A dream come true: A look at singing sensation Susan Boyle's rise to the top

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A dream come true: A look at singing sensation Susan Boyle's rise to the top

It was a moment that went down in TV history. An unmarried church volunteer from West Lothian strode out onto the Britain's Got Talent stage in April 2009 and declared she wanted to be a singer like Elaine Paige. 

She was met with sniggers and bored looks from the audience. But once Susan Boyle began to sing, life would never be the same again.

The video clip racked up tens of millions of hits around the world and caught the attention of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher, who passed it on to their millions of Twitter followers. It was only the beginning of Susan's meteoric rise to fame.

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