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YouTube singer Boyle becomes global sensation

Video by Yuka ROYER

Latest update : 2009-04-18

Susan Boyle, a 47-year-old unemployed woman from Scotland has become an overnight sensation after singing at a talent show in Britain.Her performance last weekend has received more than 11 million hits on YouTube.

AFP - Talent show judge Piers Morgan offered Friday to kiss Scottish charity worker Susan Boyle, who said she had never been kissed before becoming an international YouTube sensation this week.
  
Boyle, whose stunning singing performance has so far been viewed over 19 million times on YouTube, lived on her own with a cat called Pebbles before her appearance on the Britain's Got Talent television show last weekend.
  
The dowdy-looking, plump 47-year-old said in a pre-performance interview that she had never been kissed.
  
But in a video on his website, Morgan -- a former British tabloid newspaper editor who has become a star in his own right as a talent show judge in Britain and the United States -- said he was ready to change that.
  
"I've decided to extend an invitation to Susan to take her out for a meal -- a very romantic restaurant, I think, with some roses, some fine wine, some glamorous waiters, and to offer her the chance to break her kissing duck with these little things.
  
"So Susan, if you're watching, I'm available," he said.
  
US actress Demi Moore was apparently moved to tears by the YouTube clip, while the story has been picked up around the world, with US, Australian and other broadcasters reportedly queuing up for interviews.
  
In the video, the down-to-earth Boyle walked on stage, saying she dreamed of emulating West End star Elaine Page.
  
When she began to sing, the panel of three judges led by music guru Simon Cowell appeared visibly taken aback, and the audience in Glasgow rose to its feet as her voiced soared through "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables."

Date created : 2009-04-18

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