48-year-old Susan Boyle is funny looking. Hair like a freight wig, pudgy, a little mustache and eyebrows like a neanderthal, but she has a secret no one would ever guess.
When Susan went on Britain's Got Talent, she told producers she'd never had a boyfriend, never been kissed and lived alone with her cat.
She walked on stage and as soon as Simon Cowell saw her, he was ready sweep her off the floor with the fleas and fur left over from the dog act that went before. You could see him already calculating the hurtful comments he'd throw her way soon.
She said she wanted to be a professional singer like Elaine Paige, and the whole audience chuckled. "This poor woman is so deluded", they thought.
And then she sang....
You really have to watch the video below to appreciate this woman's performance. With the first sound out of her mouth, the judges and the audience gaped in awe. The sheer beauty of what she could do swept over them like a wave, washing away the snide cynicism and judgmental attitude they held just a moment before and bathing them in real joy.
Even the judges gave her a standing ovation (two of them anyway).
They say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. We all know it, but we all do it. Every so often though, you'll run across somebody like Susan Boyle who shows you the truth of that adage in a way you'll never forget.