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Britain's Got Talent - Susan Boyle
This video showcases the performance of Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent, the UK’s version of American Idol, and considered by many to be a better show. What is remarkable about this video is that it turns the world upside down and in the words of the Firesign Theatre shows that “Everything you know is wrong.” It starts like a pretty typical talent presentation by a frumpy, unattractive, middle age woman with spunk, but the assumption that you have while beginning to watch, an assumption clearly shared by all three judges, is that this is a pathetic woman from the styx with no talent who is about to be a laughing stock. Her double chin, her bushy eyebrows, the fact that she is almost 48, all go against her. Then she opens her mouth and the world changes. The reactions of the judges, including one who admits her own cynicism is a wonder to watch. There is a breathtaking sense of redemption and the victory of the human spirit and the notion that, yes, many of us really do have talent, even if we are not conventionally attractive.
eGuider: Margot Adler
NPR correspondent, Morning Edition & All Things Considered
Margot Adler specializes in in-depth features that explore the interface between culture, politics and technology. She is also one of NPR’s two New York Correspondents, covering the human and political dramas of that city. Adler was also one of the first people to interview J.K Rowling and to chart the Potter phenomenon. She is the author of Drawing Down the Moon, the classic study of contemporary Paganism, goddess worship and witchcraft, and has also written a political memoir of the 1960’s and 70s, Heretic’s Heart.