Crooner Michael Buble admits that he was “cynical” about Susan Boyle. At first, he couldn’t understand the hype surrounding the middle-aged Scottish spinster. Yet Michael Buble’s cynicism had less to do with Susan Boyle’s talent and more to do with the fact that he hadn’t seen her initial audition.
As reported by STV and Daily Express, Michael Buble explains, “I was cynical and critical because I had never seen her in that first show where she comes up and says, ‘I want to be a singer’ and the audience looks at her and says, ‘Oh please!’ I got goosebumps.”
Of course, after seeing the tape, Michael Buble is now a fan. He loves seeing underdog Susan Boyle succeed. He describes her as a “lovely” singer and has expressed interest in working with her in the future.
Michael Buble appeared on X-Factor this weekend to mentor the contestants. According to MTV, Michael Buble’s current album is reigning at the top of the Billboard 200 for the second week in a row.
Michael Buble Initially Cynical About Susan Boyle: The Pendulum Effect
In a way, I could understand Michael Buble’s initial skepticism about Susan Boyle. Susan Boyle has a beautiful voice and would do well on Broadway or West End. However, given the hype she received over her initial audition, it’s only natural to wonder if Susan Boyle’s talent is truly worthy of her overwhelming YouTube fame. There are many talented aspiring singers out there who don’t receive the recognition they deserve.
The media loves to build people up only to tear them down. From her initial audition to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, it was never really about Susan Boyle’s voice, but rather it was about her image and her journey. The world fell in love with Susan Boyle not only because of her singing, but also because of the contrast between her appearance and her voice.
Yet the clock struck midnight for the Scottish Cinderella when she suffered media backlash for being “overhyped” and “overrated.” This backlash contributed to her second-place finish on Britain’s Got Talent behind dance troupe Diversity.
In a way, the Cult of Susan Boyle is reminiscent to the Cult of Obama. At first, the hype wasn’t so much about Susan Boyle herself, but rather the idea that she “made people feel good.” People liked seeing the outsider and the Everywoman succeed. Of course, unlike Obama, Susan Boyle actually had substance behind the “Yes We Can” feel-good mania. She has proven that she can actually sing.
It’s often said that the pendulum has to swing both ways before finding a middle ground. Having gone through periods of both overhype and backlash, new fans such as Michael Buble will be able to look at Susan Boyle more realistically. Fans will hopefully be able to appreciate Susan Boyle the Singer, not just Susan Boyle the Backstory.
Michael Buble – I didn’t understand SuBo hype, STV
‘New Moon’ Soundtrack Fails To Knock Michael Buble From #1, MTV