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Has the video of Susan Boyle been posted here yet?
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Apr 16 2009, 6:58pm

Post #26 of 37 (177 views)
The snarkies are already out. [In reply to] Can't Post

Some people are already saying she's overrated, and asking what's the big deal, and snark-snark-snark.

Some people always have to tear down.

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Apr 17 2009, 12:18am

Post #27 of 37 (149 views)
"A zip[per] on the back so I can escape" [In reply to] Can't Post

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"If it all gets too much and they lock me up, I want a great big strait-jacket with spots on it. A pink one... and a big zip on the back so I can escape."

She just keeps making me smile.

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Apr 17 2009, 12:58am

Post #28 of 37 (173 views)
*jaw drops* [In reply to] Can't Post

I've never even seen the show, but I heard alot about someone being really good, and I was just going to ignore it... but then I saw the link and thought "Aw, heck. Why not?" and I watched the vid.

I would have never guessed! It was so beautiful! I wanted to yell at the people screaming because I couldn't hear her, but then... If I had been there I would have probably screamed too. All-in-all... Susan Boyle is awesome!

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(This post was edited by Ataahua on Apr 17 2009, 8:25pm)


Apr 17 2009, 4:05pm

Post #29 of 37 (127 views)
I don't think she was a belter... [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll agree that she could have, perhaps, taken a little more nuanced approach, but she was so much better than most of the people you hear on those shows. She has a very raw talent, and could be a professional with the right coaching.

(The Colm Meaney comment was spot-on. I knew she reminded me of someone!)

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Apr 17 2009, 4:41pm

Post #30 of 37 (164 views)
I mean [In reply to] Can't Post

in the sense that she stayed in chest voice instead of changing up to middle voice for the higher notes. That's what "belting" means, technically. (My teacher gets very down on me for doing it.)

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Apr 17 2009, 4:43pm

Post #31 of 37 (137 views)
I wanted her to kick their... seats... so badly! Then I cried [In reply to] Can't Post

What a beautiful voice, beautiful moment, and beautiful response from the judges and the audience. Such a thrilling time for her. Magic. Now knowing her story, that song was meant for her... and she owned it.

Bless her.


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Apr 17 2009, 5:00pm

Post #32 of 37 (123 views)
That was so awesome!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

The looks on their faces (especially Simon's :D ), going from ridicule and let's-get-this-over-with to absolutely floored awe. WOW!

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Apr 17 2009, 5:00pm

Post #33 of 37 (138 views)
So sorry! [In reply to] Can't Post

It didn't occur to me that not everyone sees the show on the same night.

I do know what you mean about Simon tending to judge books by their covers, but to be fair, American Idol at least is supposedly looking for the "whole package" in terms of marketability as a pop star, of which appearance is a large part. To his credit, Simon eventually comes around if the vocal talent is big enough, even if he needs a lot of convincing (e.g., 29-year-old Taylor Hicks and his gray hair). Plus, on Idol, the contrast between Simon's snarkiness and Paula's niceness adds spice. ;-)

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Apr 17 2009, 9:46pm

Post #34 of 37 (144 views)
Her shining personality is as wonderful as her voice [In reply to] Can't Post

My daughter showed me this clip last night. I heard her talking about a " group cry " while she was ' skyping ' with friends. They had all just watched it together and were all crying with happiness for her. She showed me what they were crying about and I was absolutely blown away. I applaud her courage for standing there knowing she would have to suffer through the same cynical looks and snarky eyebrow reaises she suffered all her life, but she stood her groud.

Bravo to her ! I was very heartened to hear my daughter and her friends all praise her with many shouts of " Ohhh..she's SO cute !! " They just loved her .

I thought it was funny and cute that she was all set to just walk off straightaway after singing. LOL ! It was like." O.k. I did it, there you are. " She has my deepest admiration and respect. I wish I had a sliver of her singing voice !

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Apr 17 2009, 10:28pm

Post #35 of 37 (141 views)
I loved the way she walked off, too [In reply to] Can't Post

not terribly stable in her high heels. And she was so genuinely surprised that they all gave her a 'yes'.
I hope her family look after her - sometimes 15 minutes of fame can be a brutal thing.


Apr 17 2009, 11:55pm

Post #36 of 37 (127 views)
She seemed so delightfully curious at first. [In reply to] Can't Post

She floored me. She completely wiped me out. I called the wife in and we were both sobbing as i played it again, and again (found a louder version), played it 2 times more.
How in the world could such a gem lie hidden so long.
I absolutely adore her. Thanks Auntie, you, in spades, made our night:).

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Apr 18 2009, 12:59am

Post #37 of 37 (201 views)
Yes. [In reply to] Can't Post

Using chest register without any head resonance for high notes not only sounds harsh, but causes vocal cord hemorrhages (e.g., Jordin Sparks). I really don't understand why anyone likes that sound! It's like being shouted at. To me, it's as bad as nails on a chalkboard!

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