YouTube phenom Susan Boyle talks (in few words)

With more than 11 million YouTube hits in five days, Susan Boyle is perhaps one of the most famous singers in the world. Appearing on CBS' "The Early Show," she really makes them work for every word.

If Susan Boyle is overwhelmed, she isn't exactly showing it.

On Thursday morning, the YouTube singing phenomenon (11 million hits and counting) appeared on CBS' "The Early Show," standing in her living room in her best pearls.

In the face of morning show questions, she gave honest and comfortingly short answers. Scots don't gush. Some Scots barely speak at all. (Try watching the original series of the Scottish detective saga, "Taggart.")

How does she feel about stardom? "It hasn't really sunk in yet." How did she deal with the laughter when the audience clapped eyes on her? "Well, you have to take yourself seriously, so what I did was concentrated on the song."

How did she find the courage to appear on the show after the death of her mother? "I wanted to make this a tribute to my mother. It was something I had to do. So I had to get on with it."

Did she have professional training? "I did, in Livingston." Livingston is a town 15 miles from Edinburgh. And though Susan may never have heard of "The Early Show," or perhaps even of CBS (also publisher of CNET News), she has no qualms about assuming that you know where Livingston is.

And then, as if to prove that her performance was no fluke, she sang unaccompanied. She didn't even have a couple of back-up singers from the local pub.

Finally, she was asked what she will sing next time on "Britain's Got Talent." (She hasn't won. Last Saturday's performance was only an audition.) Her pithy reply: "Why don't you watch the show and find out?"

Then CBS produced on the phone Patti Lupone, the singer who first performed the "I Dreamed A Dream" song in the London stage version of "Les Miserables" in 1985. She praised Susan's courage and pluck. How was that for an endorsement, Susan? "That'll do."

As for the people who used to tease her, belittle her, Susan says they're now nice to her. "So I may have won them 'round."

It's sad to think that she might have felt a need to do so.

One can only hope that, should she agree to take the calls of sleazy agents and managers wishing to profit from her newfound fame, she offers them simply: "Nope."

Or perhaps another short, more homespun phrase. Oh, wait. She's a church volunteer, isn't she?

 

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