Susan Boyle: Almost Better Than “Cats”

Susan Boyle–the British hausfrau who shocked the world by proving that people who weren’t plucked and groomed within an inch of their life could make Simon Cowell swoon just because of their pipes–made her return to the UK’s TV screens last night, with a performance of the Cats stalwart “Memory” in the semifinals of Britain’s Got Talent. While her performance started off a little wobbly, thanks to her reaching into her falsetto range, it was still enough to garner a standing ovation from Cowell, who no doubt was trying to figure out a way to delicately bump up American Idol‘s acceptable-age range in the wake of its ever-declining numbers this year, and get her a spot in the show’s finale Saturday night. [YouTube]

  • Chainsaw Dick

    notwithstanding her performance, something needs to be said regarding the rounds of applause. in her first performance, i noticed that there were like 8 ovations at random points of time. here, there literally is a huge ovation during the middle of a phrase that has absolutely no purpose being there. do the british have their own applause system? should i start cheering during the verse of “we are the champions” and then trail off when i hear the chorus?