Susan Boyle‘s video of her auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent will forever make me cry tears of joy, so I’ll always hold a place in my heart for her. Yes, I cry at that video. Sometimes you need a good cry.
Anyway. Ms. Boyle revealed that she has Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. She’s being very honest and brave about it so I say, you go Boyle, even if I think the idea of Meryl Streep starring as you in a film is ludicrous. But that’s not important right now. From BBC News:
The star, who shot to fame after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, had spent years believing she suffered slight brain damage at birth.
In an interview with The Observer newspaper she told of her relief at finally getting a “clearer understanding” of her condition.
But she vowed: “It will not make any difference to my life.”
[...] Boyle, 52, revealed she was misdiagnosed after complications at birth.
She said: “It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid.
“I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”
I feel so bad for the kid version of Susan Boyle. Glad she’s finally got some understanding. Asperger’s, according to BBC News, is a condition in which those who have it, “struggle with their emotions and have difficulty in social situations, often unable to pick up on non-verbal cues.”
Boyle appears to be doing just fine. In fact, she just recorded a duet with Elvis Presley, despite him being dead for decades. Well done, Susan!
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Please hold your laughter, but apparently Meryl Streep has been approached to play Susan Boyle in an upcoming biopic about the singer. This, according to Susan herself, who admitted that she has no desire to be in a movie about herself but would love to have someone else play her. WHO IS GOING TO WATCH THIS MOVIE?
SuBo revealed the casting call as she checked in on Guilty Pleasures to insist she holds on to her old suburban life in the hope that she won’t be taken advantage of in Simon Cowell’s fame game.
‘I wouldn’t like to be in the film myself,’ the Scottish spinster said of the film project.
‘I’d like someone to play me. Probably Meryl Streep – I understand she has been approached.’
Aw, man, the press is so awful to SuBo – “the Scottish spinster”? Dear me. Maybe she doesn’t want to find anyone! Maybe she likes living on her own! Anyway, that’s neither here nor there – the point is, I don’t think Meryl Streep is gonna take on this role… though we all know she would kill it (and I would watch it) if she did. I can sort of imagine it now!
Meryl, pick up the phone, girl!
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Probably one of my least favourite things in existence is when living singers like to play Frankenstein and “duet” with dead ones using weird digital technology to overlap their voices (and even recreate their bodies in video form). It’s weird, it’s unnatural and I don’t like it. Yes, it’s a shame you never got to sing with old Blue Eyes or have a rap battle with your hero Tupac, but let these artists rest in peace, man. Given a choice, they may not even have wanted to collaborate with you!
Anyhow, I sorta digress, but not really. Our good friend SuBo has done a Christmas album, and who better to make spin in his grave but the King himself, Elvis Presley? That’s right – Susan Boyle and Elvis have done ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and it’s… fucking bizarre. And the video is even weirder.
Here’s what SuBo previously said about the “collaboration”:
“To put a unique twist on classic Christmas songs is truly wonderful. I grew up listening to Elvis and to sing with him, well, I didn’t think it would be possible. Isn’t technology brilliant? The track is for my father – and for Elvis.”
WEIRD! What do you think?
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If you’re a secret SuBo lover, time to come out of hiding. This is a safe space for you, Susan Boyle fans. This year, she’s coming out with a Christmas album entitled Home For Christmas. I love Christmas, so this is great news… but it gets even better! On the song ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, SuBo did a “duet” with Elvis Presley by using digital technology to blend their vocals. Love it!
From The Sunday People:
“To put a unique twist on classic Christmas songs is truly wonderful.
“I grew up listening to Elvis and to sing with him, well, I didn’t think it would be possible. Isn’t technology brilliant? The track is for my father – and for Elvis.”
I’m sure the King would be pleased.
Yes, obviously I’m sorta taking the piss because I doubt I’ll ever listen to Susan Boyle’s Christmas album, but I do think it’s great she’s found success and I wasn’t lying when I said I love Christmas. Elvis has a great Christmas album that I do actually listen to quite a lot (which is, I imagine, where SuBo got the vocals she used on her track), so there’s that.
But what could outrageous hip-hip star Nicki Minaj and troubled but immensely talented singer Susan Boyle possibly have in common? Well, your guess is as good as mine, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t made besties when they were both backstage for America’s Got Talent. Because they did!
The new friends’ first few items of friendship included Susan pinching Nicki’s ass because “she was fascinated by Nicki’s bum and just couldn’t take her hands off it,” Nicki teaching Susan how to rap, and Susan giving Nicki some pointers on singing.
Just because we don’t understand it doesn’t mean that we can’t find it adorable!
Along with my 60 year old alt-country former hippie father, you can add Jay-Z to the list of unlikely Susan Boyle fans.
In a recent interview, he sung the Boyle’s praises and even suggested that she capitalize on her success by starting her own clothing line.
“What Susan’s achieved is unbelievable. Everybody wants a piece of her and the market for her is huge. I could see her with her own clothing range. Sure, why not? She’ll appeal to women of a certain age. They’ll see an ordinary person who made the best of herself. It’ll give them hope.”
I’m going to ignore the fact that he used the odious phrase “women of a certain age” and just hope to high hell that we don’t see an “Oh Susan Ugh!” or “Susan B-eautiful” line of polyester blend slacks and sensible pantsuits coming to a K-mart near you anytime soon.
With all the dudes getting kicked in the nuts and Chis Crockers and horny web-cam chicks and teen girls dancing in their bedroom to songs with suggestive lyrics that clog up the works on YouTube, you’d probably think that the most popular clip every uploaded to the site would most likely be something along those lines. However, it was just officially announced today that the number one video in the site’s history is Susan Boyle’s incredibly moving Britain’s Got Talent audition. (Sorry, no embed option for this video.)
Susan became a household name overnight after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent, and has managed to get over 120 million views on YouTube. The second place winner was a very funny and popular clip entitled “David After Dentist,” which didn’t even come close with 37 million views.
“JK Wedding Entrance Dance,” which featured a wedding party walking down the aisle to Chris Brown’s Forever placed third with 33 million. “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” movie trailer took fourth place, scoring 31 million, while the “Evian Roller Babies” clip took fifth place with more than 27 million views.
It’s honestly alarming that the majority of popular clips on YouTube have messages of hope or love behind them. As much as you may hate Chris Brown, I can’t ask you to not cry when the bride finally enters during this video because it’s impossible.
In a world where Nickelback is the most popular band of the decade, Daniel Powter is the number-one one hit wonder, and where Jon and Kate get more coverage than the financial crisis we are in, it’s refreshing to see that people are still seeking out heartwarming entertainment on their own. You just need to go to the Internet, the amazing place where all things are possible, in order to find it I guess. Love you, Internet!