The Daily Mail has some incredibly bitchy, rude comments that Susan Boyle’s idol, Elaine Paige, made about Susan’s rise to success and talent.Susan of course mentioned Elaine Page, known as the queen of musical theater in the UK, as the singer she emulated during her audition on Britain’s Got Talent. She made an surprise appearance on the Today Show last July to congratulate Boyle and even performed a duet with her for the British TV special “I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story.” The claws are out now, though, and Paige is incredibly dismissive of Boyle, her singing ability, and her massive rise to fame.
This is a simple lady who doesn’t deserve to be trashed for her success.
I understand that Boyle can sometimes be grumpy and a pain to deal with – she’s having some trouble coping with the pressure and demands of fame – but she has a beautiful singing voice and real talent.
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‘Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor just take a bunch of people from real life who think they can sing and try and turn them into overnight “stars” with a couple of songs. It’s not entertainment.’can really warp and twist people’s words, so that’s entirely possible. (Incidentally, her website launches her version of “I Dreamed a Dream.”) “I was dismayed to read the remarks attributed to me today in the Daily Mail which were incomplete and misinterpreted.
It doesn’t sound like she’s denying saying this at all, just that she’s saying it wasn’t as harsh as it seems. I am a huge supporter of Susan Boyle and admire what she has achieved; she has handled the extraordinary situation of being catapulted to worldwide stardom with tremendous strength, charm and dignity and I thoroughly enjoyed working with her on the ITV special we recorded together only last month.
She took Broadway by storm as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.
She was Grizabella in Cats, making the power ballad Memory her own signature song. It’s very personal,” she replies, suddenly coy.“But when I sang for Dustin, he told me that I should be like Edith Piaf and sing in the street for pennies if I had to but I must not give up.
‘She is a girl with no experience of anything to do with theatrics, the music business, or art in any way. Asked if she thought her success would last, Miss Paige replied: ‘That’s a good question. Longevity is gained through knowledge, experience and effort so it will remain to be seen.