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Susan Boyle, a singing contestant on the U.K. reality show "Britain's Got Talent," became an unlikely Internet sensation this week. ITN's ITV news correspondent Phil Reay-Smith examines Boyle's appeal.
Finally tonight, a story that has circled the globe via YouTube at breakneck speed. It features a Scottish competitor who appeared recently on the show "Britain's Got Talent."
Phil Reay-Smith of Independent Television News updates what's happened to her.
SIMON COWELL, Judge, "Britain's Got Talent": How old are you, Susan?
SUSAN BOYLE, Singer:
I am 47. And that's just one side of me.
Nothing about her suggested she was one performance away from worldwide fame.
SUSAN BOYLE (singing):
I dreamed a dream in time gone by…
… but Susan Boyle's life changed when she opened her mouth.
When hope was high and life worth living…
You didn't expect that, did you? Did you? No.
I dreamed that love would never die…
As of this evening, the unemployed church singer from Blackburn's performance has been viewed online more than 20 million times.
I'll say it's mental, right?
So you're quite a star.
Oh, well, all I can say is thank you.
Despite her modesty, she's having to adjust to being a celebrity.
Lots of fun being on the — I've got a lot of support from the neighborhood in general. They're very supportive, especially my family. I'm blessed with a good family.
And what do they all think about it, then?
They think it's great. They think it's magic.
And despite the judges' initial reservations about her appearance, there will be no makeover.
Look at that!
AMANDA HOLDEN, Judge, "Britain's Got Talent": I honestly think it spoils people if you give them a big, old makeover, and it's best that they do it, if — you know, if and when they win or if something else happens to them after the show. But I think we'll keep her as she is for now so she doesn't have the added pressure of worrying about what she looks like.
And she's achieved all this before even making it into the second round.
It's three yeses.
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