Susan Magdalane Boyle (born 1 April 1961) is a Scottish singer who came to international public attention when she appeared as a contestant on reality TV programme “Britain’s Got Talent” on 11 April 2009, singing "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. Her first album was released in November 2009 and debuted as the number one best-selling CD around the globe.
Global interest in Boyle was triggered by the contrast between her powerful voice and her plain appearance on stage. The juxtaposition of the audience's first impression of her with the standing ovation she received after her performance led to an international media and internet response. Within nine days of the audition, videos of her had been watched over 100 million times, an online record. Despite this, she later finished in second place in the final of the show, behind dance troupe Diversity.
Born in Blackburn, West Lothian, to Patrick Boyle, a miner, World War II veteran and singer, and Bridget, a shorthand typist, who were both immigrants from Ireland. She was the youngest of four brothers and six sisters.
Born when her mother was 47, Boyle was briefly deprived of oxygen during the difficult birth and was later diagnosed as having learning difficulties. Boyle says she was bullied as a child and was nicknamed "Susie Simple" at school.
Leaving school with few qualifications, she was employed for the only time in her life as a trainee cook in the kitchen of the local College for six months and took part in government training programmes. She visited the theatre to listen to professional singers..
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