I have to admit, I’m a fan of Susan Boyle.
Well, maybe not “fan”, exactly – but I have a deep admiration for her.
Okay, I’m a fan.
On April 17, 2009 my pal Joe emailed me a link to view, and he enthused:
“I love this woman!
Listen to this!”
And I watched the video of Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent for the first time. And sobbed. And cheered.
I cheered for the 47-year old, dowdy Scottish woman, with the bad dress and the stomping feet, opened her mouth and sang like an angel before the eyes of the world.
And, I’ve been a fan ever since.
You should be able to watch it here. I just did, and I cried again. I’m SUCH a softy!
I’ve rooted for her to be able to overcome the unimaginable burden of her universe turning upside-down overnight. To overcome the strain of overnight celebrity. She had some ups and downs, but now that her third CD is about to be released, it seems like she’s showing the world how she has learned how to handle these challenges with grace.
Of course, she still sings like an angel.
She was on The Today Show yesterday. I hoped that she would be performing outdoors, so I went over early in the morn to try to get a photo for Hubby’s Mom.
She’s a fan, too.
It was a chilly morning, and perhaps for that reason (?), there was no stage set up out on the plaza. I could peer in the ground-floor window of Studio 1A, through a yellowish film (dang!) and there was Ms. Boyle. I took a few pictures (thank you, long lens!) – but that yellowish film on the studio windows (and the crowd inside the studio) kept me from getting a great shot (dang!).
She sang Joni Mitchell’s lovely song “Both Sides, Now”.
I’ve looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all
A little while later, the Today gang came out on the plaza, and despite the pushing crowd, I managed to get a snapshot or two, again thanks to my long lens:
But a couple of pictures that I took through the window after the gang went back into the studio are my favorites.
Ann Curry (is she giving me the Evil Eye??):
and Al Roker:
Call me goofy – I had fun! It’s interesting to me to see the studio (Small! Four or five sets in one small space), and I talked to Lenny.
BUT – this is VERY intriguing to me – my camera timed the photos that I shot of the songstress at 8:56 – 9:00. But, I Tivoed the show, and when watching it back, the time stamp on the scroll says 8:36 – 8:40 while she’s singing.
How could she have aired 20 minutes BEFORE I saw her live?
Hubby will attest that I am a stickler for correct time. My camera is MAYBE 30 seconds off.
Okay – after some investigative research with the recording of Today’s show, I have come to the conclusion that they aired a rehearsal song, and NOT what I saw live!!
I want my money back!
(Just joking about that; you can go peer into the windows of the Today studio for FREE.)
However, I am certain of my conclusion.
There was a interview that I watched being conducted BEFORE Susan sang – but on the Tivoed recording, that segment aired AFTER Susan’s performance.
And, when I saw Susan sing live, I didn’t think that I recognized the song. But, the speakers outside are rather poor, and I was so busy trying to take pictures, I wasn’t really focused on the song itself.
When I watched the show back at home, I told myself that I was just a little confused.
But – when I noticed the time difference – it all clicked.
We’ve been duped! Even by “live” TV.
I wonder if I’ll get a Pulitzer for this investigative reporting?
Well, I DID see Susan Boyle – I think… the pictures prove it.
P.S. (posted later) Please read the comments – a couple of intrepid fans have posted the answer to the mystery!
P.S.S. If you want to view The Today Show while you’re in NYC, follow these directions – it’s easy and FREE!
“The Today Show’s studio is on ground-floor level at the corner of 49th and Rockefeller Center overlooking Rockefeller plaza. Just outside the studio each weekday many eager tourists wave signs and hope to get on television and show the world and their friends they have made it to NYC.
If you want to join them, you’ll need to get there early! People have been known to line up as early as 5:00am. Just head up to Rockefeller Plaza between 49th and 50th Streets (between 6th & 5th Streets) and park yourself outside the studio.”