Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Simon Cowell Boyles Over

"You can't tell a book by it's cover." Something that has been said many times before except perhaps by authors. This last weekend Simon Cowell along with many other learned this lesson.

Many people in the US watch American Idol, which by the way like many other US TV programs started of in England. From Archie Bunker came from tell Death Us do Part, to the US watered down version of "the Office". A British for of "Idol" has been running under various names in England for decades, in fact one of the earliest winners of such a program was Sheena Eastern.

Over the weekend, during the latest British incarnation a program called "Britain's Got Talent" produced a moment that has the whole country talking and the internet buzzing. Even leaving Simon Cowell open mouthed in amazement.

A lady was introduced, and when asked how old she was she replied with a grin and a wiggle of her comfortable frame... "Forty seven... and that's on both sides"

Susan Boyle (remember that name)before going on stage, Ms. Boyle admitted some self-deprecating facts about herself (she's never been kissed and lives alone with her cat, Pebbles). For those reasons and more, audiences were expecting it was a joke in the William Hung school of singing style. How they were wrong!

Within seconds of her wonderful voice hitting the opening notes of I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. The audience and judges went from open mouthed disbelief, to a complete standing ovation leaving the judges (including Simon Cowell) either speechless or in tears.

Ms' Boyle has became a Web and national phenomenon overnight. This may have been the first you've heard of her, but it certainly won't be the last. You can watch her performance below...



  1. OMG. I loved that!! I admit to getting a little snotty too LoL!

  2. I heard about this. Isn't this a great lesson in not judging a book by its cover?

    Thanks for sharing, Barry.