Korean Susan Boyle Was a Homeless Orphan

06.07.11 8 years ago 15 Comments

Ever since Susan Boyle blew up on “Britain’s Got Talent,” every ugly duckling with a nice voice has been called the “next Susan Boyle,” only to disappear back into obscurity (See also: the tubby Chinese kid who sang like Whitney Houston). But this may video may actually contend with Boyle on the Heartwarming Scale (a totally scientific measurement). His name is Sung-Bong Choi, and according to the story he tells on the show, he spent the first five years of his life in an orphanage, which he left after getting beaten. For the next ten years he lived on the streets, sleeping on stairs and in public restrooms. Now 22, he works as a manual laborer who may or may not have a beautiful operatic voice (I don’t want to spoil it for you). Let’s just say he made the cute judge cry:

My only complaint? I think he could’ve gotten more emotional impact with a song from Oliver! He could even tweak the lyrics for the Korean audience. “Food, glorious food! Dog sausage and mustard!”


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