Oprah, the second most famous person in the world, had Susan Boyle, the most famous person in the world on her show today (Monday May 11, 2009).
Susan Boyle opened her house and welcomed the Oprah film crew in to give the world a glance at how she lived.
Susan told Oprah that she has been singing all of her life, except for one small break when her mother died in 2007. "After that, there was a wee period where I didn't sing," she said.
She said she began singing when she was 9, to compensate for a learning disability. "I was kind of a slow learner at school, so getting something like singing was a good way of hiding behind that and so boosting my confidence," she said.
Susan is loving her new found fame, off the back of the reality show Britain’s Got Talent. "It's like a dream come true," she says.
As for recent makeover, she denies it was one.
"It depends what you mean by a makeover," she says. "I said to my best friend, I said, 'How's about you do my makeup?' I mean, that's hardly a makeover."
Susan Boyle rose to fame only 5 weeks ago when a “gobsmacking” performance of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ on Britain’s Got Talent.
Every week since, the producers of the show have tried to throw a competitor in to trump Boyle’s performance but has so far failed to achieve their sidetrack.
This week, the musical equivalent of the bearded lady, a male opera singer who looked like a rock star and sounded like a woman won the show.
They have tried a male Susan Boyle, a cute kid dancer and a boy who sounded like Michael Jackson but the fact is that once their 15 minutes of fame was over, no-one remembered their names. None of them were a Susan Boyle.
Boyle’s sudden fame surprised the show’s Simon Cowell, who didn’t allow her to sing on the Oprah show this week, claiming it was an unfair advantage over the other contestants.
Cowell spoke highly of Susan. "You've got practically the whole world behind you now," he says. "So I want to say congratulations and wish you the best of luck."
Susan, the youngest of nine, says she started singing when she was 12 years old. Music, she says, helped her cope with a learning disability. "I was kind of a slow learner at school, so getting something like singing was a good way of hiding behind that and so boosting my confidence."
Susan says her biggest supporter was her mom, who died in 2007. "After that, there was a wee period where I didn't sing," she says.
To help cope with the loss, Susan says she auditioned for Britain's Got Talent. "I am very slowly getting over it," she says. "One of the reasons I applied for the TV show was to try to see if I could perform in front of an audience."
It was the performance of Susan's life—and everything changed overnight. Paparazzi now camp outside of the home she's lived in for 48 years, and her mailbox is filling up with fan mail—with a few letters for her cat, Pebbles, mixed in
Susan says she's embracing every moment of her newfound fame. "It's like a dream come true," she says.
Despite constant public scrutiny over her appearance, Susan says she hasn't had a makeover. "It depends what you mean by a makeover," she says. "I said to my best friend, I said, 'How's about you do my makeup?' I mean, that's hardly a makeover."
Though she cut and colored her hair, Susan says it wasn't part of a dramatic transformation plan. "I did a bit, but that was just to tidy myself up like any other female would have done," she says.
No matter what, Simon says the competition is all about Susan and her voice. "You've got practically the whole world behind you now," he says. "So I want to say congratulations and wish you the best of luck."
What Do You Think About The Makeover Of Susan Boyle??
Source : by Paul Cashmere
Friday, May 15, 2009
It may seem like the contest is over. For many weeks, show enthusiasts (myself included) have speculated Adam Lambert would — or, at least, should — win this season of American Idol.
Of course, way back in Season 2, I was just as certain Clay Aiken would walk away with the title. And that didn’t happen. So, don’t count out Kris Allen. The show is not over until the sparks fly and the confetti falls.
Many people are angry Danny Gokey did not make it to the finale. My e-mail inbox has been flooded with feedback from fans swearing they will never watch another season, because they just know this show is rigged. Sorry, folks, but I think the producers can stand to lose a few viewers and be just fine. After all, 88 million votes were cast this week. And the show still remains to be the top-rated — by a mile — week after week. Plus, they have given several finalists record deals, so I don’t think they really care who wins these days.
But on to the debate. Will it be Adam? Or is Kris going to continue his climb to the title? Here’s why it could go either way:
Adam has been consistent since the beginning. He has that extra spark that makes him stand out — in a good way — from the other contestants. He can really, really sing anything. And he’s entertaining. You never know what you will get from an Adam Lambert performance until he opens his mouth, and that’s worked for him to this point.
He already has been featured on the cover of Entertainment Weekly. I believe (don’t quote me, though) this is the first time an Idol finalist has gone solo on a major magazine cover before that season’s winner has been crowned.
Now back to the singing. All you have to do is take one more listen to Tracks of My Tears, one of his best performances, and you will understand why Adam is this year’s leader. Or search for any of his performances. He has been on top of his game from the start.
There are some things that could really be working against Adam, too.
Simon Cowell has not dodged the question of who should win this season. He mentioned to both Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah that he thinks Adam should take the crown. This could hurt, considering so many people feel the show is rigged and the judges are doing everything to throw the votes his way. (Keep in mind, America has the last say.)
Katy Perry wore Adam’s name on the back of her Elvis-inspired cape during Wednesday’s results show, which also serves as a ringing endorsement from a top-selling artist. Of course, this also is being seen by many fans as a way to “brainwash” the viewers into choosing Adam.
Plus, and I hate that this matters, there is the question of his sexuality. While Adam has not confirmed or denied rumors of his sexuality, there have been plenty of pictures released of him kissing other men. It hasn’t hurt so far in the competition, but now is certainly the time it could.
He’s the dark horse in the competition, and that could be a good thing. Since the beginning, Kris has been moving slowly uphill with momentum. In the early stages of auditions, he didn’t really stand out (ala Kelly Clarkson), but he’s grown more and more each week into a true artist.
While Adam may be the favored winner of Simon Cowell, Kris has had his fair share of endorsements from the judges. This week’s performance of Kanye West’s Heartless led Randy Jackson to say it was better than the original. You know, the one by Kanye West. Not a bad endorsement, if you ask me. (I also would like to note it was this stellar performance that clenched his finale appearance. He clearly exceeded expectations and made himself look stronger than Danny Gokey.)
Speaking of Danny, Kris also is more in line with that conservative style. He doesn’t wear guyliner, and his style of music and wardrobe matches more closely. And that means the transfer of Danny votes could really sway this thing into a shocking Kris Allen victory.
But, again, I return to the music. If you don’t think Kris Allen has a fighting chance, check out his version of Falling Slowly. That, to me, really proved he could be something big in the industry.
There are some things that could really be working against Kris Allen, too.
Mostly, the fact he isn’t Adam Lambert.
Source : http://www.watchingamericanidol.com
Friday, May 8, 2009
Name Adam Lambert
Height 6' 1" (185 cm)
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Dyed Black
Date of Birth January 29, 1982
Birthplace San Diego, CA
Star Sign Aquarius
High School Mesa Verde High School,Mt. Carmel High School,Deer Canyon Elementry
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Claim to Fame American Idol 2009
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