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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

Britain found an unlikely new talent this week. Susan Boyle walks out on stage; thick eyebrows, a frumpy beige dress, several chins. She tells the audience for "Britain's Got Talent" that she's 47, unemployed and single.

Simon Cowell, that "American Idol" judge, rolls his eyes.

(Soundbite of TV show, "Britain's Got Talent")

Mr. SIMON COWELL (Judge, "American Idol"): Okay, Susan, where are you from?

Ms. SUSAN BOYLE (Contestant, "Britain's Got Talent"): I am from Blackburn, near Bathgate West Lothian.

Mr. COWELL: That's a big town.

Ms. BOYLE: It's a sort of collection of - it's a collection of villages.

BLOCK: Susan Boyle says she'll sing a song from the musical "Les Miserables." Everyone looks pained and then…

(Soundbite of song, "I Dreamed A Dream")

Ms. BOYLE: (Singing) I dreamed a dream in time gone by…

(Soundbite of cheering)

Ms. BOYLE: (Singing) …when hope was high and life worth living. I dreamed that love would never die…

(Soundbite of cheering)

BLOCK: One judge tears up. Simon Cowell actually smiles. And Susan Boyle? Well, she seemed to have forgotten about everything but the music.

(Soundbite of song, "I Dreamed A Dream")

Ms. BOYLE: (Singing) …I dreamed.

(Soundbite of cheering)

BLOCK: At the end, she scurries off stage. The judges have to call her back for the accolades.

(Soundbite of TV show, "Britain's Got Talent")

Mr. COWELL: Susan Boyle, you can go back to the village with your head held high and three yeses.

(Soundbite of cheering)

BLOCK: You can see for yourself, there is video of Susan Boyle's shining moment at our Web site, npr.org.

(Soundbite of music)

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