The latest woman to wow YouTube is quite the opposite of what we're used to. Unlike the majority of video clip fodder, Susan Boyle is highly unattractive and greatly talented. And everyone loves her. A fairytale come true, or a showbiz fake?
The frumpily dressed 47-year-old charity volunteer astonished crowds on UK TV show "Britain's Got Talent", which pulled in an audience of over 10 million on Saturday night when she sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables". In an interview posted on the programme's website the Scot explained that she had ignored her talent because of "personal circumstances", but that she sung in village competitions and "around the house" (in which she lives alone, save her cat, Pebbles, apparently). The story has become a massive online hit in both the UK and elsewhere, but it all seems a little too contrived. Another question, if she is the real thing, is whether she'll be able to make it without a serious makeover and a change-of-name.