Susan Boyle sails through to the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2009

After weeks of auditions, the first semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent was held today. Only two of the eight acts from each semi-final show will make it through to the final.  The semi-finalist with the most public votes after each show automatically goes to the final.  The judges will choose which one of the acts with the 2nd and 3rd highest number of public votes will also go to the final. Results are compiled quickly and the answer is in: Susan Boyle receives the most public votes and sails through to the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2009.

Susan’s performance today on the semi-final

Everyone already knows that Susan can sing, and can sing well, so today is a completely different day for Susan than the day of her audition when she was laughed at. Today she is applauded before she sings a single note.  The pressure for Susan could not be higher because of the worldwide interest in her story and she has to give a better performance than in the audition, or there will be disappointment.

As Susan comes out in the spot light to perform, the crowd cheers loudly and in stark contrast to when Susan walked out for her audition: her hair is styled, her makeup professional and she is dressed much more elegantly than we’ve ever seen her.  She’s nervous and after an awkward start, she catches herself and finds her voice, to sing Memories, from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical, Cats. She shows the full range of her voice, clean high notes, full round low notes, all touched by a nicely controlled vibrato. She looks out over the audience as the spot light flares behind her for the big finale.  “A new day has begun” for Susan, as the lyrics reflect. The audience and the judges give her a standing ovation and Simon apologizes for the way the judges laughed at her before her performance at the audition.


Susan’s audition for Britain’s Got Talent

When Susan Boyle came out on stage at her audition for Britain’s Got Talent 2009, the audience laughed, the judges laughed. No one took her seriously until she sang.  Her song choice for the audition was perfect for the show; I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables suited her and her performance perfectly.  And whether planned or by chance, its message reflected Susan’s life and dream to be a singer.  Although in her case, life has not killed the dream after all.

There are no overnight successes – it takes years of practice and dedication to do anything really well, including becoming a great singer. What impresses me more about Susan Boyle than her talent, which is undeniable, is her persistence to keep trying, and her composure on stage.  It took a lot of courage to walk out on that stage to audition in front of the audience, cameras and judges, stake her claim, be laughed at, and still be able to perform like a pro.  Most of us, even if we might sing well, wouldn’t do that well under the same conditions. 

Susan before the audition

The audition was obviously not the first time Susan sang in front of an audience. Although no one would have laughed at her because of her age or the way she looked when she would get up to sing karaoke at The Happy Valley Hotel in Blackburn, Scotland.  It is more likely that everyone would applaud after her karaoke performance and it’s even probable that people might have told her she could be a professional singer.  When you sing karaoke, you are not judged by your appearance. If you sing karaoke well, great, if you don’t sing well, great.  It’s about having the courage to sing.

Of course Susan’s not receiving the deluge of attention that she is now receiving because she occasionally sang karaoke.  She captured the spotlight not only with her talent, but also for being herself and inadvertently showing us how wrong our preconceptions can be.  If Britain’s Got Talent had been a radio show, we wouldn’t have judged her by her looks.

What we can learn from Susan Boyle

Whether or not Susan wins the competition in the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2009, she has made her mark and now has a chance to  fulfill her dream to be a professional singer.

The world is full of other singers like Susan. Whatever the reason is that you sing, let Susan’s lesson be to keep singing, no matter who might be laughing, to dream your dream and keep trying,

Watch the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2009, on May 30th.


Posted by GennyG 25. May 2009 at 11:43 am :

She’s an amazing singer but does she have what it takes to be a star?

Posted by Gen L 26. May 2009 at 9:58 am :

I thought her performance was good!

Posted by Gen L 26. May 2009 at 11:13 am :

Even though she has a funny hair cut …

Posted by AJ 27. May 2009 at 10:17 am :

She’s not a star….even her second performance was not sooooo good…

Posted by Jo Kristufek 30. May 2009 at 2:25 pm :

Awonderful singer. who could say otherwise.

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