I’ve never been a fan of American Idol. To me, it’s another form of reality TV, and the reality too often is just not entertaining. But earlier this week on the Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada loop, someone posted a link to a video of Susan Boyle singing in the British version of Idol. “Brought tears to my eyes,” the post said. So, I checked it out. It brought tears to my eyes too.
The story is spreading world-wide, but if you haven’t heard it yet, Susan Boyle is a forty-seven-year-old, plain, unmarried, unemployed woman with dreams of a singing career. With her gray curls and double chin, she walked onto the stage of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ with her head high and told the judges she wanted to be as successful as Elaine Page. They all but laughed in her face, and the audience did laugh. Susan announced that she was going to sing “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables, and the panel sat back smirking as the opening bars played, ready for a joke.
Then Susan started to sing. Jaws dropped, eyebrows lifted. This ordinary-looking little woman has a voice fit for Carnegie Hall. She lacked stagecraft – she didn’t play Fantine like a trained actress, but oh, can she sing. She blew everyone in the hall away. I’ve read that she’s been offered a recording contract already.
If anyone out there has a dream that they think they can’t achieve because they aren’t beautiful enough or cool enough, google her name and listen to her performance. You will not forget it, any more than I will.