Little Britain Star’s Got Talent

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.

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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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79 Responses to Little Britain Star’s Got Talent

  1. Fluffy says:

    \’Whassup\’ in the early 90\’s? Surely you mean early 00\’s?

  2. Coops - says:

    Fluffy – thanks for the message. D\’oh! Serves me right for not subbing. The irony is that I featured \’wasssssssup\’, correct decade to boot, in a piece I did about Classic Ad Slogans.

  3. james says:

    Dear Matt Lucas – shame you cannot discern between impersonation and ridicule, the latter for your own benefit. Indeed, you are contravening a civil rights issue of not upholding an individual\’s right not to be ridiculed. Imagine same voice, similar "non-glam" looks but someone who is disabled, has Downs etc., etc,..A very cheap comedy platform to take when perhaps you could devote time to parody yourself and others with questionable better lookability than those of whom you frankly prostitute for your own benefit. I suggest that their talent is greater then your shabby concept of what is acceptable in terms how the appearance of others may appear to you, but not necessarily to others. JPL

  4. Russ says:

    James… how far up your own jaxxie have u travelled this millenium.. lots of big words from a \’chip on the shoulder\’ wordsmith

  5. Elinor says:

    That\’s so funny 🙂 I think Shaheen Jafargholi should win Britain\’s Got Talent !

  6. Gordon says:

    I think it\’s a tad sad that Matt Lucas has to parody an easy target such as Susan Boyle…are there not bigger fish to fry? Corrupt politicians,or media stars who are so self-obsessed that great mileage could be made of their lack of empathy with the real world? Or is that a little too close to home,sweetie?

  7. Jamie says:

    Strange that someone would probably get sued for impersonating him – using his catch phrases – without permission. But we\’re all fair game – quite a compliment for the gentle Catholic lady. Americans love the underdog story – and self-depricating English characters like David Niven & Hugh Grant – have you seen him on Top Gear on YouTube – very funny chap. The Us doesn\’t get the arrogant act of Robbie – I think the cocky style is unlikeable to most folk. There\’s hope for the world with Susan Boyle – but I wouldn\’t wish parliament on her – the squeaky clean get mocked – look at Ann Widdicomb – there\’s no winning in that shooting gallery. I do like the Greek act though. Someone swiped my VW badge – it was a large camper van one – who\’d wear that I don\’t know – a very large person – and I always admired those girls in the stonewashed jeans – haircuts were good then too – see you at the Eighties night.

  8. emma says:

    its not the nicest thing to do, but however its extremally funny!!!

  9. Emmziee Lovess says:

    So werid

  10. sam says:

    Did someone realy just use wikipedia as a reference. Im fairly certain budwizer didnt invent saying whats up down the phone,even if wikipedia did have a reputation for being accurate, saying that budwizer used whats up in 1999 is irrelevant.

  11. anne says:


  12. wendy says:

    you cant take away the fact she can sing and she is great by omg what a face lol

  13. steven says:

    e and my wife enjoyed watching susan boyle sing shes just a normal lady with a super voice and we are both pleased good luck to everyone on the show they are winners britain has got talent

  14. Chloe says:


  15. Jennie says:

    Susan Boyle was great the first show – the second she was really full of herself – Diversity to win!

  16. Andrew says:

    i think that my mum liked her because she sang but i always missed it accidently lol i was on ma xbox 360 but i vote her to win cause of wat ive seen

  17. Patrice says:

    I think she has a great voice, even though she seems to be oblivious to the reactions.I heard tonight Lilly Allen criticising her saying that she has no talent.I wonder what Makes L. Allen think she\’s qualified to judge who\’s got talent.Because on the same token, I don\’t think miss Allen is very talentuous. She\’s selling albums, but that is a complete different story.And I am sure that Susan Boyle would not slag her off.Talent …

  18. Emma says:

    Susan Boyle is amazing so i dont think anyone should be critising her if they r they r jealous

  19. CORI says:

    Susan Boyle reached the heights she has because she is unassuming, and that is how she has lived her life, a quiet person, a church warden, with the voice of an angel. Why not let Susan enjoy her moment in the sun. There are so many jealous people in the world.; Take Lily Allen (please!!!!), that trollop had to get her twopence in. Leave Susan Boyle alone to have the time of her life amd shine like the star she doesn\’t know she is! Best of luck on Saturday, Susan/ Love Corinne xxx

  20. Z says:

    Please. Everyone… The only reason Susan Boyle is as popular as she is is because you expected her to be rubbish because, hate to say it, but she wasn\’t very nice to look at and she was a bit simple, then she comes out and it turns out that she has a HALF DECENT voice. She\’s no Mariah people, seriously, she can\’t sing that well at all. It\’s just better than you would expect an unattractive old women with no social skils to sing. All these Susan Boyle fans are victims of clever ITV Producers who make you think what they want you to. Please people, step away from the TV\’s and really think about this!!!!

  21. Sarah says:

    I like susan but feel that everyone thinks there is only her in this competition, take a look at the people that are through so far and they are all there for a reson because of a talent, i personally dont want her to win and i find it hard to choose cause i like two acts diversity and flawless so would be more than happy to see either of them win. I do however feel even though he is not through yet the young lad that dances like George Sampson could be the dark horse to this competition if he go\’s through which i think he will, i try not to listen too much to the bookies bettings cause lets face it the bookies were favourite for Gareth Gates to win and Will Young won so personally anything could happen on that final night.

  22. ian says:

    Sarah I can only imagine the glee on the face Simon Cowells and Fullers wallet when people like you take these repackaged 70"s talent shows so seriously.

  23. Katrina says:

    Yeah I agree, personally I don\’t mind if Susan Boyle wins or not, but I think the reason she appeals to people is because she has a good sense of humour! No matter what anyone says that "Piersy Baby" thing she did was hillarious!

  24. Sarah says:

    Personally i dont care what any of you think of me thats my opinion and i\’m entitled to it like anyone else, difference between us ie. no name is that i came on and left my own comment without having a dig at anyone elses comment.And just for the record i dont bet and i dont take it seriously it\’s just a dam program at the end of the day and when it\’s all over all you people will find something else to rant on about. Like i said my opinion and it really should\’nt matter to you anyways.

  25. Vladdy Babes says:

    Whassuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup? ;]

  26. bert says:

    sarah mcnaught you clearly DO care otherwise you wouldnt have posted that second comment now would you?!

  27. jack says:

    I live right across the road from the Wembley Hotel she went mad in "Gentle Catholic Lady" you must be joking lol !!!

  28. haris says:

    matt lucas impersonating susan boyle in this magazine is cruel and insensetive. Nobody would like it having themselves made looking ugly and for it to be in a magazine which is reads by hundreds or maybe thousands of people is just wrong. Before people make fun of her and start thinking its hilarious, but yourself in her position and see how it feels. this isnt funny at all, all matt lucas is doing is making himself look stupid

  29. alex says:

    bert = idiot

  30. Anjana says:

    I don\’t understand how some people can be so incredibly SHALLOW.. you don\’t even know Susan Boyle. She seems like a lovely lady, if not slightly eccentric – people just don\’t like her because she\’s different. Her audition for BGT was incredible – no one knew she had that in her. Matt Lucas\’ impersonation of Susan Boyle is incredibly cruel, she has done NOTHING to deserve this. She has a true talent – its just a shame that so many people only care about her outward appearance, and not about her talent.

  31. Claire says:

    Sabreen Anwar – how old you exactly??!! Your childish comments are abusive and cruel, you say that about her and you don\’t even know her. I think the public should just leave her alone and let her get on with it, if she wins then fair play to her but there is a lot of talent on the show this year so it\’s going to be a tough one.

  32. Annie says:

    what matt lucas did was a joke? im sure susan boyle would laugh at it, he didnt victimise her, him being himself would thought he\’d make a joke out of it.

  33. Stephen says:

    Zahina your 100% Right (Y)… if not 1000%. She\’s totally over-rated just cos of the way she looked like someone who thinks they are miles better than they realy are… She\’s got a powerfull voice… But if your any good at knowing if someone can sing or not… You can hear how often she hits the wrong notes… Not so good in reality people im afraid…

  34. sophie says:

    hahaha They do look like each other dont they hahaha i cracked up when i read it lool ..,, 200% right ., good one

  35. David says:

    I love things like this.. people start chipping in as if they\’re some sort of vocal expert. There were plenty of pros who said she had a top quality if not fully trained. So I\’m sure with a bit of time she will be a highly rated singer. It really does bother me that people are taking the mick out of a pleasent if not slightly eccentric lady. I\’m sure it must be very difficult for her to be in the public gaze like this. It does me proud to see the \’great\’ British public sticking the boot in. If she jumps of a bridge from the stress will msn put it under news or entertainment?

  36. Bradley says:

    susan boyle did a great job on stage, not so good with her reactions off stage etc, and even if lily allen says shes crap well lily allen cant say nothin cuz shes worse and uglier

  37. Jasmin says:

    hi everybody

  38. laura says:

    i think that the pics both looks the same and that diversity was wayy better then her and that they diserved to win ! YAY DIVERSITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 =)=

  39. Jesse says:

    i know diveersity r great but how could sb lose when she had 286,000,000,0 (286 million) hits!

  40. zoe says:

    hi peps i believe with laura diversity were great susan was gd but nt gd enough

  41. zoe says:

    i mean i agree with laura LoL

  42. Aaron says:

    Diversity and Flawless

  43. Vyshnavie says:

    Diversity were freaking awsome!!!P.s has anyone watched the new moon trailer. Not enough Jacob!! TEAM JACOB 4EVA

  44. Laura Irving Hayes says:

    lol lol lol lol! picture above at the top lol lol lol! plus YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY diversity!

  45. jean says:

    At least the vodafone ads don\’t appear every ten minutes- britains most unfavourite bed specialist has been doing in my head for months- I almost stopped watching itv 3 because of 3 times per ad break with a wailing singer- they changed their tune back to the old one , then popped up and oldie which goes flat in the middle- I have no idea about the beds but musically they are painfully nobody\’s favourite anything.

  46. Ryan says:

    thank god susan boyle never won. But diversity definately didn\’t deserve to win!! Shaun Smith should of won

  47. CARLO says:


  48. Unknown says:


  49. Sophieeeee' says:

    tbh i think that aiden should of won. he learnt it all by himself with no help what-so-ever

  50. Annie ★ says:

    I think susan boyle is great

  51. Hannah says:

    Nobody deserves to be treated how she was.That picture is not funny…its extremely offensive.The people who don\’t appreciate her are extremely moronic. grow up.

  52. Ellie says:

    I love "E-friends", very good point there – that is basically all E4 has on its schedule. 🙂

  53. aisha says:

    i think susan boyle is crap iam glad diversty won

  54. David says:

    Jez KIDS these days. It\’s a pity parents no longer teach them manners and how to speak about fellow human beings.

  55. Dan says:

    Susan should of taken the first place, but a second place settlement is much better.If coming second did this to, imagine what winning would of done.Has anyone noticed that it is mostly people from Essex or those of \’not much British Nationality\’ that are voting for Diversity.Shame about all the kids these days. No respect. They have no understanding of music.I am glad they teach classical music if you with to progress music as a career.

  56. Jackie says:

    i think susan should make a record to show how good she is

  57. amy says:

    in response to dan.theres nothing wrong with people from seem to be saying that you think diversity\’s performance was crap, so in effect you are saying people from essex are crap.and thats just not true.ALL THE KIDS? no respect? no UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC? what is wrong with you boy?just because susan boyle was beaten, because her songs she sang were not to the taste of the majority vote.i personally don\’t think she would\’ve got that far in the competition if she was pretty.this blog made me laugh. \’specially the matt lucas picture.

  58. linda says:

    I agree with Hannah Nijsten the picture is not funny. I watch Little Britain but seeing Matt Lucas can be that cruel I don\’t think I will bother to watch it again. Susan said she was doing this to make her mum proud, to lose someone that close hurts like hell. She lives on her own now as she said with her cats. I think that Susan is a lot braver than most of us. I also think that the people who are bad mouthing her all the time are gutless and should find thensleves another hobby. Give the woman a break she is getting on with her life. leave her alone and get on with yours.

  59. linda says:

    Zahina it is not fair to call Susan an unattractive old women, when you have not had the guts to put your photo up!!!!

  60. Chris Busta Nut says:

    LMAO dat made me laff lighten up people its about time someone made fun of her

  61. Liz says:

    i agrre with Linda

  62. Gemma says:

    those i rule the world adverts oh my life there annoying lmaopoor susan though

  63. theresa says:

    who bloody cares ………

  64. David says:

    "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?"Let me explain. We\’re going through a recession a lot of people were feeling down and it was quite an uplifting moment. Especially seeing a lot of those judgemental members of the audience having to swallow their earlier pre-conceptions about a woman they saw fit to judge before she got a chance to sing.

  65. David says:

    I love all the wannabe Simon Cowells out there "Oh she\’s crap", Simon likes her, he is in the business so listen to him! Also i would love to hear all you wannabes go on live TV and recieve a standing ovation! Well Done Susan!

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  67. Sharon says:

    Well personally, and lets face it we are entitled to our personal opinion, I had a little snigger. If you put yourself out there into the limelight you have to expect some ribbing. What saddens me the most though is this is a very vulnerable lady who clearly has some mental health problems and no social skills. Some of her facial and body movements are inappropriate such as the thing she does with her tongue and the hip action she often does but she is unaware of this – fame and fortune are not what she needs and as her stint in the Priory just after the BGT fianls clearly shows she is not emotionally capable of handling it.

  68. Sharon says:

    Plus lets face it – she\’s not actually that good – its only because of how she comes across and how she looks that she got anywhere – the singer with the idiot (badly) arranging flowers sang better but because she looks \’normal\’ she didn\’t get anywhere.

  69. Dolapo says:

    dis is so boring and so not funni

  70. debbie says:

    the writer above makes reference to Miss Boyle being a virgin. how offensive & irrelevant that is; the writer could have as easily mentioned that Miss Boyle is a 48 Year old Christian~ & what a good job she is one .It may help her to forgive the common & cheap insults & intrusions into her private life that have been targeted at her. as forthe allegation that she has no social skills, how many of her negative critics have had the ability or bottle to stand on any stage in front of millions of people , possessing naturally positive vocal capabilites & smile in the face of the envy that has often greeted her.Lastly, the majority of mental health patients, from our wide and long term experience possess extraordinary talents & capabilites & it is often the case that it is the persistaent under mining of their self confidence by the ignorant that holds them back from leading fuller & more productive lives. Take the planks out of your own eyes & remember, people in glass houses should not throw stones. your spitefulness towards that Lady says infinitely more about you in a moment that it will ever say about her in a lifetime.

  71. Chloe says:

    is sooooooooooooooooo not funny i agree with dolapo she is ryt on dat 1

  72. Angela says:

    I think some of you should stop having a go at Susan Boyle and get yourselves back to school. I have never seen such bad spelling or English. What on earth is \’dat\’. \’wud\’, \’wit\’ and so on. If half of you could spell as well as she can sing you would be doing alright. You show yourselves up by your lack of literacy yet you think you have the right to criticise a perfectly decent human being who just wants to sing. Leave her alone.

  73. vicky says:

    some people really make me laugh,,,how can you be so nasty to someone that is doing something that they enjoy and as for her being a virgin that has nothing to do with the matter….it takes alot of guts to get up and sing on live t.v so people should appreciate it more instead of bein jelous that they have not done anything with their life….grow up and act like an adult……….vix

  74. David says:

    "Plus lets face it – she\’s not actually that good"Is this in your \’expert\’ opinion?

  75. Lisa says:

    OH MY GOD..those vodafone adverts are THE WORST aren\’t they?!! i hate them too!! grrr!!

  76. andrew says:

    Nice to see a "normal" person represented in the glam world of celebrity.

  77. Unknown says:

    Su BO is not ready for this type of stardom, typified by her leg – show on losing the final. She"s a half wit, mentally deficient, and needs to get a normal life first. Lets all just leave her alone in W. Lothian!

  78. David says:

    Depends what you define by \’normal\’. The word normal is highly subjective, what\’s normal for one isn\’t normal for the other. So I have an idea why don\’t you keep your little \’comments\’ about other peoples intelligence to yourself.

  79. joyce says:

    The new Torchwood is interesting and looks worth following the opener reminded me of The Midwitch Cuckoo tale by John Wyndham Joy

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