The Susan Boyle phenomenon

| 23/04/2009

(Christian Science Monitor): It was to her elderly mother, sometime before she passed away, that Susan Boyle pledged she would "do something" with her life. Two years on from that loss, she honored that promise with a now almost legendary appearance on a British television talent show. A video clip of the Scot winning over skeptical judges and a cynical crowd with a rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream." from the musical "Les Misérables" has been viewed more than 40 million times, making it one of the most popular YouTube videos ever posted. The youngest of nine, Ms. Boyle is an unlikely global star. Or is she?

 

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