What started as a cruel joke, hyping her sad sack, never been kissed existence with just her cats and a dream to keep her company, turned into mega-stardom the moment she opened her mouth to sing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables. Boyle's performance turned the audience and the judges to grinning, weeping and cheering instant fans.
The 49-year-old Scottish singer went on to finish second in the competition but had major chart-topping success with her debut album, aptly titled, I Dreamed a Dream, which became 2009's biggest-selling album in the world, selling 9 million copies.
That album also landed Susan several distinctions in the Guinness Book of World Records. It was awarded the record for the fastest-selling debut album by a female artist in the UK and the most successful first week sales of a debut album in the UK, while Susan earned the distinction of the oldest person to reach number one with a debut album in the UK.
With her follow-up record, The Gift, Boyle is earning even more historic accolades. She just became the first female artist in history to simultaneously have a number one album in the US and the UK twice in less than a year. The only other musicians in history who have achieved that distinction were the Monkees in 1967 and the Beatles in 1969. That is some serious company to keep!
In a statement, Boyle said, "I've never felt happier in all my life. This is an amazing result and one I never expected."
Britain's Got Talent creator and head judge, Simon Cowell said, "I'm thrilled for Susan, she has once again defied the odds. She is my superwoman."
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