(ITV) Susan Boyle of Blackburn, Scotland stunned the judges during her audition for Britain’s Got Talent with her version of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables and now her performance is You Tube hit too.
Hidden Talent Has Opportunity to Shine
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APRIL 15, 2009

If you haven't yet heard of Susan Boyle, then you're not spending enough time on the internet! ;-)
The 47-year-old singer from the small community of Blackburn, West Lothian (Scotland) wowed the world with her stunningly beautiful voice recently, when she appeared on the UK TV show "Britain's Got Talent" - a performance that has since been watched over 5 million times on YouTube by viewers around the world.
An interesting opinion piece on Susan's performance, and the studio audience reaction, is linked here: www.theherald.co.uk/features/. It's from the Scottish newspaper The Herald; another article, this time from MSNBC is linked here: www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30226936. But to be honest, you just have to witness her performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY. She's going to go a long way, and thrill so many more people, with her gorgeous voice - that's for sure.
And, as if that wasn't enough talent, check out another act from the same show here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gHvATmUsSg. Hilariously funny, this duo - a British man of Greek Cypriot heritage and his 12-year-old son - had the TV audience and me in tears of laughter. I pretty much guarantee they'll cheer you up too.
But, there's more to this story. First, it says wonderful things about Britain - its rich diversity, its 'have a go' mentality, and the ability so many British people have to keep their feet on the ground and not take themselves too seriously while at the same time celebrating their talents. Some of the many things I like about my birth nation! Second, it just makes you think about how much more talent is surely out there, not just in Britain but around the world. Great minds, great voices, stunning abilities in all walks of life... What if all that richness of humanity were exposed and had an opportunity to shine? To delight all those who witnessed it? That really would make the world a brighter place. I hope fervently that we see that kind of equality of opportunity in my lifetime. "Britain's Got Talent" is just the tip of the iceberg.
Read the story: reasonstobehopeful.blogspot.com/2009/04/hidden-talent-has-opportunity-to-shine

Eazibee hails from the UK but now lives in New York, where she works as a consultant - focused on health and environmental issues in developing countries - alongside raising a young family. She devotes any free time she has left to screenwriting and blogging. Reasons to be Hopeful is her principal blog, which she started in October 2007 in an effort to counter the negativity dominating the mainstream newswires. She aims to capture good news from across the world, reflecting the positive experiences of many different communities. Please feel free to send any good stories you come across to eazibee(at)gmail.com.