Great Scot

Since burst­ing on to the world stage in 2009, cour­tesy of a stun­ning ver­sion of I Dreamed A Dream on the re­al­ity TV show Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent, Su­san Boyle has be­come a mu­si­cal phe­nom­e­non. The sud­den fame and the me­dia glare took their toll on the singer,

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Q: How have you found Aus­tralia? A: I love Aus­tralia, par­tic­u­larly the friend­li­ness of the peo­ple and the cli­mate. It’s bet­ter than Scot­land’s. I knew it was go­ing to be rea­son­ably warm and I had a lot of feed­back as to what it would be like be­cause I have re­la­tions in Syd­ney. A: I think once you are a per­former on such a big show as the X Fac­tor, you tend to just get on with what you are do­ing. When you see all the con­tes­tants sit­ting in their line you say to your­self ‘ I used to be a con­tes­tant – I know how they feel’. You have to have a go at it. You can get a lot of fun from it and peo­ple love to be on these pro­grams. Q: That was a fan­tas­tic per­for­mance on the [ Aus­tralian se­ries of] X Fac­tor. What was it like be­ing on the other side of the fence as a per­former rather than a con­tes­tant? Q: Do you think you could be a judge one day? A: I am not ex­pe­ri­enced enough but who knows? Ask me in an­other five years. I am still quite a novice. Q: Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent was clearly a life- chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for you. Can you re­mem­ber back to the per­son you were be­fore that show? A: It seems a life­time away. It’s too much to go into here re­ally but it seems such a long time ago that I for­get what my life was like any­way. I am a new per­son on the sur­face but I am still the same per­son un­der­neath. Q: There was a while there when you weren’t cop­ing at all with the sud­den­ness of the spot­light of fame. Have you learnt to em­brace it and even en­joy it now? A: I have had a lot more ex­pe­ri­ence now and I am a lot more re­laxed about it now. In fact, I can have a bit of fun with the pa­parazzi now. Q: How did you choose the songs for the new al­bum? A: That makes it sound like it was a sin­gle ef­fort and it was not a sin­gle ef­fort. Si­mon [ Cow­ell] and a few oth­ers sit down and say ‘ that would typ­ify Su­san’ or ‘ that wouldn’t typ­ify Su­san’. It’s more how you feel a song. It’s a re­flec­tive al­bum so it has a re­flec­tive mood and the songs are mostly about life – maybe au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal in some ways – but in other ways they are just nice songs. We tried to ap­peal to a wide age group by get­ting away from just the bal­lad- type songs and in­clud­ing some more poppy songs like Depeche Mode’s En­joy The Si­lence. Q: Which of the songs on the al­bum are the most au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal for you? A: It’s hard to sin­gle one out but a re­ally pow­er­ful one that re­ally comes to the fore­front is prob­a­bly the most un­likely, This Will Be the Year. Us Scots are big on New Year and hav­ing New Year res­o­lu­tions, so it is an op­ti­mistic song. Look­ing to­wards the fu­ture makes you want to do bet­ter and drives you on. Q: What are the chances of us see­ing a con­cert tour from you some time soon? A: I can’t re­ally an­swer that at the mo­ment, but watch this space.

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