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Monday, November 23, 2009

Oh, SuBo...

I like Susan Boyle as much as the next person.

I mean, come on, it was pretty unexpected when that crazy little Scot opened her mouth and revealed a decent, operatic voice. Here we were, completely prepared to mock her, and instead she sounded pretty good. Proof positive not to judge a book (or a cat lady) by its cover.



But now she's traveling all over America -- makeover intact -- to promote her new CD and here's the thing: her voice isn't terrible, but she should stick to what she knows.

Case in point:



Really, SuBo? The Rolling Stones?! Who talked you into that and why did you let them? Show tunes and ballads suit your voice just fine. But leave the rock to someone with a little less vibrato.

On the other hand, she obviously has legions of fans sticking by her around beyond that first performance on "Britain's Got Talent," helping SuBo extend her 15 minutes of fame ever longer. Her debut album, "I Dreamed a Dream," has become the most pre-ordered CD ever from Amazon.com.

I'm not heartless. That first performance gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. But I can't imagine actually paying money to see this woman, or buying her CD (although its release is perfectly timed for Christmas...).

My favorite SuBo moments aren't when she's singing. It's when she's acting like her usual wacky self. The best part of her "Today" appearance this morning wasn't the performance, it was the off-kilter little dance she did after finishing each song. And then I just shake my head and say, "Oh, SuBo..."


Susan Boyle: yea or nay?