British idol Susan Boyle emerges from 'Britain's Got Talent,' YouTube

Susanboyle Susan Boyle seemed an unlikely candidate on "Britain's Got Talent," but her bravura performance on the reality competition show captured the hearts and imagination of viewers who watched her locally and on YouTube.

In fact, the clip still makes people cry.

Why?

Well, if you're one of few who haven't checked out the "Britain's Got Talent" moment yet, do so now.

Boyle is frumpy, never-been-kissed and unemployed. The goofy music played over her introduction reflects how the judges, hosts, studio audience and even viewers like us  don't take her seriously. We expect a ridiculous rendition of a song that's far below her grandiose, delusional perception of her talents.

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But boy, are we wrong. As soon as she begins "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables, everyone is shocked. You can see, hear and feel the ripple of surprise and delight in the audience. Hell, even sourpuss Simon Cowell makes a goofy joke and cracks a smile.

It's moving. In a sense, she has nothing -- except the aforementioned dream. And dammit, that dream might just become a reality.

Your thoughts? Were you touched as well?

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