So according to the nation's pop culture critics, America finally got... no, damnit...America HAS its own Susan Boyle with Andrew De Leon, the Marilyn Manson-liking, eye-liner wearing 19 year old who has allegedly never sung in front of people before and then 'surprises' the crowd with his opera singing.
So, for the first time, we finally have an American Susan Boyle. Well. not exactly.
The facts are these:
1. Susan Boyle first appeared as a contestant on Britain's Got Talent on 11 April 2009.
2. KEVIN SKINNER IS AMERICA'S SUSAN BOYLE, New York Post, 2 July 2009
CHICKEN-catcher Kevin Skinner -- who is being called the American Susan Boyle after a stunning debut this week on "America's Got Talent" -- had never sang outside a friend's basement before he took the country by storm Tuesday night.
3. People Magazine TV Watch, 16 July 2009
It's an America's Got Talent adage: frumpy often means "diamond in the rough." And Wednesday's episode proved it to be true when homely radiology tech named Kari Callin from Seattle pulled the classic Susan Boyle move.
4. Has America's Got Talent found its Susan Boyle?, Daily Mail Online, 12 August 2010
When a ten-year-old walked out in her pretty pink dress, her blonde hair neatly bobbed, it was hard to imagine she'd have any talent worth watching. But America's Got talent may have just found its Susan Boyle.
5. 'America's Got Talent' Found Its Susan Boyle in Texas, AceShowbiz.com, June 30, 2011
America may have just found its Susan Boyle. In the Houston, Texas audition of Got an awkward housewife named Cindy Chang decided to make her dream as a singer come true. At the end of the day, her pipes made judge Piers Morgan stand up and people chant her name.
America HAS talent, SHOULD stop judging a book by its cover, and IS suffering from a lack of imagination by some of those who cover pop culture.
* Goth Opera is the title of the first novel published by Virgin Publishing in their Missing Adventures range of Doctor Who novels. It's a sequel to the TV episode "State of Decay" and a sequel to the New Adventure book Blood Harvest; the title include "Goth" because vampires and contains "Opera" because... it was the 90s.
(For some reason, the phrase "goth opera" kept jumping out to me when I read an article about this guy; this is why.)