Since her debut on Britain’s Got Talent, 47-year-old Susan Boyle has not only taken Britain by storm, but also the rest of the world. She has become a music phenomenon in the United States and her “I Dreamed a Dream” audition has been watched over 100,000 times on YouTube. That statistic broke the YouTube record for amount of times a video has been watched.
Much focus has been put on Boyle’s physical appearance. Before Boyle’s audition on the show, she was judged mercilessly based on her looks and quickly became Britain’s Got Talent’s very own Ugly Duckling.
In an article called ‘Susan Boyle Gobsmacks Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent’ they talk about how looks shouldn’t be as important as we make them:
“Appearances are almost always the yea or nay in the somewhat vacuous entertainment industry, and Susan Boyle’s initial impression on the judges and audience of Britian’s Got Talent was no exception. But she surprised everyone with her voice.”
Even with all the media attention that Boyle has received, she’s still managed to stay humble. Oprah Winfrey interviewed Boyle and talked about how well she expects to do in the final, among other things. Boyle responds by saying she isn’t sure:
“Well I’ve the chance, but at the same time, there’s a lot of other talent in the competition. I’m willing to take my place with them. There’s a lot of good talent on the show.”
The two top contenders include Boyle and another much younger but equally as talented singer named Shaheen Jafargholi. Both of these contestants wowed their audience with their voice and received yes’s across the board from the judges. Each contestant has their own style from Boyle who chose a slow number from Les Miserables while Jafargholi indirectly chose the song “Who’s Loving You?” by Michael Jackson. Though there are a few other gifted people on Britain’s Got Talent, these two, who live 442 miles apart, prove that Britain really does have talent from the north to the south.
However, during the same interview with Oprah, which was conducted via satellite since Boyle was banned from singing in America while on Britain’s Got Talent, judge Simon Cowell shared his feelings about Boyle’s chances of winning the show:
“So you believe she has a chance to win the whole thing now?” Winfrey asked.
“I do.” Simon said and then gave Boyle some words of wisdom for the final:
“I want to say to you, it’s all about you and you’re singing now..you’ve got practically the whole world behind you.”
Boyle has quickly become a household name, especially in the U.S., and has attracted fans from Demi Moore to U.S. President Barack Obama. The show has even gained a higher following than that of American Idol whose ratings went down 10% from last years opening show. I’m not sure if that had anything to do with Boyle but judge Piers Morgan “said that he believes that Boylemania will cause America to ‘grind to a halt'”.
Boyle has recently been compared to the two American Idol finalists Kris Allen and Adam Lambert. Claims have been made that America is more concerned about the Britain’s Got Talent finale than they are the American Idol one.
After spending time in America, Morgan talks about the effect of Britain’s Got Talent and Boyle:
“I don’t think any show in the history of television has had more global impact than this series of BGT. And it’s all down to one middle-aged woman from Scotland.”
After all the attention Boyle has received, she was bound to be made reference to in some sort of television show or another so the mention of her name in the long-running cartoon The Simpson’s was inevitable.
In the episode titled Springfields Got Talent, Homer Simpson enters the competition. When he was asked to introduce himself he told judge Simon Cowell that he had never been kissed (a Boyle reference) and that his “dream is to be a great singer like Susan Boyle.”
With the following that Boyle has managed to acquire since her debut, it really won’t matter if she wins the competition or not. She is popular enough now so she really doesn’t need a Britain’s Got Talent win to get her a record deal.
Susan Boyle is a very gifted woman. She deserves to be signed to a label and make music for a living. She hasn’t gotten swallowed up by the media yet and if she stays that way it might be a lesson to the rest of the entertainment world. You don’t need to be arrogant and greedy and beautiful in order to make it in the industry. Hopefully Boyle’s quiet personality and way of life will follow her as she continues her ascent to fame.
The season finale is approaching quickly with the live show on Saturday May 30th. Will the ‘Ugly Duckling’ who taught us all that appearance isn’t everything take home the gold? Tune in and find out.