Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Here we go again

Last year I blogged about dark horses, not judging books by the cover and little engines that could. In case you weren't reading us then, you can read about it here. The subject was Susan Boyle, the overnight YouTube sensation who stunned the Britain's Got Talent judges with her voice. She didn't win the competition, but she has a hit CD as a result and now everybody knows who Susan Boyle is.

Her fame didn't come without a price though. She had some unpleasant run-ins with the media and suffered some personal challenges related to the stress, which makes me wonder if it's probably not a good idea that so many of us don't sell the first book we write and send to a publisher. Paying your dues and working your way up seem to have perks. When success finally arrives, you're much more equipped to handle it.

Britain's Got Talent is back in gear and there's a new name to be looking for: Janey Cutler.

The BGT judges thought Susan was old, but eighty-year-old Janey could be Susan Boyle's mother. She, too, hails from Scotland. When asked why she was auditioning, she replied, "Well, I like singing, so my friend says go for it!"

And go for it she did, with a strong rendition of Edith Piaf's "No Regrets."

In case you haven't seen Janey in action, check her out. I can't embed the video because embedding has been disabled. But you can click here and see her.

Don't you just love a good dark horse? And if she makes it to the final round, don't you hope she learned a few lessons from Susan Boyle? If writing success ever comes my way, I will be the first to thank the Playfriends and all my RWA friends for the advice they've given me.


susanwilson44 said...

The second potential superstar from Scotland and don't you just love her? She featured on Reporting Scotland last night where it was reported that she'd had lots of offers to go to America and be interviewed - her response? She didn't want to leave her dog. Love it!
Who says all us Scots are crazy?

Playground Monitor said...


Angel said...

There must be something in the water over there. :) So totally cool, and I personally love the implication that people get better with age. So much of the entertainment industry is about young and new. But as romance writers (most of whom don't publish until after 35), we know that age has nothing to do with talent!


Problem Child said...

I think it's great that at 80 she was willing to give something new a go!

I hope I'm that spunky at 80!

Anonymous said...

Isn't nice to have friends who support and encourage you no matter how old you get.

Stephanie said...

I agree that it is great that she was willing to start this adventure in her 80's and even better that she has good friends to urge her on.

I it is nice to think that good friendships are like fine wine and improve with age.