Susan Boyle, who has over 34 million fans on YouTube, spoke to and sang for Oprah Winfrey last night. At the conclusion of the interview, she sang Summertime, from the Gershwin & Hammerstein production of Porgy and Bess.
Oprah Winfrey appeared overwhelmed by the 47-year-old sensation's beautiful and emotional a cappella rendition, though some commentators wondered aloud if she were pandering to the black talk show host with her selection, and also whether a piece set in the slave-era was appropriate for the modern US, where Oprah, a big black woman, is one of the wealthiest big women in the country, and where Barack Obama, a half-black man, is the president.
Boyle has won international stardom and world-wide affection for her earlier stunning performance of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Less Miserable and her cover of the Beatles song Yellow Submarine for a charity CD to benefit a foundation for retired football hooligans. An additional childhood version of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, recorded on reel-to-reel when Boyle was 12, has been discovered and is scheduled to go viral early next week.
Oprah revealed on the show that, like Boyle, she always felt shy and awkward, and self-conscious about her weight, until loads and loads of cash allowed her to stop hiding her light under a barrel and feel self-confident.