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,
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.