Fans of television and YouTube singing sensation Susan Boyle are demanding she releases an album — now.
The 47-year-old Boyle, who says she has never been kissed, was catapulted into the spotlight after her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical “Les Miserables,” on the television show “Britain’s Got Talent” at the weekend. Simon Cowell described her performance as “extraordinary,” while fellow judge Piers Morgan said it was the biggest surprise he’d ever had on the show. A clip of Boyle’s performance has now had more than 11 million views on YouTube and the world’s media have beaten a path to her door in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland. Cowell is reportedly already trying to piece together a record deal for Boyle, an unemployed charity worker, who lives with her cat, Pebbles. For fans of Boyle, who attracted laughs and sniggers when she first appeared on stage before winning a standing ovation, the album cannot come quick enough. CNN has been inundated with hundreds of messages of support for Boyle. Simone said: “I’ve been so depressed all day but hearing this woman sing and reading her story gave me a pick-me-up… I look forward to hearing more of her and I hope to buy her CD as soon as it hits the shelves.” Cynthia wanted Cowell to move quickly.
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“She brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. I hope Simon does get her a record contract…I’ll buy her CD. Never judge a book by it’s cover. Susan Boyle, you go, girl!” Jim described Boyle’s talent as “unbelievable” and “beautiful.” “I wish Susan the very best in her new life and hopefully someone has put her under contract. Thank you for such a beautiful song.” Larry wanted to offer Boyle a kiss. “I have just heard you sing for the first time — thanks to CNN — and I must tell you this: You are a fabulous talent, simply amazing to me that no one took advantage of your voice and passion up until now. I am a happily married man, but if I were not, and if I was in the audience, I can guarantee you that I would ask for a kiss, and if you were gracious enough to indulge me, well that would have been one of the great highlights of my life. Looking forward to the first of many albums.”
Boyle, meanwhile, has been taking it all in her stride. “It’s lovely when all the kids stop me in the street to congratulate me,” she told the show’s Web site.