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Susan Boyle - The British Obama?
Susan Boyle may be a great Britain's Got Talent story - but she is no great singer. Her rendition of 'I Dreamed a Dream' was spirited, sure. It was also wobbly - and she was entitled to be a little nervy. But was it charismatic enough, technically accomplished enough or even demonstrate enough potential to see her installed as the bookies' 5/2 favourite to win the whole shebang? Absolutely no way. For me, the most entertaining element of the whole performance was Amanda Holden's reaction when her gobhole seemed to be collapsing in on itself. Amanda-Holden-160409.jpg And genuinely comparing Susan Boyle's off-key warbling as being on the same level as Julie Andrews and Elaine Paige is just inane. If I brought out my hip-wiggling and karaoke-level 'It's Not Unusual' vocal efforts out in front of Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan, Amanda Holden and an audience baying for the sacrificial blood of attention-seeking oddballs, would I deserve similar likening to Tom Jones? Only if everyone in the theatre and watching at home had spent the entire day in the pub. So why has the world and their Twitter stream gone mushy for Susan Boyle? There's no doubt her personal circumstances provide a heart-warming dose of drama to her reality TV journey. But break it down - why is it making so many YouTube commenters and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore ("You saw it made me teary!") react so emotionally?