With a click of the mouse you too can give your opinion about which of the favorites on the Britain's Got Talent television show will go on to the finals: Susan Boyle or Shaheen Jafargholi.
Susan Boyle is an unassuming middle-aged woman, apparently of good heart though hidden beneath a homely exterior. Her frizzy mop of hair and double chin hide the voice of a Broadway star in the making. She tends to choose show tunes that highlight her range and power.
Her fans have so far had the opportunity to hear her sing: I Dreamed a Dream, on BGT; You Will Stay in My Heart Forever, on Larry King Live; and Summertime, on the Oprah Winfrey show; as well as earlier recordings of Cry Me a River, Yellow Submarine, and Row Row Row your Boat.
Susan has selected Paul Potts' lucky song Nessun Dorma for her next performance, a controversial move that has set her at odds with her erstwhile mentor.
Susan's rival, Shaheen, wowed the audience on Saturday by singing Iranian folk songs in Farsi, Urdu and English while balancing five twirling plates and standing on stilts. The audience roared with applause when at the end of the performance he produced an apple and took several bites out of it while continuing his act without pause.
For a boy of his age, three plates is considered excellent and four is extremely rare. Shaheen is said to be working on incorporating a chainsaw into his act.
Shaheen's story of being sold to circus by his parents at an early age, only to be reclaimed at the age of eight is almost as moving as Susan's never having been kissed-except that Shaheen is very cute, which tends to lower the sympathy level considerably.
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