. . . but touched by the singing angels. When Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle of Blackburn, Scotland, recently sauntered onto the stage in front of the terrifying panel of judges and the snarky-faced audience, she looked like someone's cute but dowdy aunt.
It didn't help the audience's perception of her that underneath her name were two words that together painted a grim picture of her life: 47, unemployed. (Why not add "spinster" while you're at it, guys?)
But Susan's transporting voice stunned even the usually poker-faced Simon, and the other judge, Piers, was visibly choking up and beaming from her heavenly voice. As for the skeptical audience? They could not stop roaring with approval. It turns out that Susan, who admitted backstage before her performance that she'd never been kissed, had dedicated the performance to her mother who recently died. Here's the cheeky and wonderful Susan on The Early Show, but if you really want to see her in action, watch her full performance after the break. Go, Susan! I bet you can't watch it without choking up! So read more.