The YouTube clip of Susan Boyle’s audition for Britain’s Got Talent was compelling watching, not just for the singing but for the reaction from those watching.
The audience this year learned from that and there was no sign of scorn when 80-year-old Janey Cutler walked on stage.
Whether or not she wins the contest, she gets full marks for showing that 80 isn’t too old to give something a go.
. . . who won Britain’s Got talent this year?
Just wondering, because Susan Boyle who came second, is breaking records with the release of her first album.
There’s no shame in being the second best talent in Britain and Susan Boyle was gracious in defeat.
In last night’s final she sang I Dreamed a Dream, the song she’d sung in her audition.
She has not only dreamed a dream, she’s helped other people dream too.
And while she hasn’t won Britain’s Got Talent, she has launched her own career.
A video of her final performance is here.
The winner was Diversity.
Saxaphonist Julian Smith came third.
Upadte: Youtube has the video:
Tonight 10 finalists will perform to claim the prize in Britain’s Got Talent.
Tonight all will be important to their family and friends.
Tonight the eyes and ears of the world will be on just one.
Tonight we’ll wait for the ordinary woman with the extraordinary voice.
Tonight our hopes and prayers will be with the one who has won our hearts.
Tonight, we’ll dream with her and for ourselves.
Tonight she’ll affirm that because she can, we can too.
Tonight’s the night, Susan Boyle, sing your heart out.
Sing for your mother.
Sing for your family, your friends, your village.
Sing for the other ordinary people who have extraordinary gifts.
Sing for us.
Sing for yourself.
Sing your heart out because
Tonight our hearts are with you.
Tonight’s your night.
Tonight’s our night because of you.
Tickets to Cats were sold out weeks ahead when I was in London in 1992.
The only way to get one was to queue for returns. I was third in line when I got to the theatre at about mid day, hoping for tickets to the 8pm show that evening.
It was worth the wait.
I’ve seen the show three times since then – one in Christchurch, twice in Dunedin and will go again when the Oamaru Operatic Society performs it later this year.
If I had to choose a favourite song from Cats it would be Shimble Shanks the Railway Cat, but Memory, which Susan Boyle sang for her semi final performance in Britain’s Got Talent, is a close second.