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Susan's Britain's Got Talent audition has been viewed on YouTube 100 million times and looks set to smash the current record set by Judson Laipply. In comparison President Barack Obama's acceptance speech received 18 million hits
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West End star Elaine - who in her audition Susan identified as the music star she would most like to be - paid tribute to the Scottish church volunteer in her Sunday radio show, describing her as "a role model for everyone who had a dream"
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Susan gets more YouTube hits than Mr Obama's acceptance speech

21 APRIL 2009
It's not often that overnight a performer captures the hearts of not just the nation but the entire globe. But that's exactly what conservatively dressed, middle-aged Susan Boyle has done.

Less than two weeks after her Britain's Got Talent audition was uploaded to YouTube, it has been viewed over a 100 million times - which makes the 18 million hits received by President Barack Obama's acceptance speech pall to insignificance in comparison.

The extraordinary-voiced Scot, whose rendition of I Dreamed A Dream earned her A-list celebrity followers, including Demi Moore and husband Ashton Kutcher, looks set to storm into the record books by passing the 120 million mark in a matter of days.

The current record is held by a montage of popular dances by comedian Judson Laipply, which has received 118 million views since it was uploaded in April 2006.

At her audition the 47-year-old church volunteer had pointed to West End star Elaine Paige as her idol. It was a tribute which did not go unnoticed. Speaking on her BBC radio show Elaine described the singer as "a role model for everyone who had a dream".

"Ever since Susan's appearance on Britain's Got Talent my in-box has been flooded with e-mails," the 61-year-old mezzo-soprano told her Sunday afternoon listeners. "Perhaps we should record a duet?"

"I will continue to watch and I hope you make it to the final," Elaine added to Susan.


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