Susan Boyle proves Britain’s got talent

May 25th, 2009 - 7:34 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Susan Boyle Frumpy church volunteer Susan Boyle has again wowed judges and viewers alike on the English television program Britain’s Got Talent.

Forty seven-year-old Boyle shot to fame on the British-style version of American Idol when judges and the audience were stunned by her performance of I Dreamed a Dream from the musical Les Miserables last month.

In the latest round of the program aired on Sunday night (May 24), Boyle’s performance of Memory from the musical Cats saw here garner an avalanche of tele-votes from people voting at home to beat seven other performers and advance to the semi-finals next week.

Producers immediately posted her performance on the Internet after about 60 million people watched her last performance when it was posted on YouTube.

Contestants are competing to perform at Britain’s annual Royal Variety Show — attended by members of the royal family — and win a 100,000 pound ($US159,000) prize.

Boyle, who lives alone with her cat Pebbles in one of Scotland’s poorest regions, grew up the youngest of nine children in Blackburn, a community of 4,750 people 20 miles (32km) west of Edinburgh.

As an adult, she’s struggled for work but had been a regular on her local karaoke circuit and performed in church choirs.

British bookmaker William Hill has made Boyle a favorite to win the May 30 finale of the popular program.

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