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  • CNN The 47-year-old Boyle, who says she has never been kissed, was catapulted into the spotlight after her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical “Les Miserables,” on the television show “Britain’s Got Talent” at the weekend.

    Simon Cowell described her performance as “extraordinary,” while fellow judge Piers Morgan said it was the biggest surprise he’d ever had on the show.

    A clip of Boyle’s performance has now had more than 11 million views on YouTube and the world’s media have beaten a path to her door in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland.

    Cowell is reportedly already trying to piece together a record deal for Boyle, an unemployed charity worker, who lives with her cat, Pebbles.

    For fans of Boyle, who attracted laughs and sniggers when she first appeared on stage before winning a standing ovation, the album cannot come quick enough.

    CNN has been inundated with hundreds of messages of support for Boyle.

    Simone said: “I’ve been so depressed all day but hearing this woman sing and reading her story gave me a pick-me-up… I look forward to hearing more of her and I hope to buy her CD as soon as it hits the shelves.”

    Cynthia wanted Cowell to move quickly.

    “She brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. I hope Simon does get her a record contract…I’ll buy her CD. Never judge a book by it’s cover. Susan Boyle, you go, girl!”

    Jim described Boyle’s talent as “unbelievable” and “beautiful.”

    “I wish Susan the very best in her new life and hopefully someone has put her under contract. Thank you for such a beautiful song.”

    Larry wanted to offer Boyle a kiss.

    “I have just heard you sing for the first time — thanks to CNN — and I must tell you this: You are a fabulous talent, simply amazing to me that no one took advantage of your voice and passion up until now. I am a happily married man, but if I were not, and if I was in the audience, I can guarantee you that I would ask for a kiss, and if you were gracious enough to indulge me, well that would have been one of the great highlights of my life. Looking forward to the first of many albums.”

    Boyle, meanwhile, has been taking it all in her stride.

    “It’s lovely when all the kids stop me in the street to congratulate me,” she told the show’s Web site.

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  • Its been quite a weekend for BGT sensation Susan Boyle.

    The 47 year-old singer, who delighted everyone with her powerful performance of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Mis on Saturdays show, hasnt let stardom go to her head.

    Instead she turned up for church as usual on Easter Sunday morning, reportedly receiving rapturous applause from her friends in the congregation.

    She said, It was incredible. Although we sing in church not a lot of them know how good I was, so it was a bit of a shock for them.

    Everyone is very nice and its lovely when all the kids stop me in the street to congratulate me.

    Many of the churchgoers know Susan well but for different reasons. Currently unemployed, the singer devotes a lot of time doing community work on the churchs behalf.

    She told us, I like to help out where I can and I mostly do voluntary work. I help out the elderly, stuff like that. And I visit people in hospital. Ive been doing that for a year and a half now.

    Its been a tough time for Susan, who now lives alone in her childhood home following the death of her 91 year-old mother, Bridget, in 2007.

    But Susans positive attitude – as well as her desire to keep busy – has kept her spirits up.

    She told us, A lot of things can happen that have been really sad and youve got to cover it up. You either laugh or youd greet (cry). And wed all be greeting, that would be a terrible mess.

    Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone. I dont intend to be alone for long.

    Judging by the many messages of support on this website, Susan has millions of new friends and fans out there, for starters. And the people of West Lothian are certainly behind her all the way!

    She smiled, The whole village is cheering me on. West Lothian would wish me well, I hope, that is the kind of community it is.

    And I will be doing my best. Before I left, they told me, ‘If you can behave yourself and stop your carry on, you will do well. You can sing okay’.

    Who am I to let them down?

  • Audrey Hepburn’s voice (for ‘My Fair Lady’), and Deborah Kerr’s (‘The King and I’, and ‘An Affair to Remember’)

    Tremendous voice…..’Unsung’ heroine…

    “God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.” — Robin Williams

  • also Boyle singing Cry Me A River

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    Susan Boyle’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent has been viewed 25 million times on YouTube. Photograph: AP

    As global media phenomena go, little could surpass Susan Boyle’s stratospheric rise to superstardom. So, what better high note to end an extraordinary week, one that has seen the 47-year-old Scottish singing spinster win plaudits from around the world, than the prospect of a duet with her heroine, Elaine Paige?

    It was just before her life-changing performance on Britain’s Got Talent last Saturday that Boyle revealed her dream: to become a professional singer as successful as Paige – with whom she has sung along countless times, alone, in front of her bedroom mirror, equipped with a hairbrush for a microphone.

    Now, in a message of support, Paige, the original Evita in London’s West End, has punted the idea of the pair singing together. “Ever since Susan’s appearance on Britain’s Got Talent my Radio 2 inbox has been flooded with emails,” she writes on her website.

    “It seems her performance has captured the hearts of everyone who saw it, me included … it looks like I have competition! Perhaps we should record a duet?”

    But then anything, it seems, could happen now in the incredible brave new world Boyle inhabits. As Paige puts it: “She is a role model for everyone who has a dream.”


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