How much of your reaction to Susan Boyle’s original performance on Britain’s Got Talent (64 million views and counting) was dictated by her appearance? Did the fact she’s not particularly good-looking, a little over-weight and single increase your surprise?
And now she’s lost. Why did the British public turn against her when she was the hottest favourite to win? Why are so many bloggers being rude about the person they call SuBo?
Might it have been because it became increasingly uncomfortable watching a woman with learning difficulties? Did her occasionally odd behaviour begin to annoy us?
And did we start resenting her for failing to embrace the experience our attention was giving her? Did we not like that she didn’t like every part of it? Did we get annoyed with her for not following our script?
Whatever it was something happened, because in days she went from being feted around the world, to be being boo-ed on air and be slagged off online.
And now she’s been taken by ambulance to The Priory Clinic in London to be treated for exhaustion.
Who’s fault is that? All of us who watched her? The TV show producers? Or Susan Boyle’s for entering a show and taking on everything that came with that?
I sometimes wish we had far more than an hour…