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Why Susan Boyle shined on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’
How a “dowdy, never-been-kissed 47-year-old" woman became an overnight sensation

“A star is born,” said Karen D’Souza in the San Jose Mercury News. Who would have guessed that “dowdy, never-been-kissed 47-year-old Scottish warbler Susan Boyle” would bring the house down on Britain’s Got Talent? (watch Susan Boyle's performance) Her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables “brought tears to my eyes.” Boyle “may live alone with her cat Pebbles, but she is so my hero.”

It’s easy to understand why so many people are now smitten with Boyle, said Lisa Schwarzbaum in Entertainment Weekly. “In our pop-minded culture so slavishly obsessed with packaging—the right face, the right clothes, the right attitudes, the right Facebook posts—the unpackaged artistic power of the un-styled, un-hip, un-kissed Ms. Boyle” restores our faith in the power of “human grace.”

It will be interesting to see where all this attention leads Boyle, said Chris Matyszczyk in CNET News. In just a few days, “more than 6 million people have already turned to YouTube to see what all the fuss is about.” Boyle is “now famous” and will probably “get a recording contract.” But somehow it seems as if “she might not enjoy it all as others might.”

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