I dislike “reality” TV shows, including American Idol and others that seem to specialize in degrading people.
But I have cast my aversion aside after being urged to watch a YouTube clip of one Susan Boyle, a 47-year-old, unemployed Scot and aspiring singer.
What a performance. What a story! If you’re not on the bandwagon yet, hop on. Go to YouTube, search for “Susan Boyle,” watch the seven minute clip of her appearance on Britain’s Got Talent, the clip that snagged over 50 million hits in just a few weeks.
When Susan walked on stage, the three judges of Britain’s Got Talent — including sardonic Simon Cowell of American Idol fame — were not impressed. The audience tittered when she said she was “trying to be a professional singer.”
Susan was nervous at first, awkward, a bit silly, a bit dowdy-looking. Apparently everyone thought she’d be hooted off the stage after five seconds of song.
Nope. Within maybe three seconds, her rendition of “I Dreamed the Dream” from Les Miserables turned it all around. The audience was on its feet. Shocked. Ecstatic.
Susan Boyle was shocked too. She has been struggling for decades. For whatever reasons, her dreams had “turned to shame,” to quote from the song. But now, whether or not she wins top prize on Britain’s Got Talent, she’ll not only dream the dream, she will live it.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.