Singing spinster becomes surprise YouTube hit

LONDON - A frumpy 47-year-old Scottish charity worker who has never had a boyfriend has become an unlikely YouTube sensation, after her stunning weekend musical debut on a British television talent show.
By Wednesday the clip of Susan Boyle -- whose dowdy appearance drew sniggers when she walked on stage on ITV's "Britain's Got Talent", saying she dreamed of emulating West End star Elaine Page -- had been viewed 5.7 million times.

Singing spinster becomes surprise YouTube hit
When she began to sing, the panel of three judges led by music guru Simon Cowell was visibly shocked, and the audience in Glasgow rose to its feet, as her voiced soared through "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables".
"Without a doubt that was the biggest surprise I have had in three years of this show," said judge Piers Morgan, admitting that before her performance "everyone was laughing at you."
"No-one is laughing now. That was stunning."
Boyle, from West Lothian, who says she has never been on a date or been kissed, now is the favourite to win the show -- drawing comparisons with Paul Potts, an opera-singing mobile phone salesman who won in 2007.
Potts went on to have number-one albums in 15 countries.
Boyle's performance can be seen at

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