Boyle Tells Oprah Singing Helped Her Cope With the Loss of Her Mom
In the beginning of April, not many people knew who Susan Boyle was. Fast forward to May and 100 million YouTube views later and she's arguably the most popular woman on the planet.
Think that she'd be overwhelmed by all that attention? Susan Boyle told Oprah Winfrey she's loving every minute of it.Skip over this content
"Pretty awesome to be recognized in the street and asked for autographs," she told Oprah on a satellite interview on Monday. "I'm getting quite a few fan letters and cards from around the globe. I'm loving every second of it."
"It takes a bit of time to take in because it happened so quickly," she laughed. "I'm really enjoying every second of it. It's like a dream come true."
Susan told Oprah that she was a slow learner in school and that singing helped her "boost my confidence." It also helped her get through a terrible loss.
"My mom died two years ago. After that there was a wee period where I didn't sing. You try and keep going through that pain and that's what I try to do with my singing. I am very slowly getting over it. One of the reasons I applied to the TV show was to see if I could perform in front of an audience."
Winfrey asked Boyle if she'll get a major makeover before her next appearance on the 'Talent' semifinals this month. "Depends what you mean by a makeover. My best friend helps with my makeup. That's hardly a makeover."
But didn't she get her hair done, asked Oprah? "That was just to tidy myself over like any female would've done," says Boyle.
'Talent' judge Simon Cowell joined Oprah and says he believes Boyle can win the whole thing, but also make sure to tell his most prized contestant to keep her focus.
"One minute you are living with Pebbles the cat. The next you have the media camped outside your front door," he said to Boyle. "It's all about you and your singing voice now. I think you know what you want to do now in the semifinals ... 100 million YouTube hits. It puts you under tremendous pressure and tremendous scrutiny. I think that's a high class problem. I think you want to win it."
"There's a lot of other talent in the competition so I'm willing to take my place with them," responded Boyle.
Oprah signed off with Boyle with a hint at what she'll be facing this month; "Good luck in the next round. It could be the most watched television broadcast ever. With 100 million YouTube hits, everyone will be watching. So no pressure at all."