Susan Boyle Makeover
As some competition emerges, has Boyle–as her brother believes–become “too big” for Britain’s Got Talent?”
Will Susan Boyle’s bargain-basement makeover hurt her chances on Britain’s Got Talent? All she did was have her eyebrows tweezed and her salt-and-pepper hair cut and colored. She also posed for photos in some more contemporary duds, including a leather jacket and a Burberry scarf. Most fans liked Susan’s updated appearance but don’t want her to go any further. And even these small improvements may turn out to be a big problem.
The British tabloid The Sun reports that the show’s honchos were frantic about her new look. “People have fallen in love with the real Susan. We don’t want to change what they fell in love with. ” Execs also fear the loss of contrast between Boyle’s unkempt appearance and diva-like voice.
And in The New York Times, Tom Bergeron, the host of Dancing with the Stars, warns Susan that the million of fans who are now so fond of her can turn on her as well. He writes, “Ms. Boyle’s experience seems to suggest that people are willing to overcome their prejudices and see the world anew. But those same people can turn back into snarky snobs just as easily.”
Susan now also has a couple of popular competitors on Britain’s Got Talent. Last week a twelve-year-old from Wales named Shaheen Jafargholi, singing the Michael Jackson classic, “Who’s Loving You,” became a strong contender. And this week, a ten-year-old girl named Hollie Steel wowed the judges with her rendition of “I Could Have Danced All Night.”
Some believe Susan should not even continue to compete on the show. Her brother Gerard last night said she is now “too big” and should leave the show to concentrate on putting out a record straight away.
Susan’s family and Britain’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell are also allegedly feuding over how her amazing success should be managed. On Friday, Cowell, sounding as if he had reached a Boyle-ing point, criticized Susan for changing her appearance, saying: “Get yourself together, sweetheart, for the big one–the semifinal. Shut the door, choose the right song and come back as who you are, not who you want to be.”
But her family, led by businessman Gerard, want her to get a record out immediately to capitalize on her instant fame and forget about the TV show. Gerard, 54, said: “There is a public appetite for a single but no product for people to buy. And he warned: “When I last spoke to her, she sounded exhausted. I said, ‘How are you?’ and she said, ‘Oh, Gerard, I’ve been here there and everywhere.’ I said to her, ‘Get off the phone and get to bed. You need to rest’.
Susan, deeply religious, is also concerned that she can’t attend daily Mass. She also is bothered that the media is now always camped outside her home. Gerard Boyle says, “The pressure would be so much less if there was a management team in place to look after her. Is there a management deal or not? I imagined Cowell would move forward on this. The problem is she’s got too big for the show–we’ve got a star on our hands now.”