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iApprove: Susan Boyle.

April 19, 2009

I realize that this isn’t really a groundbreaking statement – judging by the reaction on the Internet, a lot of people approve of Susan Boyle – but, in all seriousness, she’s pretty darned awesome.  Plus I tend to get a lot more hits if I post about relevant topics.

So we all know the story.  Susan Boyle, 47-year-old virgin, shows up to audition for Britain’s Got Talent. Frizzy hair, no makeup, frumpy as can be.  Looks exactly like the kind of person who will get buzzed off the stage in a few seconds.

Then she opens her mouth to sing.

Now, I’ve heard some things said about Susan Boyle.  For example, the claim that her “never been kissed” story was made up to gain her sympathy.  A lot of cynicism and the like.

All I have to say is this: With that singing voice, she doesn’t need a sympathetic backstory.

What she does is incredible.  She shows up as a dowdy, middle-aged woman, then picks up a microphone and produces the voice of a pop star.  Her singing invokes reactions anywhere from goosebumps to tears.  She shocked the audience, she shocked the judges, and the look on Simon Cowell’s face was one we won’t forget anytime soon.  Her performance was nothing short of incredible.

Maybe she won’t win the competition (yeah, right).  Maybe she won’t even be my favorite to win by the time the auditions are over.  But one thing is certain: she is good. She could have come on the stage a happily married woman and it wouldn’t have made a lick of difference.  Her virginity is, as she would say, just one side of her.  The other side is fantastic.

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