A reader writes:
After the singing, and the audience reaction, the most satisfying thing about that was seeing Simon Cowell taken down a peg. I hope his world view is sincerely rocked for the better.
He's never sung in a church or temple choir, I don't think...Susan Boyle looks like a lot of the women with whom I've sung over the years, and has the spunk that they have, too. Her chat before and after indicated a bright spirit, I know the type and have sung with these women, and girls, many times.
Also, women's voices don't really reach full maturity until early to mid-40's. I've gone from a soprano to a high mezzo and my voice is completely different than it was 5 years ago (I'm 39.). I suspect she is reaching her voice's best range at her age.
Creative spaces are to be found in the unseen and unexpected. They should have some church choirs on American/British Idol, both countries have very strong traditions of group singing and as a result individual singing. There are more good singers around here than you can shake a stick at. I bet she sings in her church choir in her 'villages.'
Just because people don't look like, oh, I dunno, Britney Spears at first glance doesn't mean they can't rock the house. I hope Miss Boyle keeps her wits about her if she goes through the star factory.