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June 13, 2009

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle is of course the rather wonderfully odd Scottish singer who created a sensation when she was on Britain's Got Talent in recent weeks. Susan Boyle is a live alone spinster (except for her cat Pebbles) and claims, quite plausibly, to be a virgin in her middle age. She's also got a pretty useful voice: Susan Boyle's voice isn't really quite as good as some seem to think, she'd struggle to make it as a professional singer if she were trying to do so in the more normal manner.

However, her appearance on the show has meant that instead of a series of audtions, up against many other well trained singers, she's been able to leap frog all of that and appeal directly to the audience over the heads of the gatekeepers.

Susan Boyle's leap to fame has certainly been bolstered by the press as well:

Susan Boyle returned to the stage last night after keeping her fans waiting to learn whether she would perform on the opening night of the Britain’s Got Talent live tour.

The Scottish singer performed at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham less than two weeks after she was admitted to the Priory clinic. She came second to the dance group Diversity in the final of the ITV show.

Tour organisers were determined not to put any pressure on Boyle to perform in case she suffered a repeat of the emotional breakdown that led to her admission to the North London hospital. Her fans were left waiting until the last moment as Boyle waited to acclimatise herself to the arena until she was comfortable enough to perform. Her representatives now hope that she will perform on the remaining 19 dates of the tour.


Not that there's anything wrong with the press reporting a sudden leap to fame like Susan Boyle's of course:

Miss Boyle got off to a faltering start, appearing to be slightly out of time during the first verse of Memory from Cats - the song she performed in the Britain's Got Talent semi-final.

But she soon seemed to get into her comfort zone, lapping up the crowd's cheers and looking a different person to the fragile individual who entered the Priory.

Wearing the same floor-length glittering dress she sported in the show's final, Miss Boyle reached her arms out to the audience and blew kisses during her performances of Memory and I Dreamed A Dream.

Famously, as a result of the competition itself, Susan Boyle checked into The Priory with "nervous exhaustion".


Susan Boyle returned to the stage last night for her first public performance since she checked out of the Priory clinic. The Scottish singer reportedly wowed fans with renditions of Les Miserables number 'I Dreamed A Dream' and 'Memory' from Cats on the first night of the Britain's Got Talent live tour in Birmingham. Boyle's involvement in the project was thrown into doubt after she checked in to the Priory with exhaustion earlier this month. However, it was later suggested that Boyle would go ahead with the live gigs after Simon Cowell boosted the star's confidence by predicting a bright future for her.

Although that bright future might not go on all that long really.

Susan Boyle preparing for second show in Britain's Got Talent tour Susan Boyle will perform in the second Britain's Got Talent live tour concert on Saturday after singing at the opening show.

For while she'll perform in this tour, and there'll no doubt be a Susan Boyle album out seen, it's simply a sad fact that her voice just isn't all that good, not by professional standards. Great by amateur ones, but not professional. Still, there's an awful lot of people who are able to cash in on Susan Boyle (Susan Boyle included) while the bandwaggon does roll:

Susan Boyle is causing sell out performances of Les Miserables in London's West End after her rendition of I Dreamed A Dream for Britain's Got Talent.

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I cannot believe that you have the nerve to say that her voice isn't that good by professional standards - do you think that the millions of people around the world who have been listening repeatedly to her singing on youtube don't have access to thousands of other 'professional singers'? Her voice is truly extraordinary, as all 3 judges noted after her initial audition & millions of others.
BTW - your article isn't very good by professional standards. You might want to invest in an editor to proofread your article. They might've noticed that you said "...there'll no doubt be a Susan Boyle album out seen..." I do believe that the word 'seen' should've been 'soon'. Keep trying. Maybe you'll reach professional standards soon.

Posted by: SusanBoylefan | Jun 13, 2009 5:40:01 PM

Here !! Here!! Susan Boyle Fan, I agree with every word you say. Susan is an excellent singer. I really can't be bothered with the negavity that people portray. One thing for sure, there are more positive vibes out there to over-ride the small minded thinkers.

Posted by: Mary (New Zealand) | Jun 14, 2009 4:22:56 AM

When you listen to a lot of current popular singers, many of them can't sing worth a damn. Most of them became famous purely by luck, just as Susan has done. Often, acts become popular because of the quality of their performance, despite their poor singing.

While Susan's voice is not spectacular, it's way better than most singers out there, and I love watching and listening to her sing. When she records her album, the techies will do their magic and make her sound even better than she does in person.

To the people who don't like Susan or her singing: Fine, don't buy her album, don't go see her perform, and find something positive to say about something else.

Posted by: USA Oregon fan | Jun 15, 2009 5:15:31 PM

Stop calling SUSAN BOYLE a spinster..
That is a ANTIQUATED and SEXIST STEREOTYPE.

Her name is Susan not spinster..

Posted by: MARCIA R. READ | Jun 15, 2009 8:00:49 PM