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EW is mean to Susan Boyle

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“Susan Boyle just isn’t that extraordinary, Adam Markovitz writes in Entertainment Weekly . The middle-aged singer who wowed Simon Cowell on Britain’s Got Talent and sparked a viral YouTube hit is getting by on her lack of looks. Her voice is adequate, Markovitz writes, but “her talent is only really shocking if you’ve already counted her out as a squawker on account of her granny hairdo and pre-fame Julia Roberts eyebrows.”

Clearly, Adam Markovitz doesn’t get it.  The world loves an underdog.  Clearly, no one expected her to sound like she did and when she sang, everyone got behind her because the audience (and judges) wanted a person like Susan Boyle to have her one shining moment in the sun.  Maybe she is merely adequate vocally but for a moment, Susan Boyle felt extraordinary and maybe her life might be a little different from here on than it otherwise would have.

Time to step back from the bitter soup, Mr. Markowitz.


Written by arnold

April 16, 2009 at 10:51 am

Posted in Entertainment

8 Responses

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  1. I didn’t realize the point of Idol was to cheer for an underdog. If that’s the case, why not just trot a crippled and orphaned baboon out there to howl away so everyone can cheer about how much of an underdog he is.

    I don’t really buy into the fabricated drama of reality TV.

    the kyle

    April 16, 2009 at 1:11 pm

  2. Actually this was on Britain’s Got Talent. The show premise is a little different. A person comes out, performs and gets told: yes, they have talent or no, they don’t.

    And thanks for the “I’m too good to watch reality TV”. That’s not pretentious at all 😀


    April 16, 2009 at 1:17 pm

  3. So her talent is looking like she doesn’t have talent? Still don’t get it.

    And nice surprise on the “elitist” card. I was expecting Jack Bauer-themed repartee.

    the kyle

    April 16, 2009 at 1:35 pm

  4. I’m actually surprised you don’t like reality TV. Not because it’s intellectually stimulating… there’s plenty of dross out there like The Cougar, Paris Hilton’s BFF and The Hills. What I like about reality TV is you get to observe the masses without having to actually know them. So you can watch how people deal with interpersonal conflict, watch people scheme/be ambitious, and generally see people succeed or fail based on their world views. It’s pretty heady stuff.


    April 16, 2009 at 1:52 pm

  5. Yeah, like People’s Court and Jerry Springer are “heady.” And there’s really a show called “The Cougar?” I’m totally watching…

    the kyle

    April 16, 2009 at 9:29 pm

  6. Here’s what I’ll cop to:

    Any Road Rules/Real World challenge show
    American Idol, after it’s just 8 0r 10 left
    Dancing with the Stars, 3-4 shows a season
    Amazing Race, 1-2 shows a season
    The Bachelor/Th Bachelorette, the finale episodes


    April 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm

  7. Hey, thanks to the never-ending media coverage of Susan Boyle’s every move (her life is now ruined), I just saw that Jerry Springer used to host the heady “America’s Got Talent.” Fitting.

    (Are you really going to pass up another chance to rip on 24?)

    the kyle

    April 18, 2009 at 11:47 am

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