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This year's Paul Potts

ashleyd's picture

We all remember the unprepossing Paul Potts, well look at, and then listen to Susan Boyce, see what you think.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9z0h1NNk1Ik



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wonka's picture

(post #52214, reply #1 of 55)

Wow! She knocked their socks off (and mine). Thanks.

Syrah's picture

(post #52214, reply #2 of 55)

Phenomenal!

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #52214, reply #3 of 55)

Wow. I didn't expect that.

For those who don't follow American Idol, you don't want to miss this one either:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuPb0oKyY0E

wonka's picture

(post #52214, reply #5 of 55)

You link went to a bunch of utube videos but none of them were American Idol.

ashleyd's picture

(post #52214, reply #6 of 55)

I don't know if you noticed it but there was a notice saying "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation"


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wonka's picture

(post #52214, reply #7 of 55)

You are right, I didn't notice it. Oh well. My only excuse is that it is still morning, lol.

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #52214, reply #8 of 55)

Too bad.
It's the only performance in the history of the show that received a standing ovation from Simon - Adam Lambert doing Mad World.

sarahendipity's picture

(post #52214, reply #9 of 55)

Isn't he fantastic? If he doesn't win I will be totally shocked.


 


Edited to add a link...http://s79.photobucket.com/albums/j141/mjsbigblog/Top%208/?action=view&current=adam-top8.flv



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Edited 4/12/2009 10:28 pm by sarahendipity

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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #52214, reply #10 of 55)

Thanks for the link.

I rarely watch American Idol, but I've been following it faithfully so far this season, just to watch Adam.

shoechick's picture

(post #52214, reply #14 of 55)

I instantly downloaded his version to my IPOD...he's amazing.  Top two will be him and Danny.

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Pati's picture

(post #52214, reply #39 of 55)

Thanks for this. I never watch but Adam was worth seeing.

ashleyd's picture

(post #52214, reply #11 of 55)

Caught up with this on the recorder (we get it a few days after you), absolutely magic performance, can't see how he can lose, unless of course the voting public shows its usual lack of taste!



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shar999's picture

(post #52214, reply #12 of 55)

Anyone listened to this yeet?  What a voice...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY&NR=1

MadMom's picture

(post #52214, reply #13 of 55)

OMG.  She is unbelievable.



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ashleyd's picture

(post #52214, reply #15 of 55)

Errr, I think that's how this thread started!


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

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shar999's picture

(post #52214, reply #16 of 55)

I realized that after I posted but the video on that thread does not work.

FL.Cook's picture

(post #52214, reply #43 of 55)

Fantastic!!  I think that I have had at least five emails with this link!  She really needs a complete makeover though!!!  But, what a voice, and the expressions on the judges before she sings and then when she starts to sing!!!  I love it!!

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evelyn's picture

(post #52214, reply #4 of 55)

brilliant.

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StevenHB's picture

(post #52214, reply #17 of 55)

I really liked the look on the faces of the judges, Simon in particular, when they came to understand how good she was.


This link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKhIkeTkm8s&feature=related includes the judges evaluation at about 4:30.  Simon is so full of sh1t that it's funny.




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Edited 4/15/2009 6:06 pm ET by StevenHB

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smslaw's picture

(post #52214, reply #19 of 55)

I really liked the look on the faces of the judges, Simon in particular, when they came to understand how good she was.


I'd be willing to bet that he knew ahead of time. The whole thing is fishy.  I don't mean to suggest that she doesn't have a nice voice, only that the performance, including the frumpy dress, her comments, the reaction from the judges, etc. was carefully planned for maximum impact.

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(post #52214, reply #20 of 55)

You're such a cynic! LOL. 


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TracyK's picture

(post #52214, reply #22 of 55)

It isn't a live show. It was edited in post-production, after it was apparent that Susan can sing. So obviously the producers played up the crowd's and the judges' initial mocking and disbelief... but that doesn't mean that the judges knew anything ahead of time.


The way these shows work is that the pre-screeners send both the excellent and the truly horrifying auditions through to the judges. Susan was presented and built up (to the judges, the live audience, and the TV viewers) as someone who would be one of the horrible ones. She wasn't.


They've done the same thing on American Idol a couple of times.


Edited to add: I'm glad she's getting her opportunity, she's quite a lovely singer.


But I find it extremely depressing that the world is so shocked that a plain, frumpy, middle-aged woman can sing.



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Edited 4/16/2009 11:21 am ET by TracyK

evelyn's picture

(post #52214, reply #23 of 55)

I don't think it's so much being in shock as being elated that a plain, frumpy, middle-aged woman can sing. It's the 'every-man' syndrome. Susan is every plain, frumpy, middle-aged woman who KNOWS she has something special in her, but has never had the opportunity to shine...she is shining now and that brings a little bit of light into all our lives...

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.

In life, learn the rules so that you know how to break them properly.
msm-s's picture

(post #52214, reply #24 of 55)

:-)

MadMom's picture

(post #52214, reply #25 of 55)

Beautifully said.



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #52214, reply #26 of 55)

Exactly! (Interesting observation: Absolutely the only person I've heard diss Susan on the basis of her looks is a very plain, frumpy, middle-aged man).




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AnnL's picture

(post #52214, reply #28 of 55)

Joy Behar on The View was making fun of her looks--wanted her to pluck her eyebrows, etc.  Granted, Joy is a comedianne, but still.  The woman CAN SING!  Why does she need to look like conform to some ideal image?  :-(

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TracyK's picture

(post #52214, reply #27 of 55)

Right, but the fact remains that the judges and the audience were mocking her on sight, largely because she doesn't look like what society deems acceptable in a person with singing talent.


And if she hadn't knocked them on their collective arses with her voice, they all would have continued to mock her, and nobody would say boo about it. I find that disheartening.


I think this writer nails it: http://kateharding.net/2009/04/14/whos-laughing-now/



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MadMom's picture

(post #52214, reply #29 of 55)

Beautifully written, and I have to agree with her and with you and with evelyn, too.  Being frumpy and a bit old and having no discernable talent (at least none that I know of) I love seeing someone who is also a bit frumpy knock their socks off.  I agree, we tend (especially females) to want to be perfect, or at least to meet whatever is society's standard at the moment.  I found myself wishing she were twenty years younger, had been given that big chance twenty years ago, when something more might have been done.  I welcomed Paul Potts' dental work.  I'm just as bad as the rest of them, aren't I?



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ashleyd's picture

(post #52214, reply #36 of 55)

I'm having personal conflicts on this one. For sure I don't think that singers (or actors or newsreaders or whatever) should conform to some idealized vision of beauty or handsomeness, the ability to do the job is what counts, to move with the sound, to convince you of the role, to deliver information clearly and concisely, those are the important things, physical appearance should be of little or no relevelance. But yet, and yet, there is something not quite right about somebody who wishes to put themselves in the public eye not even bothering to make themselves presentable. So she's plain, middle-aged and a little chunky, I don't see that as a problem (how could I when those descriptions apply to me just as much!), but I find the lack of care with appearance just a little bit disturbing. Even Paul Potts made an effort, decent dental work is just one of those things that his budget didn't run to, and there's no shame in that.


On my (rare) appearances on TV and being aware of my physical shortcomings I put some effort into making the best of limited resources, so unwanted facial hair was removed, the beard neatly trimmed, hair neatly in place, clothes chosen with some care so that at least my mother would be proud of me and I wouldn't appear like a total dork. But here is this lady with a supreme talent who turns up looking like frumpty dumpty and some people wonder why she isn't taken seriously, at least at first. The reason is that thousands of people audition for these talent shows and 99 point x percent of those that look like that are self-delusionists that somehow convince themselves that they have a secret talent that nobody else has yet recognized, so it is no wonder that the judges become cynical and jaded. You have to mine an awful lot of dross to find a diamond, and even then it needs a lot of work to bring out the best in the stone. I think the real surprise here was not that she had a good voice, but that it was so beautifully developed, not a diamond in the rough but the finished, polished object. Remarkable. I hope she wins, but I also hope that the process she goes through to do that will enable her to gain enough self-esteem to present herself as she would like to be seen, which I strongly suspect will not be as dowdy as as her first appearance.



Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.