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Susan Boyle – C’mon people, get real

April 19, 2009

susan41Yes, Susan Boyle of Britain’s Got Talent fame had an amazing performance, she’s an overnight sensation, everyone loves her…  I’m seeing many articles rambling on about how rudely she was treated prior to her audition, about not judging a book by its cover, about prejudice and hatred, ad nauseum.  C’mon people, give it a rest.  I too loved this woman’s performance, her victory, and I wish the best for her.  From what I’ve read about her history, hey it’s her turn and I hope she enjoys it.

But regarding all the deeper meaning many are writing about, eh it’s a bunch of hooey.  I too would be appalled if people were this rude and dismissive to someone like Susan, say… if they met on the street or elsewhere causally or professionally.  That would be unacceptable.  However, this is Television.  It’s all part of the show.

Not all of the auditions make it into the show.  The judges and audience sit through hours and hours of auditions, it can be grueling I’m sure.  Only the best and best of the worst make it on.  I watched the whole show and after the seemingly endless parade of loser acts that the judges and the audience must endure, their reactions to just another apparent unlikely candidate such as Susan, who by the way acted very oddly, is to say the least, understandable.  Their upturned eyebrows and rolled eyes too are part of the show.  That’s why people watch; we humans love a good train wreck.

Everyone has seen these shows like Britain’s Got Talent, America’s Got Talent, Idol, and others and the contestants know very well the ridicule they are subjecting themselves to.  Many of them know they have no talent and just want to get on TV and make a fool of themselves.

Susan was genuinely quirky and the remarkable thing, her victory in all this, is that she overcame all that and her nervousness; she dove in leaving herself wide open for abuse, she belted it out not missing a beat, and she blind sided them.  THAT’s why we love her.  That’s why we teared up when we saw it; because as ashamed as we might be to admit it, we all rolled our eyes a little too at the beginning.

The simple, and perhaps sad truth is, if the judges and audience had not behaved the way they had before the performance, the outcome would not have been nearly as sweet.  I just hope she’s not a one hit wonder and cane come through on her next performance, for her sake.

I did just heard that a recording she did for a charity album 10 years ago just surfaced.  I’m not sure if this rendition of Cry Me a River is real, but have a listen and judge for yourself.  If it is real, I don’t think we have anything to worry about.

Following is the Britain’s Got Talent performance that started all this:
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Maggie Williams

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. ingrid permalink
    April 19, 2009 10:30 pm

    as to this cry me a river….that’s not susan boyle! you can hear the total difference in voice

  2. ingrid permalink
    April 19, 2009 10:26 pm

    the initial arrogance of audience and judges was not staged but genuine ignorance toward people not as sophisticated or attractive as we expect. nobody expected this village scarecrow to sound like this! this is why it struck all in the face when she opened her mouth! never judge a book by its cover!!!! silly to say, the initial arrogance was what made the performance! sorry, but susan boyle is great, period dot com. it maybe shocked everyone because of her lack of attractiveness probably also due to her mild disability, but fact is fact and her peformance was flawless. so, do not now doodle around now she would not have made such an impact had it not for the initial setting and rest assured she will again blow us away with her ability to sing flawlessly.TALENT IS TALENT! so stop try to minimize it with your feeble squabbling here.

  3. oregonamy1972 permalink
    April 19, 2009 10:35 am

    I totally agree with you! I love her performance but I agree, had she not acted quite so oddly it would not have been so amazing.

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