January 22, 2010.
Golden-voiced Susan Boyle came to the U.S. on Januray 13, 2010 to tape an appearance on the Oprah show, which was aired Tuesday, January 19, 210. She sang “Who I Was Born To Be,” talked to Oprah Winfrey in depth, and danced her famous “Boyle Wiggle.” Her debut album, I Dreamed A Dream, has sold over 8 million copies worldwide in a very short time, as it was released less than two months ago, on November 24, 2009. Today we bring you videos of Susan’s Oprah performance and interview, as well as other performances by the Scottish/British phenomenon singing, “Wild Horses,” “Cry Me a River,” and her signature song, “I Dreamed a Dream.”
Photo of Susan Boyle talking to Oprah Tuesday. January 19, 2010 picture.
From the Oprah.com website, here is the transcript of Susan Boyles Oprah appearance on Tuesday, January 19, 2010:
SUSAN BOYLE’S EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY
In less than three minutes, her life changed forever.
On January 21, 2009, Susan Boyle, a 47-year-old church volunteer from Scotland, stepped onstage to audition for a spot on England's hit TV show Britain's Got Talent . She stood before the audience, judges and television viewers and shared her dream—to be a professional singer.
Picture of Susan Boyle singing "I Was Born to Be" on Oprah. 1-19-10 image.
Some people snickered. Others rolled their eyes. But when Susan belted out the first line of the Les Miserables anthem "I Dreamed a Dream," jeers turned to cheers. Her showstopping performance, which has been viewed more than 120 million times on YouTube , captured people's hearts and catapulted her to stardom.
Close-up photo of Susan Boyle singing on Oprah with TV captions. 1-19-10 picture.
"It was one of the most extraordinary moments of the entertainment world in 2009," Oprah says.
Before this moment, however, Susan's life was far from extraordinary.
When Susan was a baby, her parents were told not to expect much from Susan, the youngest of their nine children. She had been deprived of oxygen at birth, which left her with a slight disability.
Picture of Susan Boyle back home in Blackburn, Scotland after taping The Oprah Show on January 13, 2010, looking none the worse for the wear, despite reports she had a minor breakdown at the airport, where she supposedly serenaded people by singing into a mop head. Maybe it's just us, but that sounded like someone having a good time. 1-14-10 photo.
Susan says she struggled to fit in throughout her childhood. "I didn't make friends very easily. I couldn't trust anybody, and when I did try to speak to people, they made fun of me," she says. "So the only escape from all that, really, was music."
It was Susan's lifelong dream to be a professional singer, but when her mother died in 2007, she says she lost the will to sing. "The loneliness really set in," she says. "I know that [my mother] meant me to do something with my life, but I didn't know what until I applied for the television program."
Picture of Susan Boyle mementos, which can be purchased at the Susan Boyle store. Website photo.
To the shock of many loyal fans, Susan came in second place on Britain's Got Talent, but that didn't stop her debut album from reaching number one on the charts.
Since its release in November 2009, I Dreamed a Dream has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest female debut of all time! "It's astounding," Susan says. "It's very humbling, as well."
Photo of Susan Boyle singing "I Dreamed a Dream" on Japanese TV on New Year's Eve. 12-31-09 picture. Watch the video at the bottom of this page.
Since becoming a worldwide sensation, Susan's life—and look—have changed dramatically. "Before the audition, my life was kind of mundane, really. It was really routine, like everyone else's," she says. "But after the audition, people began recognizing me on the street, and I had begun to take myself a bit more seriously as a professional singer."
Some people may not recognize Susan now that she's working with hair stylists, makeup artists and wardrobe consultants. "My old look resembled a wee waif from Blackburn," she says. "The new look is more professional, more polished."
While Susan says she's enjoying being in the spotlight now, fame took a toll early on. In June 2009, Susan spent three days in a London hospital, recuperating from exhaustion.
There are two types of exhaustion. There's exhaustion due to health and exhaustion due to work," she says. "I like to be busy, so I was very exhausted because I worked. So I was fine. Absolutely fine. But it's over with now. You get over that stage, and you just get on with your life. Don't dwell on the past."
Image of Susan Boyle playing the piano as a child. She was a cute little devil, don't you think? Archival photo.
Susan takes comfort in knowing she's never alone. She says her late mother is always with her in spirit. "[My mother is] right here in this room. She would have been really proud of me," she says. "I do feel there is a kind of presence. I do feel there is someone there who's saying, 'Susan, keep going.' And that person is my mother."
Picture of Susan Boyle's childhood idol, Elaine Paige, hugging Susan after their duet on The Susan Boyle Story TV special. Watch the duet in a video at the bottom of this post. Video capture photo.
Visit Susan Boyle’s Website SusanBoyleMusic.com and one of her loyal fan clubs at Susan-Boyle.com. Buy Susan Boyle’s debut album I Dreamed a Dream at Amazon.com. Check out Susan Boyle collectibles here. Read our previous Susan Boyle post for more photos and videos.
Before we get started with the Susan Boyle videos, watch this public service announcement by Adam Lambert and Entertainment Tonight (ET), then tune in tonight to watch the Haiti Telethon on all the networks tonight (January 22, 2010) and donate to the Red Cross if you can. "The people of Haiti need your help," Lambert says. "The images are heartbreaking, the loss of life devastating, but tonight you can help the people of Haiti. Give whatever you can. Your contributions can help end the unimaginable suffering. Do something that will change a life, do something that will make a difference. Don't just let the images on television fade to black." How you can help: Financial donations can be made at www.redcross.org, 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or mail your donation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter. The public can also help by texting "Haiti" to 90999 to send a $10 donation to the Red Cross, through an effort backed by the U.S. State Department. Funds will IMMEDIATELY go to support American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti:
Watch this preview of I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story, which premiered on the TV Guide Network December 14, 2009: