  21. A little work with a singing teacher would help her smooth out that vibrato a little, although I think it was probably more due to nerves than anything. Nicely done.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Apr 13, 2009 9:18:01 AM

  22. "Spinster" is not a bad word in Britain.

    Posted by: Lileasy | Apr 13, 2009 9:20:55 AM

  23. Ok I teared up at this. That voice was an amazing surprise.

    Posted by: Derek | Apr 13, 2009 10:45:17 AM

  24. That gave me major goose bumps! Thanks Andy for sharing videos like this. Here's a direct link to youtube, as your embed is currently disabled.

    Posted by: Lewis Payton | Apr 13, 2009 11:53:32 AM

  25. Beatiful voice and a beautiful woman....I hope she goes far!!!!

    Posted by: Bob | Apr 13, 2009 12:05:44 PM

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