YouTube marvel Susan Boyle, the Scottish singing sensation who last weekend stunned the judges of the Britain’s Got Talent TV show – including cynical Simon Cowell – has hit American shores.
In what was billed as her “first U.S. performance,” Boyle responded to CBS’s The Early Show hosts Maggie Rodriguez and Harry Smith’s request that she sing and reprised her signature “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables – and, after rendering it a capella, not only nailed it, but won accolades from Broadway’s Patti LuPone, who first introduced the song in 1985.
“Susan,” said LuPone, speaking over the phone on the Early Show, “you’ve got pluck, girl.”
Boyle, 47, said from her home in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, that when she was younger people made fun of her. Now, the reaction is anything but that. “Everyone wishes me very well,” she says. As for the international reaction, especially online, Boyle modestly admitted, “It hasn’t maybe sunk in yet.”
What turned Boyle’s world around was her Britain’s Got Talent appearance. After her entrance triggered snickers and patronizing comments – especially when the dowdy and slightly jumpy Boyle said she wanted to be the next Elaine Paige, a petite blonde British stage musical star – Boyle picked up the microphone and magically delivered “I Dreamed a Dream.” (more…)