The year's most unlikely singing sensation, Susan Boyle, is poised to break an internet record. Boyle's performance on UK tv talent show Britain's Got Talent is on its way to becoming the most watched online clip of all time.
Videos of her rendition of the Les Miserables song 'I Dreamed A Dream
' have been viewed over 100 million times in just over a week.
The videos easily beat other "hit" web events like Barack Obama's Victory Speech
, which has received around 18.5 million hits on YouTube. The most popular internet video of all time is 2006's Evolution of Dance
(comic Judson Laipply), which has been received over 118 million views.
Susan Boyle's story has gone far beyond the British tv viewing public, where she is now favourite to win the 100,000 prize for the current season of Britain's Got Talent.
She has been courted by American talk shows and breakfast television, and garnered international news coverage for her "inspirational story", as the "podgy woman with a frumpy frock, a wiry hairdo and heavy brows" who blew away the judging panel and the audience with her voice.
Boyle claims she has never been kissed, but now has an offer for a romantic dinner with show judge Piers Morgan. Another judge, Amanda Holden, says she doesn't want to see Susan undergo a big makeover for the purposes of the tv show, because that would ruin some of her original charm.
Susan herself says she's happy about the way she looks, but doesn't plan to lose any weight... "I looked like a garage on TV and it was mortifying to see"
, she told Star Magazine. "I didn’t realise I could reduce people to tears and I hope it wasn’t because of that."
(At least she's got a sense of humour about it all ;-)
The 47 year old volunteer church worker lives alone with her cat Pebbles in Bathgate. She is the youngest of nine children, and was originally encouraged to audition for the ITV talent show by her mother, who died in 2007.
UK newspapers say Boyle has already met with bosses from Sony BMG about a possible record deal. She is keen to work with Simon Cowell (she trusts him apparently), and is believed to have been promised a deal, even if she doesn't end up winning the ITV1 talent show.* Mirror.co.uk - Britain’s Got Talent: Susan Boyle set for internet world record* Stuff: How did Susan Boyle do it?