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  1. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    WOW, She is Great... Beautiful voice...

    I personally thought of Americas Kate Smith of years gone by....the seeming magic of Ms Smith's voice as she would sing, GOD BLESS AMERICA...
    Yesterday Glenn Beck wanted to show this entire video on his program but there were legalities involved. Chief

  2. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    Watched it live on Saturday night, amazing. My niece is on the TV crew, and her boyfriend is a cameraman on the same show. Go figure!!!!

  3. PPK 32

    PPK 32 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Frickin, Illinois
    Its on You Tube, saw the clip---very awesome, what a voice!!!
  4. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    April 18, 2009
    Unlikely Singer Is YouTube Sensation
    LONDON — She has been watched by more than 20.2 million people (and counting) on YouTube, Twittered about by Demi and Ashton, praised by Patti LuPone, admired by the bloggerati, snapped by the paparazzi, swarmed by camera crews, interrogated by reporters and restyled, sort of, for American television.

    But now Susan Boyle, the middle-aged church volunteer whose soaring performance of “I Dreamed a Dream” on a British talent show last week turned her into the world’s newest instant celebrity, at, is trying to catch her breath.

    “All the attention has been quite an upheaval, and she is quite tired,” Miss Boyle’s brother, John, told reporters on Thursday outside her tiny pebbledash cottage in tiny, previously unexciting Blackburn, Scotland. “I have taken her away to let her have some peace and quiet before the next round.”

    “The next round” refers, of course, to “Britain’s Got Talent,” the “X-Factor”-style competition in which the unglamorous, unfashionable Miss Boyle, 47, confounded a multitude of stereotypes by unveiling her gorgeous singing voice last Saturday night. Part of the joy of watching her performance was seeing the obnoxious, smarmy grimaces disappear from the faces of Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan, two of the show’s judges, and seeing the audience shift, in an instant, from tittering condescension to open-mouthed admiration.

    Miss Boyle is unmarried (and unkissed, she told the program), has no job, lives with her cat and has until now sung mostly in her local church. But she has become a heroine not only to people dreaming of being catapulted from obscurity to fame but also to those who cheer her triumph over looks-ism and ageism in a world that so values youth and beauty.

    Her life has changed irrevocably. The show has provided her with a publicist, whose job is to run interference and field basic questions, like, Is Miss Boyle available for an interview? (No is the answer.) But though the storms are gathering, they will have to gather in a contained manner for at least the next month. “Britain’s Got Talent” is still in its early stages, where the judges pick contestants from regional auditions, and Miss Boyle’s next chance of appearing does not come until May 23, the semifinal round.

    Nor, according to the contract that all contestants sign, may Miss Boyle speak to potential managers or begin negotiating, say, a recording deal until the show is finished, said Sara Lee, the publicist.

    Miss Boyle’s revelatory performance brings to mind one from the series’s first season, in 2007. That time, Paul Potts, a tubby, dentally challenged, cripplingly shy Welsh cellphone salesman walked onstage and, looking as if he were about to cry, announced that he wanted to “sing opera.”

    The judges sighed and smirked. But then Mr. Potts burst forth into a soaring rendition of “Nessun dorma,” the aria from Puccini’s “Turandot,” forcing them into a quick re-evaluation and astonishing the equally skeptical audience. Mr. Potts’s audition clip has now been viewed more than 43 million times on YouTube, at

    He went on to win the competition, sell two million copies of his first album, embark on a worldwide tour and inspire Prime Minister Gordon Brown to declare that he proved that “Britain really does have huge amounts of talent.”

    Mr. Potts had had a small amount of training and experience. Miss Boyle’s apparently complete lack of formal training fits more purely into the archetypal talent-competition narrative: Unknown From Nowhere Reveals Extraordinary Gift and Stuns World.

    Miss Boyle’s performance has been significant, too, in that it has unexpectedly provoked a debate about prejudice against the not so young and not so beautiful. The contradictions in the situation seem encapsulated by the fact that the third “Britain’s Got Talent” judge, Amanda Holden — who is lovely, 38, artfully put together and seemingly unable to move her face to register surprise — said that Miss Boyle should resist submitting to a Hollywood-style makeover.

    “I won’t let Simon Cowell take her to his dentist, and I certainly won’t let her near his hairdresser,” she told The Daily Mirror. “The minute we turn her into a glamourpuss is when it’s spoilt.”

    Miss Boyle certainly seems like a media naïf: she is “lacking in the whole conventional-pop-star-persona thing” is how Talia Manzo of MTV News described it on the music network’s Web site, That is refreshing, too, providing a welcome corrective to the familiar parade of slick self-publicists. She has been giving the briefest of responses to questions about herself, not venturing beyond Michael Phelps-style “I take it in my stride” and “I can only do my best, like everybody else” remarks.

    This week, her hair newly curled and her brows newly plucked, she appeared stunned, wooden, nearly monosyllabic and barely able to open her eyes when she was a guest on “The Early Show” on CBS. It was only when she began to sing “I Dreamed a Dream,” a capella, that she looked at the camera, and her personality seemed to flood into her.

    In a blog on The Huffington Post, the feminist writer Letty Cottin Pogrebin said that she had e-mailed multiple copies of the original YouTube clip, with the subject line “Ageism Be Damned,” to the people on her “Women’s Issues” e-mail list. Many of the women who saw it, she said, wept as they watched.

    “I’d wager that most of our joyful tears were fueled by the moral implicit in Susan’s fairy-tale performance: ‘You can’t tell a book by its cover,’ ” Ms. Pogrebin wrote.

    The audience and judges “were initially blinded by entrenched stereotypes of age, class, gender and Western beauty standards,” she added, “until her book was opened, and everybody saw what was inside.”
  5. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona

    There was a time when men were kind,
    And their voices were soft,
    And their words inviting.
    There was a time when love was blind,
    And the world was a song,
    And the song was exciting.
    There was a time when it all went wrong...

    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.

    He slept a summer by my side,
    He filled my days with endless wonder...
    He took my childhood in his stride,
    But he was gone when autumn came!

    And still I dream he'll come to me,
    That we will live the years 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...

  6. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Snellville, GA
    Yes she has the voice of an angel. just goes to show that you cant always judge a book by its cover and you have to find the beauty within!
  7. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    I had my grandson listen to the lady yesterday and he was greatly impressed. I keep hearing someone wants to make her up or make her over...not sure of the terms used...Hey Tony, I note your location being Georgia...I have a very good friend living in Villa Rica...moved there from Las Vegas a year or so ago...grows a garden that certainly produced a bounty of good things...Chief
    PS...I think they ought to leave the lady, the lady she was, when she sang so very well!!!
  8. Tony22-250

    Tony22-250 New Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Snellville, GA
    wow really i just moved to Snellville from Temple GA only 5 miles from villia rica and i worked in an Italian restaurant for a while called Covallies in villa rica. I still go shooting in temple with good friends, at their house across the street form advanced bullets!!!

    I don't think the should make Susan Boyle over shes good the way she is!
    Last edited: May 1, 2009
  9. whitemach

    whitemach New Member

    Apr 4, 2009
  10. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    Catherine Zeta-Jones is regularly voted one of the world’s most beautiful women and is married to Hollywood legend Michael Douglas. The dowdy 47-year-old Susan Boyle, on the other hand, became a YouTube sensation after footage of her singing “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables during an audition for Britain’s Got Talent became the most viewed YouTube clip of all time, earning more than 100million hits.

    Dubbed the “hairy angel” by the British media because of her pre-makeover untamed hair and untamed eyebrows, Susan is a shy church volunteer from Scotland.

    The Welsh-born Zeta-Jones, 39, has been inquiring about purchasing the film rights to the singer’s life story after Susan’s sensational appearance on Britain’s Got Talent three weeks ago.

    A source on Britain’s Got Talent told the Daily Mail on Wednesday: “This is one of many requests we have had to play her [Miss Boyle], for movie deals and for stories of her life.”

    The star of the box office smash Chicago is reportedly lobbying Oscar-winning film director James Cameron to direct the film.

    “All these people are coming out and want to be associated with her. She is the biggest thing in the world.”

    A spokesman for Susan declined to comment. Catherine’s publicist insists nothing has been planned just yet.
  11. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

    Jan 31, 2001
    Glendale Arizona
    Susan Boyle, the frumpy Scotswoman who became a worldwide singing sensation last month, may wind up as the winner this week of “Britain’s Got Talent,” the hit ITV show.

    After a six-week absence, she returned on Sunday night to sing “Memory” from the musical “Cats,” wowing the crowd and advancing to Saturday’s finale. The producers immediately posted her performance on the Internet for the rest of the world to see.

    She has already won a popularity contest on YouTube, where videos of her performances in April have been viewed an astounding 220 million times.

    But until now, her runaway Web success has made little money for the program’s producers or distributors.

    FremantleMedia Enterprises, a production company that owns the international digital rights to the talent show, hastily uploaded video clips to YouTube in the wake of Ms. Boyle’s debut, but the clips do not appear to be generating any advertising revenue for the company. The most popular videos of Ms. Boyle were not the official versions but rather copies of the TV show posted by individual users.

    The case reflects the inability of big media companies to maximize profit from supersize Internet audiences that seem to come from nowhere. In essence, the complexities of TV production are curbing the Web possibilities. “Britain’s Got Talent” is produced jointly by three companies and distributed in Britain by a fourth, ITV, making it difficult to ascertain which of the companies can claim a video as its own.

    Before the current season of the talent show started on April 11, the parties tried to cut a distribution deal with YouTube, but they could not agree on terms, according to two people with knowledge of the talks. The people asked for anonymity before they would discuss confidential negotiations.

    YouTube, a unit of Google, has been keen to make money from its hulking library of online video by signing contracts with copyright owners and sharing the revenue from ads it sells before, during, after and alongside the videos. Major media companies have shown varying degrees of interest in these deals, in part because they are reticent to split much money with Google.

    Then Simon Cowell, an “American Idol” judge who is also a producer and a host of “Britain’s Got Talent,” helped introduce Ms. Boyle to the world.

    Her performance was a made-for-TV fairy tale: a dowdy 48-year-old makes awkward jokes, the audience engages in a collective eye-roll, then the performer shocks everyone by bursting into a soulful, Broadway-worthy rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream.”

    Cut to the amazed faces in the theater, hear the judge Piers Morgan call her singing “without a doubt the biggest surprise I have had in three years on this show,” and cut to commercial.

    On YouTube, though, where the segment was viewed by more people than could ever have witnessed it on TV in Britain, there were no commercials. The tens of millions of views swiftly brought YouTube and the producers back to the negotiating table, according to the people with knowledge of the talks, and soon they reached a deal for video clips.

    YouTube was especially interested in a deal, according to the people with knowledge of the talks, because the company was essentially losing money by serving every video stream without recouping any of the costs.

    FremantleMedia, which had registered YouTube accounts for the next several seasons of “Britain’s Got Talent” in advance, uploaded dozens of clips from the show in late April. But American viewers are not seeing ads on the video pages, suggesting that the companies still do not see eye to eye.

    FremantleMedia “is investigating the best routes to monetize the channel in conjunction with relevant partners,” said a spokeswoman, Belinda Thomas, who said the company would not comment further.

    The production companies and YouTube worked through the weekend on a more comprehensive deal, one of the people with knowledge of the talks said. The deal would enable FremantleMedia to place ads against unofficial copies of the show, using YouTube’s “Content ID” system, which companies like Universal Music already use. For now, the copies simply show a message directing users to the official talent show channel managed by FremantleMedia.

    “We’re glad to be helping Britain share its talents with the rest of the world,” a YouTube spokesman, Ricardo Reyes, said. “It’s up to our partners to decide what to do with their videos on YouTube.”

    How much money have the parties lost? In the days after Ms. Boyle’s debut, The Times of London published what it called a “crude estimate” suggesting that the parties involved had left $1.87 million on the table.

    That is based on 75 million streams of the various clips of Ms. Boyle, which the newspaper estimated could get $20 to $35 for every 1,000 views in the United States, and more than that in Britain.

    While other TV networks act quickly to remove videos when users upload them without copyright permissions, ITV has “nonexistent piracy enforcement on YouTube,” said David Burch, a marketing manager at TubeMogul, an online measurement firm.

    The broadcaster and producers allowed the copies to stay online because they created buzz for the program. The clips have received more than a half-million user comments.

    The view counts continued to grow as people awaited Ms. Boyle’s next performance. Visible Measures, a company that tracks online video placements, said Ms. Boyle was responsible for the fastest-growing viral video in the roughly five-year history of Web video. Only three other videos have received more clicks, said the company, which tracks viewing across about 150 sites. (YouTube is the biggest by far.)

    Matt Cutler, the vice president for marketing and analytics at Visible Measures, said the level of interest was “off the charts.”

    “On TV, watching the content is the end of the experience. Online, watching the content is the beginning of the experience,” Mr. Cutler said.

    The history of viral videos has shown that when new clips about a subject become available — in Ms. Boyle’s case, her new performance on Sunday — it “actually boosts the viewership of the existing assets,” Mr. Cutler said.

    Six hours after the new performance, dozens of copies were already circulating on YouTube.
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