An unemployed 47-year old volunteer church worker with “multiple chins” walks onto Britain’s Got Talent. Recipe for instantaneous skewering by the audience? Hardly. Despite frumpy appearances, Susan Boyle handily won the hearts of viewers with a soaring rendition of Les Miserables’ “I Dreamed a Dream.” The build-up at the beginning is interesting, but you can opt to skip to the song at 1:45.
This video has gone from 5 to 12 million views in the last 24 hours, and has gotten mainstream coverage from the likes of NPR. The most striking (and saddening) part for me is how the audience is very much against Boyle at the beginning, with the attitude that this woman is too ugly to possibly have a good voice.