In April when Susan Boyle, then 47, auditioned on “Britain’s Got Talent,” the audience scorned her for her unsophisticated, vintage looks before she sang a note. Then, Boyle shocked the audience and judges with her sensitive but powerful rendition of “I Have a Dream” from Les Misérables. Suddenly Boyle, from Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, became the favored competition winner.
Boyle dreamed cautiously to win the BGT contest but more importantly of becoming a professional singer. In the semi-finals, she sang beautifully “Memory” from “Cats” to earn a spot in the finals. Her performances garnered her international press coverage and over 280,000,000 hits on YouTube. However, when she came in second on May 30, the Mirror, a British paper, erroneously declared her dream dead.
Just like back when America was suffering in the Great Depression, it looked for inspiration, so it does today in its current depression. It was Seabiscuit and Shirley Temple then. Now, among other inspirations, it’s Boyle with her extraordinary voice and common touch. Like Boyle placing second and her little setback of recovering from the competition’s exhaustion, Seabiscuit raced 35 times as a 2-year-old and only came in first five times and second seven times.
Nevertheless, in 1938, Seabiscuit won against War Admiral, the favored winner in “The Race of the Century” as the nation listened on the radio and crammed into the racetrack. Now, while America feels inspired, Boyle will see her dream fulfilled with record deals, concerts, interviews and possibly a movie of her life.