What do Lettice Rowbotham, Emily West, Jackie Evancho and Susan Boyle have in common? All came SECOND on “…Got Talent” – against firsts who are FORGOTTEN today.
Lettice is a ditzy, jolly-hockey-sticks – probably savant – goddess, whose talents on the violin are staggering. And she did not even REVEAL she could sing as well, until the final.
Emily West looks like she stepped out of the Fifties – but is a diva who will rip your heart out if you let her.
Meanwhile, the main request then-ten-year-old Jackie Evancho received was to give impromptu bursts of song, so people could see she was not MIMING – the depth and power of her voice being seemingly impossible for one so young.
Her career thus far is staggering – and she is still only fifteen.
Finally comes Susan Boyle. Looking like a frumpy housewife, she blew the audience away, giving a mammoth reading of “I Dreamed…” from The Glums. Today, she is worth over twenty MILLION quid.
Diversity – the dance troupe who beat her – went on to switch the Christmas lights on, in Norwich.