Boyle is 47 years old, a native of a small village in the Blackburn area
of Scotland and has never made a living singing professionally.
Britain's Got Talent
is a television program aired on the ITV network in the United Kingdom.
The program auditions undiscovered performers of all types of acts and
after weeks of competing and eliminations the winner gets to perform for
Queen Elizabeth II. This program is in the third season and every
year has produced some pleasant surprises. The talent judges
are record producer Simon Cowell, actress Amanda Holden and journalist
On 11 April 2009, the
first round of the competition began. Boyle walked on stage and
introduced herself to the judges and the audience telling the judges
that she had always wanted to become a singer but was never given a
chance. When asked of her ambitions she said, "I wanna be like
Elaine Paige," the noted first lady of British Musical Theatre and star
of Evita, Cats, and Sunset Boulevard.
Boyle then surprised
the judges, an audience of 4000 and viewers at home with a stunning
performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables.
Fans have posted video
clips of this performance on the popular YouTube web site, some tallying
as many as 800,000 hits within a 24 hour period.
Fans and well wishers
have posted their wishes on Boyle's bio page on the ITV web site.
for official ITV video of Susan Boyles audition on Britain's Got Talent.