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.