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  1. Lissie profile image82
    Lissieposted 8 years ago

    Think you are too old to chase your dream? Figure life is for the young and if you are over 30 or 40 you've missed your chance? Check out the likely winner of Britian's Got Talent Show - maybe talent is enough and you don't have to look the part? http://australia.today.com/2009/04/16/b … ged-woman/

  2. Lisa HW profile image73
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    Wasn't that a nice story?   smile   It's nice you've mentioned it here.  She's amazing, and I'm picturing that a year from now she'll have CD's and a make-over and be on her well on her way.  I can't think of anyone out there (pop professional) who has as beautiful or powerful a voice.  That's a goosebumps and tears kind of story.   smile

    1. profile image44
      badcompany99posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Be one hell of a makeover !!

      1. Lisa HW profile image73
        Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Oh - did we have to take this nice story down that road?   smile  (but thanks for the laugh this early in the morning)

        Now that I've recovered from laughing, and without staying on "this road" too long; I still predict that a year from now people will be surprised at how much more polished this talented lady will look on CD covers or during interviews. Either way, it looks like she has a shot a whole new life.

      2. AEvans profile image80
        AEvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I believe her beauty sets her aside from so many and her voice is absolutely Angelic. She has a gift that most of us wish we had, her beauty began on the inside. smile

  3. Anamika S profile image54
    Anamika Sposted 8 years ago

    Good Post Lissie!

  4. Julaha profile image58
    Julahaposted 8 years ago

    I didn't open the link, but even without that I know for sure that life begins much after 30 or 40 for many people.

    Here in India we are having elections and the prime ministerial candidate Mr. L.K.Advani is all of 81.

    And I have read in Napoleon Hill's books, (Think and Get Rich, for example)that most men and women achieve their life's greatest achievements after they pass 40 years.

    He argues that it takes us that long to commit enough mistakes in life to realise what is right and where we should be heading.

  5. Whitney05 profile image85
    Whitney05posted 8 years ago

    I hate to say it, but I'm tired of hearing about this lady. She's been on the internet since the day she aired the show, tv, and radio.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I'm happy to have some good news whenever. It is a very touching story.

  6. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
    GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years ago

    I saw her on the news earlier today. I was quite surprised, and very impressed. This lady needs a record deal like there's no tomorrow.

  7. mandybeau profile image55
    mandybeauposted 8 years ago

    You have to wonder why she didn't do it earlier, and I agree with Badcompany....Need to be a hell of a makeover,  I think we expect the whole package in our entertainers looks, figure/physique, but then I am the wrong person, to sell this to, as I think for example, Why do people create fat people special ranges,? Why instead not encourage, good eating patterns. Lets face it we all know that is not good to carry a load of surpuflous weight.
    I just feel that someone like this will probably not get the notice, that she probably deserves based on talent. There are truckloads of beautiful young woman that are also talented... So for someone like that to compete and succeed, above those people would not be pragmatic.

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well heck, she could pair up with Brittany Spears! She lip syncs well and people seem to think she's got a pleasing figure. wink

      Milli Vanilli only sucked because people were lead to believe that it was all from one artist...

    2. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      According to a newspaper article I read, she didn't do it earlier because she was looking after her sick mother. Her mother was trying to get her to try out for Britain's Got Talent. Then she was too upset to sing after her mother died.

      What size are people supposed to be? Not everyone can have the perfect body. The average woman is a size 14...

  8. Lisa HW profile image73
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    There are lots of heavy singers in the world for whom having extra weight hasn't stopped their success.  Then there are lots of slim ones (Michael Jackson, Celine Dionne) about whom people will say they like their music but "can't stand looking at them".

    I don't think, for this lady, it's about weight.  It's more about polish - but then someone like Britney Spears has her own version of "not polished" in her off-stage life too.

    As far as making people aware of healthy eating goes; in the US the average woman wears - like - a size 14.  Just like everyone else, I know a lot of them.  A very common thing I see is that they give their families all the right foods; but because the average middle-aged woman (particularly mothers) often has a lot of stress or demands, many take in more carb calories than is good for a middle-aged metabolism just to get enough of an energy boost to keep going.

    To me, that woman is close to 50 years.  Nobody's going to be expecting her to look like any of the not-particularly-talented 20-year-old singers that make their money with their sex appeal, rather than their talent.  It's not like that had to roll her own on a wheelchair or anything.  She's like half the rest of the middle-aged women in the world.  I give the people who would be buying her kind of music more credit than to think her weight (or other appearance "issues") would stop them.

    I think what most people who saw that video/show found sickening was the number of people who were so quick to make scornful faces before she got to show her talent.  How disgusting.  Let's all just make the slender, professionally made up, electronically-enhanced, teenagers our heroes and write off genuine talent.

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Well said, and highly agreed. But hey, don't bash AutoTune.... wink

      (In case you wonder how so many of our artists are 'on key' anymore, here's why: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autotune ; If you've listened to the radio lately...there's no major artist that hasn't used this in their work. Many won't claim they have, but they're most likely lying or just don't know what they're producer is doing.)



  9. Lisa HW profile image73
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I'm not even capable of detecting which artist sings with perfection; but I know I'm not hearing a lot of voices that sound like great talent to me.

    What irks me about the Susan Boyle situation is more that she wasn't a candidate on "American's Top Model" (not that I've ever even seen that show.)  Making faces under that situation would have been appropriate and understandable.  People shouldn't have been so shocked that someone who isn't "model material" (to say the least) just may have talent.

  10. Lissie profile image82
    Lissieposted 8 years ago

    EXACTLY my point Lisa - the show is about Talent not looks or beauty - unless someone comes on with a runway show! What pissed me off was that she has been bullied like this for her whole life - it obviously left scars - and nothing has changed even though we don't support bullies anymore yeah right!

    Why does she need a makeover - her hair is obviously home cut - its frizzy and out of control - she's unemployed - she can't afford a regular hair cut. She gets a contract she will get a hair cut.  She doesn't wear makeup or pluck her eyebrows - neither do I - cause I don't care what I look like. She's not exactly obese just a little overweight but has the unfortunate genetics to a double chin. Pavarotti was a lot fatter for most of his career, Joan Sutherland wasn't slim or particularly pretty. She needs a better wardrobe - but frankly we have probably already seen the 2 dresses she owns - again why would she have more on a limited budget?

    The telling thing for me was the absolute amazement on her face when she got the votes - she had no idea that she was good - she never believed in herself because of all the bullying she has had for all of her life.

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Women have been told from day one to be thin, beautiful, and sexy.
      How can you expect a woman, even with her most amazing voice, to rise in a record industry?

      I personally would buy her music, even if its not generally my pipe of crack...because she is one of the few, rare, gifted singers we have today.

    2. mandybeau profile image55
      mandybeauposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Why would someone not care what they looked like. Thats awful, I think people can look good even when they are old, and I don't think people should be fat, it isn't healthy and Pavarotti proved that didn't he. Decent diet and he would still be singing today. Also if people are talented they should use that talent to make money then perhaps, she would have more than two dresses.
      The makeover idea is a must as no agent would touch her without tiding her up, no matter how she sings. Theres alot of talent out there, and alot as I said before is the total package.

      1. Lissie profile image82
        Lissieposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Hmm because it doesnt matter to me- at all really. Would you stop talking to me online if you realised that I only ever wear makeup when I am performing? That I have never plucked my eyebrows? I used to wear makeup occasionally when I was dating but I have a partner who sees what I look like in the mornings anyway so why bother with an illusion for the world? What I am is nothing to do with what I look like.

        Pavarotti was morbidly obese - Susan Doyle is slightly overweight but today's society's ideals - so was Marilyn Monroe - its the fashion to be thin at the moment, the health argument is hard to prove either way for slightly over-weight people - obviously if you have trouble walking you have a problem!

        1. mandybeau profile image55
          mandybeauposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          As a dancer, I was too tall, at 6 foot... I used to be a size 8 which was also ridiculous. I tend to be more on the average size these days.
          But I feel that the type of person, that is going out there on the World platfrom, should look the part.
          Eyebrow plucks are affordable for everyone, hers are the worst I have seen in ages and I retouch people photography.. around $15.00 US.
          and nice clothes are available for ridiculously cheap prices from China, it doesn't need to be Haute Couture, but it needs to be this season. Make up would have improved the look, she appears to have not even applied any. Things like ruddy complexions can be fixed with make up.
          Hair, Today there is no need to have unruly hair, You don't even need a stylist, just a straightener, some product, good shampoo, and conditioner, plus a good cleansing programme is important.
          But I guess if someone wants to look like a Bag Lady and have no pride in their appearance so be it.
          Lissie, you look good from your photo, you have well defined eeyebrow, very good skin, but some people are not this lucky.
          What i am saying is that if this lady wants to survive in what is a Dog eats Dog Industry, she will need to have a makeover of some type, I am not advocating plastic surgery, just the methods above.

          1. mandybeau profile image55
            mandybeauposted 8 years agoin reply to this
    3. Lisa HW profile image73
      Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      She was amazed, and that made it even more moving.

      My comment about the make-over wasn't coming from saying, "She needs a make-over".  It was coming from thinking that every time anyone ends up in the public eye part of the process is usually that some version of "handlers" will arrange to have them get their hair and make-up professionally done.  We saw it with Princess Diana (even though she was pretty to start with). First Ladies get their professional make-up/hair people.  The same for people who get their pictures done for CD covers.

      Someone mentioned that Susan Boyle had some learning problems in school, lots of kids with learning problems suffer with social (and sometimes fashion) awkwardness.  Like a lot of people, if I ever become famous (for some reason, and it would not be my voice, that's for sure), I'm going to need the professional make-over too.   smile   What I think of, too, is if anyone has ever seen a good number of famous women without their make-up a lot of them aren't anything to write home about.  That was my main point:  Based on what hair, make-up, and clothing can do for some pretty ordinary looking people; I don't see this talented lady's appearance as the big issue some people may think it is.  Oh well, it's a nice story for her (finally, it would seem).

  11. Herald Daily profile image77
    Herald Dailyposted 8 years ago

    I watched the video news about this on Yahoo today.  She has an INCREDIBLE voice!  I was also amused by Simon Cowell's reaction, he so seldom is extremely impressed.

    I hope that she does get a beautiful new life.

  12. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    But, some people are overweight. There are successful singers today who are not pencil thin...look at Adele for one.

    And overweight people are not all unhealthy...
    I am slightly overweight but my doctor says that is fine...that it's not a problem. Of course, being obese is a totally different thing, which Pavarotti was.

    1. Lisa HW profile image73
      Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      and yet even he lived into his seventies.  He had the kind of extra weight that looked like he wouldn't live past 50.  He knew how to make the most of his appearance and turn his extra weight into part of his character.  (We miss Pavarotti.  smile  )

  13. Rochelle Frank profile image96
    Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago

    I thought it was a very inspiring story and performance.

    Seems to me there was another similar one about a young guy who normally wouldn't get a second look who turned out to have a powerful and inspiring operatic voice.

    This British program apparently doesn't have the  interminable auditions and tryouts before the same judges( like American Idol) before they get to the quality.

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Must be superior British blood. wink

      Least we forget, though, American Idol it's self is a British import.

      1. Rochelle Frank profile image96
        Rochelle Frankposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Not sure I was quite clear, but I think the Brit version seems better because they perhaps don't go through all the rejects first.  I don't watch "Idol".

        1. Lisa HW profile image73
          Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Was it Neil E. Boyd, on "American's Got Talent"?  He's a young guy who has been working in the insurance business; and when he was on the show he was very emotional and kind of unsure of himself.  He's amazing.

          1. earnestshub profile image87
            earnestshubposted 8 years agoin reply to this
  14. JamaGenee profile image84
    JamaGeneeposted 8 years ago

    Came out of the cave long enough to watch Susan Boyle's **incredible** performance - *three* times!

    First, I don't think she's a fatty at all. Maybe a few extra pounds, but nowhere near *obese*.  I suspect the double chin is genetic, not fat. 

    What I saw was a 47-yr-old woman whose posture on stage rivaled that of pros who've been performing all their adult lives.

    Proper clothes, a new do and makeup (and yes, those eyebrows *have* to go!) she'll be a knockout because she has *presence*.  Which has nothing to do with physical "beauty".  The way she strutted across the stage (and that hip tease for Simon) shows she's comfortable in her own skin. 

    Not a doubt in my mind we'll be seeing her CDs in record stores soon!