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Susan Boyle, British singer with disability
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Posted on April 14 2009 01:45 AM

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Susan Boyle got a standing ovation and brought many people to tears with her beautiful voice on Britain's Got Talent. - jus'

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Here's a quote from Mirror.


This is the quote from Mirror.

Britain's Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle has revealed the childhood bullying torment that spurred her bid for stardom.

Susan, 48, wowed judges and viewers with her version of hit West End show tune I Dreamed A Dream as the ITV1 series returned last night.

But she told how as a youngster she was ruthlessly mocked by other kids because being starved of oxygen at birth left her with learning difficulties.

Her ordeal saw her seek comfort in singing - a talent she discovered when she was five.

Spinster Susan - who has never had a boyfriend - said: "I was born with a disability and that made me a target for bullies. I was called names because of my fuzzy hair and because I struggled in class.

"I told the teachers, but because it was more verbal than physical I could never prove anything. But words often hurt more than cuts and bruises and the scars are still there."

However, Susan has proved such a smash hit on Britain's Got Talent that supremo Simon Cowell has held talks with her about signing for his Sony BMG record label.

And she believes her TV success is the perfect answer to the childhood tormentors who made her life hell in Bathgate, West Lothian.

The singer said: "I still see the kids I went to school with because we all live in the same area.

"They're all grown up with children of their own. But look at me now - I've got the last laugh."

Susan went on the talent contest to fulfil a fervent wish of her late mother Bridget, who died in 2007.

She revealed: "Mum loved the show and used to tell me I should put my name down and that I'd win it if I did.

"But I never thought I was good enough. It was only after she died that I plucked up the courage to enter.

"It was a very dark time and I suffered depression and anxiety. But out of the darkness came light. I realised I wanted to make her proud of me and the only way to do that was to take the risk and enter the show."

It is a gamble that has paid off, with her tear-jerking rendition of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables getting an enthusiastic thumbs-up from judges Simon, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden.
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Posted on April 14 2009 04:15 AM
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What a voice! I was moved to tears when I watched her performance... for such a sad story she has, she's certainly getting the last laugh now. I'll say it again - what a voice!
"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." - Eric Hoffer
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Posted on April 14 2009 06:17 AM

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I saw the performance yesterday and it was absolutely brilliant.
All I can say is she has a wonderful voice..
I'm a violin so stop trying to make me sound like a piano!!

Dyscalculia doesn't bother me as much as all the nasty accessories that came with it
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Posted on April 14 2009 10:46 AM

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I watched her on Sunday night on the re-run of the show. She came on acting like it was just going to be a "no" she is from Scotland and i was like wow when she started to sing. She was VERY good and i think it was just great to see how thesudience who laughed at her when she came onto the stage to then give her a standing ovation. Just goes to show you cant judge a book by its cover
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