Thistle Do Nicely
Thistle Do Nicely
Jul 19, 2022
Susan Boyle: The "Hairy Angel" of Blackburn
Play • 1 hr 16 min

A Scottish Podcast About Scotland!

This week we look back at the incredible and inspiring and bonkers story of Susan Boyle; the local singer who came on to the Britain's Got Talent stage in 2009 looking "old", "frumpy", "weird" and many other unflattering adjectives, only to blow the judges, the audience and the world away.

After her appearance she became the biggest ever viral sensation to hit social media. Her rise to fame was devastatingly fast, having an impact on her mental health and well being, but ultimately changing her life forever, while giving her the influence to big time Obama!

We also discuss how she got some of her terrible nicknames.

If you hear some atmospheric rumblings in this episode it's because Chris was recording in a storm. It only adds to the drama of Su Bo's incredible life and career. 

Sláinte


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SOURCES:

 

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/dec/08/susan-boyle-autism
Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar (2011) dir. Osca Humphreys
https://www.tvtechnology.com/news/youtube-lists-mostwatched-videos-of-2009
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britain%27s_Got_Talent_(series_3)#Final_(30_May)
I DREAMED A DREAM - THE SUSAN BOYLE STORY (2009) dir. David Notman-Watt
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2009/apr/18/susan-boyle-britains-got-talent
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/143464686526
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXXDF2bwdFs
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2009/jun/01/susan-boyle-taken-to-priory-clinic
https://www.theguardian.com/media/mediamonkeyblog/2009/jul/22/barack-obama-susan-boyle
https://www.9news.com.au/entertainment/susan-boyle-turns-down-date-with-obama/097e7c0f-78c1-4b59-be06-10112003015f
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Boyle
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/entertainment-arts-11793403
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hn7So0NC74s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUY300UJjGE
https://playbill.com/article/new-musical-i-dreamed-a-dream-to-tell-susan-boyles-life-story-com-180156
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99vN7pB8zco
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5sFowfXKO0
500 Miles by Susan Boyle, Written by Charlie Reid, Craig Reid

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