'America's Got Talent' Finally Gets Its Susan Boyle?
'America's Got Talent' Finally Gets Its Susan Boyle?
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Finally, Susan Boyle on America's Got Talent?

Less than a month after America's Got Talent kicked off its 4th season, the NBC talent competition saw what is so far touted to be the closest it has come to approximating the Susan Boyle effect. Forty-three-year-old radio technician Kari Callin from Seattle walked up the stage in a nondescript red sweater and simple jeans and told the judges that she had once auditioned for a cruise ship and was turned down even before she opened her mouth just because of the way she looked.

In the classic Susan Boyle manner of surprising the Got Talent audience, homely Kari broke into a heartfelt rendition of "Somewhere" from the West Side Story musical. All three judges gave her a standing ovation. David Hasselhoff said, "You're going to go back to that same cruise ship and you're going to charge that guy $40,000 a night. And he's going to pay it, because you deserve it. Fantastic."

Piers Morgan, who sat on the Britain's Got Talent panel during Susan Boyle's memorable breakthrough performance, said, "One thing that I learned as a judge was never judge a book by its cover. Judge people how they sing. You have an amazing voice." Sharon Osbourne, for her part, told her to "forget the cruise ship. They will never be able to afford you."

Kari previously revealed that she never had a boyfriend or any romantic relationship but it had nonetheless been a dream for her to sing professionally since she started singing when she was 3.

"That's where my heart lies," she told host Nick Cannon. "And even now people look at me, look at my face and go 'Oh OK, you're a singer?' I would like to test that theory out for myself and be able to say that yeah I can sing. But I hadn't had the guts to try that so it's sort of a dream that I haven't pursued."

What a pity, however, that all acts that remotely resemble the Susan Boyle story will be inevitably compared to the frumpy Scottish singer, even before being judged on their own merits.

- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NBC
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