It had to happen really. Little Britain’s Matt Lucas has become the latest star to capitalise on the massive interest in Britain’s Got Talent’s Susan Boyle, by impersonating her for Heat magazine. I turned the page of The Mirror, caught the picture and laughed my a**e off. Funniest thing he’s done for ages if you ask me…
However I’m convinced that years from now, we’ll look back on the entire Susan Boyle phenomenon and ask ourselves, how did that happen?
It’s not the first time people have happily clambered on the wave of a phenomenon and ridden it for all its worth. I’ve been there: I wore tight zip-leg stonewashed jeans in the 80s; I thought about nicking a VW badge off a car; I bought my sister a Cabbage Patch Doll; I answered my phone with ‘waaasssssssup!’ in the early noughties. But this Susan Boyle thing has totally passed me by. I’m watching it all with both amazement and bemusement.
Her Britain’s Got Talent audition (I Dreamed A Dream from the musical Les Misèrables) is now one of YouTube’s most popular videos ever. She has been featured on American news networks (no mean feat as our cousins over the sea rarely report on anything or anyone that doesn’t directly affect them, aside from conflicts in the Middle East); US talkshow host Jay Leno has paid tribute to her by donning a wig and performing on his show; her celebrity fans include Demi Moore, her husband Ashton Kutcher and Jon Bon Jovi; she’s been on Larry King Live and Oprah and an American fan has even made a Susan Boyle doll for sale… I kid you not.
Robbie Williams tried to crack America for years with no luck. But a 48-year-old virgin goes on a British talent show and easily trumps him. She is a bona fide global phenomenon. For now. Then again, so were A Flock of Seagulls and l never remember that I’ve forgotten them until E-Friends repeats the flashback episode with Chandler sporting a Flock of Seagulls haircut (The One With All The Thanksgivings).
What next for Susan Boyle? Maybe she’ll do us all a favour and stand for Parliament.
Today I am mostly lovin’ – Question Time. No less than 3.8 million viewers tuned in between 10.40pm and 11.40pm last Thursday to watch the audience vent their anger over the issue of expenses and our greedy, grasping, grubby MPs. It was splendid viewing – loved watching Labour’s Margaret Beckett, Tory Theresa May and the Lib Dems’ Sir Menzies Cambell squirm. Give ’em hell if you’re in the audience this Thursday. As Citizen Smith memorably proclaimed: "Power to the people!"
Today I am mostly hatin’ – Those Vodaphone ‘If I Ruled The World’ adverts are doing my head in.
MSN Editor Coops
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