Piers Morgan offers to kiss YouTube sensation singer

20th April 2009, Comments 0 comments

Boyle, whose stunning singing performance has so far been viewed over 19 million times on YouTube, lived on her own with a cat called Pebbles before her appearance on the Britain's Got Talent television show last weekend.

London -- Talent show judge Piers Morgan offered Friday to kiss Scottish charity worker Susan Boyle, who said she had never been kissed before becoming an international YouTube sensation this week.

Boyle, whose stunning singing performance has so far been viewed over 19 million times on YouTube, lived on her own with a cat called Pebbles before her appearance on the Britain's Got Talent television show last weekend.

The dowdy-looking, plump 47-year-old said in a pre-performance interview that she had never been kissed.

But in a video on his website, Morgan -- a former British tabloid newspaper editor who has become a star in his own right as a talent show judge in Britain and the United States -- said he was ready to change that.

"I've decided to extend an invitation to Susan to take her out for a meal -- a very romantic restaurant, I think, with some roses, some fine wine, some glamorous waiters, and to offer her the chance to break her kissing duck with these little things.

"So Susan, if you're watching, I'm available," he said.

Meanwhile, the media is lapping her up.

"Susan has clearly wowed the audience, the judges and the world with a truly fantastic performance," said Tom Kerr, leader of West Lothian council in Scotland where Boyle lives with her cat Pebbles.

The West Lothian Courier, her local paper, added that she was "doing what the Beatles did in the 60s" -- that is, taking the United States by storm.

And, while press coverage in Britain was relatively muted, media in the United States are lapping up the story.

Global news channel CNN said it had been flooded with messages about Boyle.

The San Francisco Chronicle, under the headline "Just Who Is The Singer Susan Boyle?" noted that "Unless you live under a rock, you know about the Scottish woman who has taken the industrialised world by storm."

"UK talent show stunned by Scottish virgin Susan Boyle," ran Australia's Herald Sun newspaper.

In Britain coverage was less frenetic -- perhaps because "Britain's Got Talent" airs on private broadcaster ITV and so the story was not highlighted by rival channels.

In the clip, the down-to-earth Boyle walked on stage, saying she dreamed of emulating West End star Elaine Page.

When she began to sing, the panel of three judges led by music guru Simon Cowell appeared visibly taken aback, and the audience in Glasgow rose to its feet as her voiced soared through "I Dreamed A Dream" from "Les Miserables."

Cowell was already lining up a record deal for her, Britain's Press Association reported, while versions of the song she sang entered the midweek singles chart here and the iTunes chart.

US actress Moore posted the comment "It made me teary" on her Twitter page, after viewing the clip.

When told about Moore's reaction, Boyle told reporters outside her home Thursday: "That's overwhelming. That's something else."

But she appeared unfazed, saying: "I just take it all in my stride, I'm enjoying it."

Boyle's success -- she is now favourite to win the British talent show -- has drawn comparisons with Paul Potts, an opera-singing mobile phone salesman who won in 2007. Potts went on to have number one albums in 15 countries.

Boyle's performance can be seen at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY.

AFP/Expatica

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