Odd Duck Boyle Is Talk of Her Tiny Town

Small world rocked by YouTube popularity
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 20, 2009 7:57 AM CDT
Susan Boyle poses singing with a hairbrush at her home in Blackburn, Scotland, Thursday, April 16, 2009.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Everyone knows Susan Boyle in her Scottish village—she’s the odd loner who does killer karaoke at the local pub. Now, she’s the topic on everyone’s lips in the community of 5,000 where she’s lived in the same house all her life. And though the town has been subject to a media storm since Boyle became a YouTube hit, “Susan will be Susan. She’ll never change,” her brother told the Washington Post.

Maybe she won’t, but her life has: It’s been days since she’s been to the pub. Nor, to the media’s disappointment, did she appear at church on Sunday, just a quick walk from her house, like everything else in her world. Why is she such a hit? “We're all tired of 23-year-old models trying to sing on TV. Susan is a 47-year-old spinster who, by God, can sing,” said a local Bingo caller.