Susan Boyle

British Singer Susan Boyle

Susan Magdalane Boyle is a Scottish singer who came to international public attention when she appeared as a contestant on the TV programme Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe.
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How The 2016 Presidential Election Became A Reality Show
Huffington Post - over 1 year
If the 2016 election seems to be more like a reality TV show than an election, it is for a simple reason: it is. I should know. I spent years producing reality TV, and this one is a ratings winner, even if it is a disaster for the nation. How did we get here? It started with a simple yet compelling plot line: the story of how Donald Trump, a complete political unknown, came within one step of the presidency -- and maybe even gets to be the president. We'll have to wait for the end-of-season episode where you, the audience, get to vote!!! Nate Silver, Editor in Chief of FiveThirtyEight recently reinforced this 'politics as entertainment' idea when he tweeted: Some people (and some very good friends of mine) claim that the political parties don't mean a thing, and that events are being orchestrated 'somewhere else.' And they are right. They are. They are being orchestrated by the media, but not for some nefarious 'political' end, but instead for the oldest motiva...
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Susan Boyle 'fine' after police incident at Heathrow
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
LONDON (AP) — Susan Boyle's spokeswoman says the singer is at home and fine after an incident involving the police at London's Heathrow Airport.
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REVIEW: 'One Chance' ★★&#9733
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Singer climbs ev'ry mountain en route to greatness Before Susan Boyle there was Paul Potts, a schlubby car-phone salesman from Wales who blew Simon Cowell and his fellow judges away on the first episode of "Britain's Got Talent" with his rendition of Puccini's aria "Nessun Dorma." The son of a steelworker with a chipped front tooth and the voice of an angel won that first season of the reality show, but his progression through the competition is just an afterthought in "One Chance," the story of his life leading to the life-changing moment that's been viewed on YouTube more than 110 million times.     
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Susan Boyle applies for minimum wage job
Calgary Sun - about 4 years
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle is hoping to make some extra cash after applying for a part-time job at a betting shop in her hometown.
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SuBo applies for minimum wage job
Cairns - about 4 years
BRITAIN'S Got Talent star Susan Boyle is gambling on an odd new career choice that pays just $10.65 an hour.
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'The Christmas Candle' Movie By Max Lucado, Rick Santorum, And Susan Boyle Focuses On Hope
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK (RNS) Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum and popular Christian author Max Lucado have paired up with singer Susan Boyle for a Christmas film in the trio’s first theatrical release, which hits theaters on Friday (Nov. 22). “The Christmas Candle” features a minister who struggles with his own faith and belief in miracles as he ministers to the English village of Gladbury. The film is a first for Santorum, who is now CEO of distributor EchoLight Studios. “The greatest thing I have going for me is that people always have low expectations,” Santorum said after a film screening. Religion News Service spoke with Lucado, whose book inspired the movie and who has a cameo in the film, on the film’s tensions and why December can be so difficult for so many. Some answers have been edited for length and clarity. Q: What do you hope to accomplish with this film? A: Our hope is hope. Our hope is that we can have a creative way of retelling the Christmas story about the bir...
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<i>The Christmas Candle</i> Has Flickers of Entertainment
Huffington Post - over 4 years
As we enter the holiday season audiences should be receptive to a movie about miracles. After all who couldn't use a miracle every now and then? The new film "The Christmas Candle," which is based on a book by Max Lucado, is about miracles, faith and hope. It is aimed at a family audience and includes Susan Boyle in the cast. In the film the time is the 1890's. David Richmond (Hans Matheson) is a minister who has lost his way. He has left the pulpit and is working with the Salvation Army. Lady Camdon (Barbara Flynn) from the town of Gladbury has heard him preach and now invites him to become the reverend at the Gladbury Church. Something about her touches him and he accepts her offer. The town of Gladbury is a special place. It is said that every twenty-five years an angel selects a special candle from the local candlemaker's shop and gives it the power to grant a Christmas wish. This is that special year in Gladbury and all of the citizen's of this small town are excited. When he ...
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Review: 'Christmas Candle' beams with holiday spirit
LATimes - over 4 years
Hammy histrionics of a Hallmark movie are present, but its message of community and faith shines brighter. A religious parable wrapped in a holiday gift basket featuring Susan Boyle, "The Christmas Candle" seems destined to be a Hallmark movie of the week. But in spite of the hammy histrionics requisite for the genre, it is not at all a turkey.
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Meryl Streep To Play Susan Boyle In Upcoming Biopic?
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Susan Boyle reportedly has a huge star lined up to play her in the biopic about her life. The 52-year-old singer, who rose to fame as a contestant on "Britain's Got Talent," recently spoke to Metro about the upcoming film. Boyle voiced her resistance to appearing in the movie, saying, "I wouldn’t like to be in the film myself." As to who is up for the role, Boyle revealed, "I’d like someone to play me. Probably Meryl Streep -- I understand she has been approached." While Streep has yet to comment on the rumored casting, the celebrated actress has earned Oscar nominations and awards for her past portrayals of real people, such as Julia Child for 2009's "Julie &amp; Julia" and her part as Margaret Thatcher in 2011's "The Iron Lady," which won Streep the award for Best Actress. HuffPost Entertainment contacted Streep's representatives for more information on Boyle's quote; this post will be updated if and when they respond. Due out from Fox, the upcoming biopic was confirmed by Boyl...
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Susan Boyle to release Elvis duet - over 4 years
Reality TV star Susan Boyle is to release a 'duet' with Elvis Presley as a Christmas single to raise money for charity. Edward Baran reports.
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Susan Boyle in new Christmas film
Monsters and Critics - over 4 years
Susan Boyle is in a new film.
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Susan Boyle To Become First British Artist To Duet With Elvis Presley On Christmas Album
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
Susan Boyle has scored another musical first, becoming the first British artist to duet with Elvis Presley on a record, since his death in 1977. The Sun reports that the Scottish songstress will follow in the footsteps of Frank Sinatra and Celine Dion when she shares vocals on 'Oh Come All Ye Faithful', for her Christmas album out later in the year. More...
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9 Incredible Women Who Succeeded Later In Life
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Our society perpetuates the idea that success can only be obtained in youth -- or, if it's obtained later in life, it's the product of years of linear, single-minded effort. Despite the many articles touting prodigies and 'OMG This 20-Something Did Something Amazing' headlines, many women accomplish far more in their later years than their early ones. This youth-obsessed conception of success is unnecessarily discouraging for anyone who doesn't find their passion at a young age. But, as the following nine women prove, the idea success is only possible in youth is, quite simply, a myth. These women, most of whom were focused on domestic responsibilities in their 20s, 30s (and, in one case until her 70s), decided to pursue dormant dreams or discovered their callings later in life. Their stories remind anyone who would laugh off the idea of a second act: never say never. 1. Louisa May Alcott Though her most famous literary accomplishment, the Little Women series, ...
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12 Reality Shows That Are Past Their Prime
Best Week Ever - over 4 years
With the 20th season of America’s Next Top Model set to premiere on August 2nd and the return of shows like Project Runway and America’s Got Talent, we’ve come to the realization that some of TV’s longest running shows are reality series. That’s right, most of these shows have lasted longer than Cheers, Friends, and M*A*S*H. But unlike those scripted programs, some of these have worn out their welcome. 1. America’s Got Talent Number Of Seasons: 8 When It Jumped The Shark: Season 8, with the addition of Heidi Klum as judge. As much as we love Heidi, she’s not really a judge of talent (see Seal). Sharon Osbourne was the kind of spitfire the show needed, but now that she’s gone, there’s really no point. Why We Still Watch: To find the next Susan Boyle. Everyone wants to see that unexpected, underdog performance or at least to be the first to share the YouTube video of it. 2. America’s Next Top Model Number Of Seasons: 20 (including the the new season, Guys vs. Girls) ...
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Susan Boyle is looking for love, preferably in Scotland
USA Today - over 4 years
Susan Boyle dislikes her SuBo nickname but she likes men and wants to meet one.
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Susan Boyle is ready to tour &mdash; and date!
LATimes - over 4 years
Looks as if Susan Boyle has a lot on her plate.
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Hsin-Chuen Lin's online ceramics lessons
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 5 years
Hsin-Chuen Lin's online ceramics lessons In the hierarchy of Internet sensations, Fremont-based ceramic artist Hsin-Chuen Lin isn't quite in the same league as "Gangnam Style" or goats that sound like humans. [...] late in February, off any radar, Lin's series of self-produced instructional ceramics videos of him at his throwing wheel demonstrating the secrets of his art, passed 1 million views on YouTube. The videos were shot in a shed behind the one-story home he shares with his wife, Meei-Ling Yu. Lin, 50, said he was performing a demonstration at a local college when the idea came to him that if he put a video online people could revisit it later. Oddly, it was the YouTube videos of Susan Boyle, the unemployed Scottish woman who found viral fame and fortune after her appearance on "Britain's Got Talent," that prompted him. Some people make pieces along with him, while others watch and then purchase what he's made. Lin watched episodes of "The Cosby Show...
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Jason Russell: Kony2012 and the fight for truth
Guardian (UK) - almost 5 years
In March 2012, US charity Invisible Children launched a film, Kony2012, in a bid to highlight the barbarity of a Ugandan warlord. It became a viral hit online, but the media frenzy proved too much for campaign organiser Jason Russell, who had a very public meltdown. In his first press interview since, he explains why his campaign must continue Exactly a year ago, Jason Russell was a nobody. Not a nobody, precisely, but just ordinary. Normal. He was a healthy father of two, living in San Diego, and was happy and fulfilled in his work as a director for Invisible Children, a non-profit organisation he'd helped found. And then, on 5 March, he released Kony2012, a 30-minute film that explained why the world needed to catch and bring to justice Joseph Kony, a central African warlord, who, over the previous 26 years, had abducted 30,000 children and turned them into soldiers and sex slaves. Russell directed and starred in the film, and within hours it was on its way to becoming what was t...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Susan Boyle
  • 2016
    Age 54
    In 2016 Susan made a cameo appearance in Zoolander 2 where she is ambushed by paparazzi.
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  • 2015
    Age 53
    In 2015 Boyle was awarded an honorary doctorate in the field of music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow.
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  • 2014
    Age 52
    As of November 2014, Susan Boyle is dating her first boyfriend who is 'around the same age' as she.
    On 23 July, Boyle performed "Mull of Kintyre" at the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in front of the Queen.
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  • 2013
    Age 51
    Boyle released a music video 8 December 2013 featuring children from the FAST program singing "O Come All Ye Faithful" with Elvis Presley.
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    It was announced 28 October 2013 that Boyle is a new ambassador for Save the Children UK.
    Also in June 2013 Susan Boyle donated for auction a performance dress which she had worn on The Oprah Show on 19 October 2010, with proceeds of the auction going to Metro Radio Newcastle England's Cash For Kids Campaign, with all funds raised going to disadvantaged kids across the region.
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    As of 2013, she had sold over 19 million albums worldwide and received two Grammy Awards nominations.
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  • 2012
    Age 50
    In November 2012, when asked if she had tried to find love through Internet dating, Boyle said she was too scared, saying: "Knowing my luck I'd go out on a date and you'd find my limbs scattered around various Blackburn dustbins!"
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    In July 2012 Susan Boyle donated a performance dress designed by Suzanne Neville, which she had worn at performances in Madrid on the Ana Rosa Show on 12 February 2010 and in Paris on Vivement Dimanche on 17 February 2010. £6,523 was raised and presented to the Prince's Trust.
    In January 2012, Susan Boyle donated a performance dress, which she had worn on America's Got Talent on 31 August 2011, to The Laura McPhee Memorial Fund (Asthma) UK Charity.
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    On 24 October 2012 Susan Boyle, together with the West of Scotland and Edinburgh Garrison Military Wives choirs, launched the Poppy Scotland appeal on the steps of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
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    In May 2012 it was reported that Susan Boyle would become patron of the struggling Regal Theatre, Bathgate where she first performed "I Dreamed a Dream".
  • 2011
    Age 49
    For three years Susan Boyle has launched the Wee Box campaign for the Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) in Glasgow, on 9 March 2011, on 21 February 2012., and on 12 February 2013."
  • 2010
    Age 48
    In the 2010 episode of Futurama, Attack of the Killer App, it is revealed that Leela has a singing boil named Susan on her butt, who sings "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Amazing Grace".
    On a 2010 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, Boyle summarised that her daily life was "mundane" and "routine" prior to stardom.
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    Boyle still lives in the family home, a four-bedroom ex-council house in Blackburn which she purchased from her earnings in 2010.
    There was also earlier controversy, when Boyle was not nominated in any of the categories for the 2010 Brit Awards.
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    Although Boyle was not eligible for the 2010 Grammy Awards, its host Stephen Colbert paid tribute to Boyle at the ceremony, telling its audience "you may be the coolest people in the world, but this year your industry was saved by a 48-year-old Scottish cat lady in sensible shoes."
    In October 2010 Boyle's autobiography The Woman I Was Born To Be - My Story was published.
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    On 30 November 2010, in the United States, Boyle performed on ABC's The View singing "O Holy Night" and then on NBC's Christmas at Rockefeller Center program performing "Perfect Day" and "Away in a Manger".
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    In November 2010, Boyle became one of only three acts ever to top both the UK and US album charts twice in the same year.
    On 9 July 2010, Boyle announced that her second album would be a Christmas album entitled The Gift.
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    Boyle's original song "Who I Was Born To Be" was the theme song of anime film Welcome to the Space Show, which opened in Japan on 26 June 2010.
    In May 2010, Susan Boyle was voted by Time magazine as the seventh most influential person in the world.
    Boyle performed for Pope Benedict XVI on his tour of Britain in 2010.
    On 16 September 2010 Susan Boyle sang at the Papal Mass performed for Pope Benedict XVI in Glasgow at Bellahouston Park in front of a crowd of 65,000.
    On 10 November 2010, Boyle performed at the Pride of Britain Awards in London and on 16 December 2010 at the Royal Variety Performance held at the London Palladium.
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    She has performed for BBC Children in Need telethon five times thus far: on 19 November 2010; on18 November 2011, and on 16 November 2012. on 16 November 2013. on 14 November 2014.
    Boyle has appeared on the three major UK charity telethons. On 19 March 2010 she sang for the Sports Relief charity on BBC1.
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    On 30 January 2010, Boyle performed at the Indsamling Charity Gala, a telethon for Haiti and Africa held at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen, Denmark.
    On 26 January 2010, Boyle sang together with other major artists on the charity recording "Everybody Hurts" put together by Simon Cowell for Haiti Relief for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
  • 2009
    Age 47
    Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling album on charts around the globe.
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    In November 2009 it was reported that Boyle's rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" would be the theme song of the anime movie Eagle Talon The Movie 3 which was later released in Japan on 16 January 2010.
    Boyle gave a U.S. promotional tour in November as a lead-up to the album release. On 13 December 2009 she appeared in her own television special "I Dreamed a Dream: the Susan Boyle Story", featuring a duet with Elaine Paige.
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    Boyle's first album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released on 23 November 2009.
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    She appeared last on the first semi-final on 24 May 2009, performing "Memory" from the musical Cats.
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    Boyle sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables in the first round, which was watched by over 10 million viewers when it aired on 11 April 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    In August 2008, Boyle applied for an audition for the third series of Britain's Got Talent (as contestant number 43212) and was accepted after a preliminary audition in Glasgow.
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  • 2007
    Age 45
    Boyle has never married, and she dedicated herself to caring for her ageing mother until her death in 2007 at the age of 91.
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  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998, Boyle recorded three tracks—"Cry Me A River", "Killing Me Softly", and "Don't Cry for Me Argentina"—at Heartbeat Studio, Midlothian.
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  • 1995
    Age 33
    In 1995, her audition for Michael Barrymore's My Kind of People at the Olympia Shopping Centre in East Kilbride was filmedthe amateur video shows Barrymore was more interested in mocking her than in her ability to sing.
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  • 1961
    Born on April 1, 1961.
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