VOTD: Susan Boyle at Britain's Got Talent 2009

Susan Boyle, 47 year old single woman from Blackburn in the United Kingdom entered this year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition. I must admit that I was a little worried when I first started watching the clip. 47-year old woman with a very strong accent, not someone with x-factor, as Simon would say, going on stage in front of millions of viewers, a packed audience, and now millions of viewers via YouTube, singing the broadway production song I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables.

Take a look below for yourself and let me know what you think.


Note: if you cannot view the video for any reason – follow this link to view it on YouTube.

That’s right, almost 5 and a half million views on one YouTube video alone. Here’s an excerpt from one of her fan-sites that got over 6000 hits from around the world in four days.

At around 11am on Tuesday 14th April, I finally managed to get this site online. However, at that time I had no idea that I would get people from all over the world would come here. So a big hello to my American, English, Welsh, Scottish, Irish, Canadian, Dutch, Australian, Japanese, Philippino, French, and Swedish readers! I love you all! Love you like I’m sure Susan does. – source Susan Boyle Fan Site

It seems Susan had bigger ideas than getting a record deal throu the BGT show.

It appears that Simon Cowell will give Susan a record deal, even in the unlikely event that she doesn’t win. However, Susan is more interested in finding herself a man. The 47 year old admitted on Saturday that she has “never been married, never been kissed.”

Despite the show being British, Susan has attracted fans from all around the world. The Sun reports, “Radio stations and newspapers from the US to Australia viewed the clip online and are now lining up to talk to her.” This website has only been online for, at time of writing, 7 hours and has already attracted over 400 visits from the USA, the UK, the Netherlands, Australia, the Philippines, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Ireland and Germany. Susan says, “I had no idea the show was a worldwide thing.”

Susan hopes the show will find her love, she says she doesn’t “intend to be alone for long.”  – source Susan Boyle Fan Site

I really take my hat off to you Susan – you’ve definitely show that anything is possible if you put your mind to it, and given half a chance. Good luck!

Below is a video interview with a reporter from the West Lothian Courier.

Update: 20 April 2009
It seems Susan is set for stardom. Simon Cowell says she will have a number one US album. Oprah Winfrey was so taken by her performance that she’s inviting her on her show. Even Larry King’s CBS crew have gone over to the UK to interview her and locals. More on The Gurardian website.

Planetoid photography

My brother has been experimenting a little this past weekend with taking panoramic photographs and then stitching them carefully together, touching them up a little and then almost wrapping them around a sphere to produce the result below called planetoid photos because they resemble planets or spheres.

I’ve tried my hand at taking panoramic shots with our compact digital camera but haven’t been in a good enough location to get the preferred results. I’ll definitely need to try this for myself soon and see how they turn out.