In her first performance on CBS's The Early Show, Boyle sang her signature song "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Miserables.
Boyle, 47, said from her home in Blackburn, West Lothian, Scotland, that when she was younger people made fun of her. Now, the reaction is anything but that. "Everyone wishes me very well," she says. As for the international reaction, especially online, Boyle modestly admitted, "It hasn't maybe sunk in yet."
Her entrance to Got Talent triggered snickers and patronizing comments – especially when the dowdy and slightly jumpy Boyle said she wanted to be the next Elaine Paige, a petite blonde British stage musical star – Boyle picked up the microphone and now she is an overnight sensation.
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This wonderful story proves once again that anything's possible.