Susan Boyle (born Susan Magdalane Boyle 1.4.1961)
Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer, whose unexpected and dramatic rise to fame occurred after she entered the TV reality talent show Britain's Got Talent.
Childhood and Singing Background: Susan Boyle was born in Blackburn, West Lothian, To Patrick and Bridget Boyle. Her father was a miner and also used to be a singer. Her mother was a typist. Bridget was 47 when Susan was born. Her daughter was diagnosed with having learning difficulties as a child and was bullied at school.
Having left school with a minimal number of qualifications, Susan Boyle briefly worked as a trainee cook before entering a number of Government training schemes. She enjoyed performing and would sing at a number of local venues and working men's clubs.
She also took singing lessons and attended the Edinburgh Acting School, performing in the Edinburgh Fringe. Her main experience of singing, however, came when she would sing in her local Catholic church. She auditioned a number of times for the TV show My Kind of People, presented by Michael Barrymore.
Music Career: Having won a number of local singing contests, Susan Boyle was encouraged by her mother to enter Britain's Got Talent. She had once intended to audition for The X Factor but changed her mind when she felt that contestants were being selected for their looks, rather than for their singing talent. When she first performed on Britain's Got Talent, it was the first time that she had sung in public since the death of her mother. She said in her initial performance that she wanted to be as successful as Elaine Paige.
After her final performance, singing 'Memory' from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats, Susan Boyle came second in the talent contest, losing out to the dance troupe Diversity. The judges of the show were Amanda Holden, Piers Morgan and Simon Cowell. The UK press paid great attention to Susan's mental well-being and the day after the Britain's Got Talent final, she was admitted to The Priory; a private psychiatric clinic in London.
Susan Boyle's debut album, I Dreamed a Dream, was released in November 2009. The album featured her debut single, which was a cover of the Rolling Stones' 'Wild Horses'. The album became the fastest-selling UK debut album (outselling Leona Lewis, who previously held the title) of all time and went straight to number one in the UK. The album fared similarly well, only narrowly missing out to Taylor Swift to become the biggest selling US album of 2009.
A number of US TV shows have made reference to Susan Boyle (also nicknamed Su-Bo in the press), such as South Park, The Simpsons and 30 Rock.
Wholesome stories from a national treasure.
We love the nostalgia of the Christmas season, whether it's the music, the food or the memories. Who better to give us a wholesome picture of this wonderful of year than operatic pop sweetheart and former Britain's Got Talent finalist Susan Boyle? She'll be hitting the road again next Spring to celebrate her latest album 'Ten'.
Perfect Christmas Day?
Continue reading: Getting Into The Festive Spirit With Susan Boyle [Christmas Q&A]
The Scottish singer had worried fans earlier this month after shouting ‘help me’ at Derry Airport.
Singer Susan Boyle was reportedly escorted from the British Airways lounge in Heathrow Airport on Monday afternoon (April 26th) after a ‘heated’ disagreement with a staff member. According to The Sun, police were called to the BA lounge and they eventually removed her from the airport.
Susan Boyle was reportedly removed from the BA lounge at Heathrow by police.
A witness told The Sun: “She looked confused and was shouting: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong, I’ve done nothing wrong’ repeatedly. There was a massive commotion and everyone was looking at her.”
Merrill Osmond - Susan Boyle and Merrill Osmond peform a duet at the Hearing Fund UK Gala Evening With Friends held at Elland Road Stadium - Leeds, United Kingdom - Sunday 9th August 2015
Susan Boyle - Susan was Chieftain in 2014 and handed over the Chieftan's Cromach (a shepherd's crook) to 2015 Chieftain, Alistair Todd, general manager of Calor Scotland. at Balbardie Park - Bathgate, United Kingdom - Saturday 30th May 2015
The panel remains the same as last year, with Cowell, Dixon, Holden and Walliams all set to cast their eye over the hopefuls again.
It’s that time of year again! ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ is all set to return to our screens to see us through the dark and dismal winter months, and viewers can expect more of what they’re used to, as the show’s line-up is unchanged.
ITV confirmed on Friday that the panel of judges will remain the same, after Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams have all signed up for another year. On the presenting front, stalwart pair Ant & Dec will return as hosts once more.
Simon Cowell will return in 'Britain's Got Talent'
Continue reading: 'Britain's Got Talent' Panel Announced
The former 'Britian's Got Talent' contestant recently opened up about struggling with her Asperger's diagnosis.
Ever since Susan Boyle was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome one years ago, she has had a hard time dealing with the condition and recently admitted she only feels "safe" on stage, life outside of her career is the real struggle.
Boyle recently admitted she has struggled with her Asperger's diagnosis
Boyle, who previously put down her eccentric behaviour and anxiety to brain damage she suffered as a child after being starved of oxygen, opened up with the Daily Mail's Weekend Magazine how the condition leaves her in a "sense of panic" and feeling depressed.
Susan Boyle - Susan Boyle outside the ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th November 2014
Susan Boyle is risking irking Beatles fans with a cover of Lennon's 'Imagine'
Susan Boyle says she hopes John Lennon fans will appreciate the effort put into her cover of 'Imagine', which appears on her sixth studio album. The Scottish singer also stamped her own unique mark on Pink Floyd's 'Wish You Were Here'.
Susan Boyle returns with new album 'Hope'
The 53-year-old, who rose to fame after her appearance on Britain's Got Talent, accepted that both songs could incur the wrath of hardcore fans.
Continue reading: Susan Boyle Hopes Die-Hard Lennon Fans Will Appreciate 'Imagine' Cover
Now you've seen everyone do it...
Just when we thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge couldn't get any better (we honestly thought the swearing toddler topped them all!), an unlikely group of people have decided to take it on over in Ireland; they would be none other than Redemptoristine Sisters of Dublin.
Nuns can have fun too!
In the latest viral Ice Bucket Challenge to hit the web, a group of six nuns dressed in their traditional habits and red robes drench each other in icy water after hearing about the hugely popular charity internet craze which was set up to raise money for the ALS Association. Now it seems LITERALLY everybody has done it.
The reality series 'Britain's Got Talent' has broken world records by becoming the Most successful reality television format. The Guinness World Record's website confirmed the news on Monday (7th April). The show has spawned 59 versions worldwide including series in the US, Afghanistan and Iceland.
Britain's Got Talent has set the Guinness World Record for being the most popular reality television format in the world, having been adopted by 59 different shows worldwide. The announcement was made today (7th April) on the Guinness World Record website.
Simon Cowell created the format for Britain's Got Talent.
Britain's Got Talent was first broadcast on ITV in 2007 and an eighth series is expected to air this year. The format, which was created by Simon Cowell, has been used in versions worldwide. Cowell serves as a judge on the UK version of the show and an executive producer on the US version.
Susan Boyle - Susan Boyle performing live on stage at Manchester Bridgewater Hall - Manchester, United Kingdom - Tuesday 25th March 2014
Susan Boyle has applied for a job at her local branch of Ladbrokes.
Susan Boyle has reportedly applied for a minimum wage job at her local branch of Ladbrokes bookmakers. The Scottish singer is said to be worth an estimated £20 million though she is keen on the cashiers job at Ladbrokes in Blackburn, which pays just over £6 per hour.
Susan Boyle Has Always Remained Loyal To Her Native Scotland
The 52-year-old Britain's Got Talent runner-up walked into the store on Thursday (January 23, 2013) and spoke with deputy manager David Corr regarding the vacancy.
Continue reading: Susan Boyle Applies For Minimum-Wage Job At Ladbrokes Bookies
Boyle's diagnosis was welcome news for the singer.
Singing sensation Susan Boyle, who shot to fame after her powerful voice was showcased on Britain's Got Talent back in 2009, has come forward about being recently diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. In a recent interview with The Observer, Boyle revealed that she is actually relieved about finally getting a correct diagnosis, after having spent her life with the label “brain-damaged.”
Boyle says that receiving the diagnosis has been "a relief."
Boyle received the wrong diagnosis after complications during birth and has carried the stigma throughout her 52 years of life. . "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid," she says. "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself."
Continue reading: Asperger's Syndrome Diagnosis Came As A Relief To Susan Boyle
Asperger's is a form of autism that SuBo has had since she was a child
Susan Boyle revealed for the first time this weekend that she suffers from Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism that usually affects the way a patient socially interacts with others and enamours the patient with one particular interest or behavioural trait. The singer told British newspaper The Observer that she was diagnosed with the mental disorder last year, having been falsely diagnosed as a child.
Susan shot to fame following her rendition of 'I Dreamed A Dream' on BGT
The 2009 Britain's Got Talent finalist told the paper that she was wrongly diagnosed with having brain damage when she was a child. Knowing that she had been unfairly and incorrectly labelled, the singer decided to re-evaluate herself in 2012 and visited a specialist in her native Scotland, where she was finally given the correct diagnosis after 52-years of waiting. The singer described her eventual diagnosis as a "relief."
Continue reading: Susan Boyle Reveals Her Battle With Asperger's Syndrome
Susan Boyle Saturday 12th September 2009 arrives at LAX airport on a British Airways flight from Heathrow and is mobbed by photographers, reporters and fans. Los Angeles, California
Date of birth
1st April, 1961