When NBC launches “America’s Got Talent: The Champions” next month, there’ll be some familiar faces in the lineup. But one we’re especially looking forward to seeing, and hearing, is Susan Boyle!
We all remember her, right? Well, for anyone who needs a reminder, she was the one who shocked the entire world with her performance on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2009, belting out the most memorable rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” that anyone had ever heard. When Simon Cowell asked how old she was, the sassy diva replied, “I’m 47,” and who can forget Simon and David’s reaction when she added, with a little hip swivel, “And that’s just one side of me.”
And we all know what happened after that: She was runner-up that season, and not surprisingly, her schedule filled up rather quickly with a whole slew of interviews and auditions around the world. One of those came during the annual and time-honored tree-lighting ceremony at New York City’s iconic Rockefeller Plaza in 2010.
Once again, she blew everyone’s socks off with her version of a Christmas classic, “Away In A Manger,” accompanied by the Hudson River Children’s Choir. In fact, the choir starts things off for the better part of a minute, the boys’ and girl’s angelic voices joining together for the first two stanzas:
Away in a manger
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Lay down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky
Look down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay.
Then the camera pans out to a wide-angle view, showing Susan standing at center stage, and her voice, crisp as a snowflake, rises into the night air:
The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes.
“Susan Boyle, you have a voice like an Angel, your beauty inside clearly shows on the outside,” one YouTuber commented.
“Away In A Manger” was included in her second album, “The Gift,” which was released just weeks before this live performance. We’re sure you’re as excited as we are to see her return to reality competition next month, 10 years after her debut!
So mark your calendars, and in the meantime, enjoy this Christmas gem as only Susan Boyle could sing it. Share to wish her luck in her return to reality competition.
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