On this weekend’s “Britain’s Got Talent,” a frumpy 47-year-old unemployed cat woman named Susan Boyle went on stage and sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. The producers set her up to look like one of the crazies who make an ass of themselves — not that that was terribly hard — but then something special happened. Boyle ROCKED it. She absolutely owned the song. You can actually see Simon Cowell’s heart turn from black to red and start pumping blood for the first time in years.
I know that we bloggers work in constant hyperbole — every day something is the best or worst ever. And that’s a shame, because this is the single most surprising and touching moment I’ve ever seen from a reality show. I admit, when I watched this clip last night, I got a little misty. Okay, I cried a little. A lot. I sobbed throughout the second half of the song. But to be fair, I’d been drinking, and I’ve got some other stuff going on in my life. Don’t judge me!