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What will happen to Susan Boyle?
Whether the 47-year-old will parlay her YouTube success into a professional singing career
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he future’s looking bright for Susan Boyle, said Vidya Ram in Forbes. With the YouTube video of her “I Dreamed a Dream” performance on Britain’s Got Talent pulling in more than 19 million hits in just a week, the dowdy 47-year-old from Scotland “has become an instant celebrity.” She’s “touched a chord” with people all over the world, and “Oprah Winfrey has already invited her to appear on her show”—if Boyle “plays her cards right, she'll probably become a millionaire too.”

Let’s hope not, said Jeanne McManus in The Washington Post. “I pray she can be preserved and defended from stylists, colorists, manicurists, eyebrow waxers, record producers, morning talk shows, and other makeover mavens who will seek to dye her roots, define her waistline, and steal her purity.”

Don’t worry about it, said Dominic Cavendish in the Daily Telegraph. Boyle may be an Internet sensation, but “acquiring star status is another matter. To do that society's attitudes and prejudices about age and appearance would have to be transformed—and miracles on that scale don't happen.”

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