Not Everyone Has What It Takes To Be Able To Cope With Instant Popularity

From: YouMe Support Foundation with Win a Resort
Published: Tue Jun 02 2009

Just short eight weeks ago no one even knew the name of Susan Boyle, 48 year-old dowdy singing spinster. Now she is a global star and a household word, with one of the most viewed videos in history. The tragedy is the media has paid more attention to Susan's appearance, (or lack of), than to her great singing talent.

Some would see Susan's story as a direct rebuke to people's shameful tendency of judging a 'book by its cover'. Susan proved everyone wrong, when she initially faced a hostile audience. "Modern society is too quick to judge people on their appearances. There is not much you can do about it; it is the way they think; it is the way they are", Susan says. "But maybe this could teach them a lesson, or set an example".

Police were summoned to the hotel where Susan Boyle was staying after the final of Britain's Got Talent, around 6.p.m. allegedly to assess a woman under the Mental Health Act. While not openly stating it was Susan Boyle, the woman was taken voluntarily by ambulance, a London Priory Clinic.

Spokesperson for the producers of the reality TV show said: "Following Saturday night's show, Susan is exhausted and emotionally drained. She has been seen by her private GP who supports her decision to take a few days out for rest and recovery. We offer her our ongoing support and wish her a speedy recovery".

Susan gained second place to a street dancing troupe in the television competition, where she once again performed her moving rendition of 'I Dreamed A Dream'. "For me, she has been the show's greatest discovery. I am only sorry the tidal wave of publicity caused people to get bored or irritated and decided not to vote for her", said Piers Morgan, Britain's Got Talent judge.

Susan Boyle twice publicly boiled over, in the week prior to the finale, revealing the huge pressure she was under. Susan was also worried over her favourite 31 year-old niece, who collapsed after giving birth to a baby boy last month. Medics said the niece, Jacquelene, had fallen down the stairs in her Bathgate home and was rushed to hospital. It would seem the niece is suffering from a blood disorder.

Susan has already received offers from Hollywood. As Simon Cowell, owner and judge of Britain's Got Talent said, "Susan is a very special person". It will however, remain to be seen if Simon Cowell will place Susan under a recording contract, as was Paul Potts, an earlier winner. Or whether Susan will make it to West End musicals. Rumour says Boyle is to soon head off on a Britain's Got Talent Tour with other stars of the show. An insider of BGT says Susan could be in line to make about $10 million from TV advertising and record deals.

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