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Susan Boyle

Updated on June 14, 2013

Susan Boyle from Britain's Got Talent

Saturday April 11, 2009 was the first show in the third season of Britain's Got Talent. That was when viewers first met Susan Boyle.

Not living in the UK myself, I hadn't seen the show until the 14th. And I never would have had I not seen a link to a YouTube video on a message board I frequent. I didn't know what I was clicking over to see, just that it was unbelievable.

You HAVE to watch this performance, and I'm sure we will be hearing a lot of Susan in the weeks and months ahead. I got a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye, and have watched it again and again.

On Saturday May 23rd Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan announced that Susan Boyle is one of the 40 acts going on to the semi-finals. She performed Sunday the 24th in the first of five live semi-final shows. Susan sang "Memory" from the musical Cats. I thought she started out a bit shaky but she pulled through as she went on. Susan Boyle won the public vote and moved on to the finals.

Congrats to Susan Boyle!

On Saturday May 30th, singing I Dreamed A Dream for a second time, she placed 2nd on BGT.

Watch Susan's semi-final and final performance.

Susan Boyle on America's Got Talent - September 16, 2009

Wild Horses is a track from her new album I Dreamed A Dream.

Susan Boyle's Debut Album

The Gift - Susan's 2nd Studio Album

Someone to Watch Over Me - 3rd Album

Susan Boyle at a Glance

Susan Magdalane Boyle (born 1 April 1961) is a Scottish singer who came to international public attention when she appeared as a contestant on reality TV programme Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling CD on charts around the globe.

Global interest in Boyle was triggered by the contrast between her powerful mezzo-soprano voice and her plain appearance on stage. The juxtaposition of the audience's first impression of her, with the standing ovation she received during and after her performance, led to an international media and internet response...

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Where We First Met Susan

Week 1 Song: I Dreamed A Dream - From Les Miserables

Les Miserables
Les Miserables

I Dreamed A Dream is Track 5 on Disc 1


I Dreamed A Dream Lyrics

Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg

Sung by the character Fantine

I dreamed a dream in time gone by

When hope was high

And life worth living

I dreamed that love would never die

I dreamed that God would be forgiving

Then I was young and unafraid

And dreams were made and used and wasted

There was no ransom to be paid

No song unsung, no wine untasted

But the tigers come at night

With their voices soft as thunder

As they tear your hope apart

And they turn your dream to shame

And still I dream he'll come to me

That we will live our lives together

But there are dreams that cannot be

And there are storms we cannot weather

I had a dream my life would be

So different from this hell I'm living

So different now from what it seemed

Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.

Semi-Finals Song: Memory - From Cats

Memory Lyrics

Lyrics by Trevor Nunn

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Sung by the character Grizabella

Midnight, not a sound from the pavement

Has the moon lost her memory?

She is smiling alone

In the lamplight the withered leaves collect at my feet

And the wind begins to moan

Every streetlamp seems to beat a fatalistic warning

Someone mutters

And the streetlamp gutters

And soon it will be morning

Daylight, I must wait for the sunrise

I must think of a new life

And I mustn't give in

When the dawn comes tonight will be a memory too

And a new day will begin

Touch me, it's so easy to leave me

All alone with the memory

Of my days in the sun

If you touch me you'll understand what happiness is

Look a new day has begun

The 2009 Semi Finalists

10 Facts About Susan Boyle

  • Birthday: April 1st 1961
  • Youngest of 9 siblings
  • Started singing when she was 5
  • Started singing in choirs at 12
  • Grew up in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland
  • She's Catholic
  • Pets: A 10-year-old cat named Pebbles
  • Her favorite drink is lemonade
  • She's never been married or left her family home
  • She took care of her widowed mother until her passing in 2007

Quick, what do you think of Susan Boyle?

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Susan's Easter Story

April 13, 2009

It's 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 Saturday's show, hasn't 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 it's lovely when all the kids stop me in the street to congratulate me."

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Interview with the West Lothian Courier

Cry Me A River 1999 Recording

Cry Me A River 1999 Recording

Susan in 1984 at age 22! - The Way We Were

Share your stories, sightings, thoughts, rants, raves...

Susan On Tour

Susan On Tour
Susan On Tour

Shout Out For Susan Boyle!

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      Renaissance Woman 7 years ago from Colorado

      When I first saw the video of Ms. Boyle's initial performance on YouTube (her "I Dreamed A Dream" moment), I got goosebumps. It was an electrifying moment. To see a virtually unknown person, as regular as can be, rise to such instant fame was heart-warming. I love when "common" people achieve uncommon, extraordinary success by sharing their unique gifts. I say: Good for Susan Boyle! I know the pressure has been intense for her and some people have been ugly. That is what happens when one is under the media glare and public microscope. I, for one, wish her only great fulfillment and joy as she continues to touch people worldwide with her passion... singing. Nicely done!

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      termit_bronx 7 years ago

      Susan has a wonderful voice! She deserves all the awards she received. Her story is absolutely amazing.

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      I do love Susan Boyle -- and totally enjoyed The Susan Boyle story last week on television. She is amazing! Absolutely super talented! She makes me smile when she sings.

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      grannysage 8 years ago

      Just wandering through doing some research on Susan. She is really sensational. I enjoyed all the videos and hope she and Elaine Paige do the duet.Lots of great info here. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Susan is truly one of a kind. I wish her a long and happy career!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Susan's voice is fabulous, and I love her sense of humor. She's a dear girl and a wonderful singer whose music is fit for the angels.

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      Suzie-Shine 8 years ago

      It hasn't all been plain sailing for Susan. As you probably know she didn't win Britain's Got Talent and ended up in a clinic on mental health issues (she is now out). She has learning difficulties and the worldwide publicity was probably too much for her to handle. I feel in a way that she has been manipulated by the show's producers. A nice voice though.Suzie.

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      California_Dreamin 8 years ago

      I'm rooting--as is most everyone else I suppose--for Susan Boyle to win Britain's Got Talent. Hers is such a great story. Her life is like so many Hollywood movies where you think that nothing like that could ever happen in reality, but then there's Susan up there on stage belting it out, and you think to yourself, "Well, maybe dreams really do come true."

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      mrsm54321 8 years ago

      Susan Boyle is an exceptional singer but I don't really understand the media frenzy going around the internet! Is it her talent or is it because she isn't your typical star which has caused all the fuss?It appears that everyone thinks that her winning Britain's Got Talent is a done deal but there are a lot of other really good participants in this years show.

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      Tobbie LM 8 years ago

      Great Lens, thanks for introducing me to

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      Slothlover LM 8 years ago

      WOW! All I can say is WOW! I heard about her on CNN then saw the video! I watched the video and knew something amazing was in store! The video was so emotional and a tear came to my eye, especially as she won! It just gas so much energy, so much emotion! And she has such a beautiful voice! I just want to say if you have a dream, never let anyone stop you. Sure, they'll try to convince you you never be good enough, pretty enough etc, but you don't have to listen. Follow your instincts. Follow your heart. :) Let Susan Boyle be an inspiration to everyone showing them no matter who they are they can do awesome things!

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      PJT04 8 years ago

      I love her voice. It was a very pretty song!

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      OK I missed the boat as always.

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      eclecticeducati1 9 years ago

      Great lens! Susan Boyle certainly has a lot of talent. Hopefully she'll go far. 5* ~Lynn

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      One of the prettiest voices I've ever heard. Absolutely flawless. I've seen the recent video several times an never tire of it. I loved "Cry Me A River," too. Great lens! I hope all of Susan Boyle's dreams come true! A natural talent, indeed!

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      Annie McMahon 9 years ago from New Jersey

      The world is becoming a friendlier place to live, where you don't have to be a certain color to become President, and you don't have to be a top model to become a famous singer. I love that!

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      I think she is inspirational!

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      AndrewMilburn LM 9 years ago

      What can one say............................................... Susan is outstanding, amazing, well done.

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      What a wonderful and inspiring story. I saw this as I am in the UK at the moment. I hope that she is getting some help with her new found fame as I am sure it must be overwhelming.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I have only just picked up on this as I dont read a newspaper every day and I dont watch Britains Got Talent. However, this lady is absolutely inspirational. The faces of some of the audience, before she started to sing, really brings it home how much people are judged on first appearances and that is something that has always annoyed me. But Susan really showed 'em!

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      Janusz LM 9 years ago

      Okay I´ll admit it, I shed a tear (or two).. What an inspiration & a lesson to us all to never judge a Book by it´s cover!! Blessed by a Squid Angel :) Chef pass the Hanky.

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      sittonbull 9 years ago

      This is the kind of talent and unabashed delivery that gives you chills and tears and all the "feel good" joy that an unanticipated serendipity can bring! My cousin had sent it to me in an email and I sent it to my squidoo friends who led me to this lens. Wonderful Cinderella story!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      I wish Susan a long and happy life now that she has been so deservidly recognised, I hope she does not get used by the media for their gain, and I only wish that I could have her talent. Very Good Luck in the future.

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a great ugly duckling story. I'm so glad she stunned those judges and the crowd. I hope she goes far!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      What a beautiful lady! I'm so happy to see her recognized, and am pretty sure her dream will be realized. Blessings...

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Un-be-lievable! Got me bawling like a baby...5*s and a SquidAngel Blessing before I go looking for a hanky...

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      ctavias0ffering1 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens in honour of a lady who deserves every success she gets. I've seen her on TV here in the last few days and she has an amazing voice. Excellent lens, well worth 5* and a sprinkling of Angel Dust

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 9 years ago from Northern California

      Angel Blessings for this Singing Angel. You got to making this before I had a chance to do one. Well done.

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, wasn't expecting that one. It'll be interesting to see what happens next on that show! Except like you said, we don't get that show.

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      Carol Goss 9 years ago

      What an amain singer!!!!!

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      SherryHolderHunt 9 years ago

      Wow, she is Amazing! 5*s

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      Linda Hoxie 9 years ago from Idaho

      Christene,I just watched a youtube video in my email with Susan Boyle singing at the Britains Got Talent show, she is absolutely incredible! Well chosen person for this Squidwho lens. My best, Linda