Susan Boyle, a 47-year-old singleton from a small village in Scotland, who's never been kissed and lives with her kitty named Pebbles, shocked the "Britain's Got Talent" audience and the judges with her performance of "I Dreamed a Dream."
If you missed seeing this, be prepared to laugh and cry.
What a plucky little gal. It took some major gumption to get up there and face those snickering people and snarky judges.
The Wall Street Journal reports that as of 11 a.m. EST Thursday, the YouTube video of her appearance had been viewed more than 12.3 million times.
And she's set the blogosphere on fire and fans a-Twittering. “When a dowdy, homely, 47-year-old woman sings beautifully, it is headline news,” Tamar Abrams blogs in a Huffington Post article headlined “Susan Boyle: Talent Without Judgment.”
A fan has launched a fan site at susan-boyle.com that already has more than 5,000 members.
Steve Rosenbaum, chief executive of Magnify.net, which hosts the site, told the WSJ that the domain was registered after the show aired in the United Kingdom on Saturday. Traffic rose from more than 27,000 page views Monday to 167,000 Tuesday and 461,000 Wednesday.
Even Ashton Kutcher posted a link on his Twitter site to Boyle's YouTube clip, along with the comment, "This just made my night." Added Demi Moore, "You saw it made me teary!"
According to the WSJ, TweetStats, which monitors recurring terms on Twitter, “Susan Boyle” has been a top trend on Thursday morning
Isn't this Tweet?
Does Susan Boyle have a shot at a singing career?
Or will she go back to her village and her cat, happier for having accomplished her dream of singing before a large audience?
Will she set a new trend in eyebrow shaping?
And who should star in the movie of her life? Helen Mirren? Judi Dench? Angela Lansbury?