My daily readings 02/26/2010

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    • Global interest in Boyle was triggered by the contrast between her powerful voice and her plain appearance on stage. The juxtaposition of the audience’s first impression of her with the standing ovation she received during and after her performance led to an international media and Internet response. Within nine days of the audition, videos of Boyle — from the show, various interviews and her 1999 rendition of “Cry Me a River” — had been watched over 100 million times.[7] Despite the sustained media interest she later finished in second place in the final of the show behind dance troupe Diversity.
    • Boyle still lives in the family home, a four-bedroom council house, with her 10-year-old cat, Pebbles.[13] Her father died in the 1990s, and her siblings had left home. Boyle never married, and she dedicated herself to care for her ageing mother until she died in 2007 at the age of 91. Boyle has a reputation for modesty and propriety, admitting during her first appearance on Britain’s Got Talent that she had “never been married, never been kissed”.[16] A neighbour reported that when Bridget Boyle died, her daughter “wouldn’t come out for three or four days or answer the door or phone.”[16]

      Boyle is Catholic, who sang in her church choir, at her church in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland. [35]. Boyle remains active as a volunteer at her church, visiting elderly members of the congregation in their homes.[18]

      On a 2010 episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show, Boyle summarized that her daily life was “mundane” and “routine” prior to stardom.

    • She was one of 40 acts that were put through to the semi-finals.[43] She appeared last on the first semi-final on 24 May 2009, performing “Memory” from the musical Cats.[44] In the public vote she was the act to receive the highest number of votes and go through to the final.[45][46] She was the clear favourite to win the final,[47] but ended up in second place to Diversity; the UK TV audience was a record of 17.3 million viewers.[48]
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