(Domic Cavendish’s article appeared in the Telegraph, 3/28.)

Do you remember the moment Susan Boyle went from being a nobody to an absolute sensation? Do you remember that Saturday night, nearly three years ago, when we saw her walk out in front of the judges on Britain’s Got Talent, stumble over the word “villages”, suffer ironic wolf-whistles, jiggle her hips to the hilarity of Ant and Dec, and declare that she wanted to be a professional singer, as successful — who could believe it? — as Elaine Paige.


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