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April 17th, 2009
11:00 AM ET

America's in love with Susan Boyle... and so am I!

Susan Boyle breaks into song Friday on CNN's American Morning.
Susan Boyle breaks into song Friday on CNN's American Morning.

We had the pleasure this morning of talking live to Susan Boyle, the overnight sensation who melted hearts when she sang “I dreamed a dream…” on Britain’s Got Talent. Read story

She spoke with us this morning from her home in Blackburn, Scotland. (There were unfortunately a few audio problems) but she was just as sweet and humble as she was before becoming the most talked about woman in the world of late. She says she is “gobsmacked” (translation = massively surprised) by all of the fame and accolades but she will take it all of it one day at a time—and stay true to herself. I asked her if she thought she’d let the U.K show would give her a makeover like they so often do with reality contestants. Interestingly she didn’t say yes or no!

And since we just cant get enough of her singing…we had her SING a few bars LIVE on our show. Watch

And I have to tell you, I’m just as taken with her as the rest of the world seems to be. And I started thinking about why? Well, first she reminds me of my mother’s Aunt Mary. A sweet, unassuming gentle woman who was just happy and thankful for her modest life. You never hear Mary complain of anything even though she spent a lot of hours alone at home as a widow. She found joy and wonder in all of the small things in life and I never heard her say a negative thing about anyone. That’s what we’ve seen from Susan so far.

When she first walked out on that stage, it was obvious the audience didn’t think much of her due to her modest appearance. It was almost like everyone was in on the joke but her. She didn’t let it stop her. She didn’t get mad or upset. She just opened her mouth and sang. And without having to really say a word, she made a lasting impression on so many of us.

We could all learn a thing or two from that.

God Bless,


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  1. Adhanom Andemicael

    Kiran, please note that I did NOT criticize you in my last message.

    Regarding Susan, you wrote: “America’s in love with Susan Boyle… and so am I!”
    “ ... since we just cant get enough of her singing…we had her SING a few bars LIVE on our show .... ”

    I was wondering if you’re familiar with the work of Oliver Sacks and Daniel Levitin. They recently published books discussing the importance of music to the human species. Perhaps you’d be interested in discussing their work in one of your future segments(?).

    Please let me know.

    Best wishes,
    Adhanom Andemicael

    April 20, 2009 at 6:40 am |
  2. Mitchel

    Good morning Kiran~!
    I agree with you. I left comments about my feelings last week on you tube under my nickname...Delfinnavzdy ( Dolphin forever ). Her voice is beautiful, and she sings with heart and passion. It is nice to see true hearts in this chaotic world. God touches us in many ways. I hope that she doesn't change. I love her for how she is now, not how people wish, in order to meet their fantasy or idea of how things should be or look. God bless her in all ways.

    April 20, 2009 at 5:45 am |
  3. David Tillotson

    Kiran should be totally and thoroughly ashamed of how she treated Susan Boyle on Friday morning's show. I was absolutely incensed and embarrassed for her, CNN, and all of America concerning the way Kiran kept asking and badgering Susan about having a makeover. It was demeaning and way out of line.
    It was to my mind's eye a huge flashing screen that kept saying, " . . . but you're ugly," " . . . but you're ugly," every time Kiran spoke.
    It has been a very long time since such insensitivity and rude behavior caused me to speak out, but here I am infuriated and letting you know that Kiran is the "ugly" one here and Susan the "beautiful" one, and with an angel's voice, at that.
    One last thing, even though CNN AM has been part of my daily routine for quite awhile, I will no longer watch the show while Kiran is a part of it. This idiocy must stop - this show is no longer a news show, it is sensationalistic trash.

    April 19, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  4. Bob Mann

    what a wonderful unpretentious woman Susan Boyle is! I watched the show last Saturday and, I must confess was in the same frame of mind as the audience ie. What have we got here? expecting her to be riduculed and to have no tune in her head. What a surprise! Well done Susan, I hope you fulfil your dream.

    April 19, 2009 at 8:08 am |
  5. Adhanom Andemicael

    Kiran, classical musicians aren’t so superficial.

    When I listen to a singer perform a piece by Mozart, Schumann, or Schubert, I care more about the quality of the singing. The performer’s physical appearance isn’t relevant.

    Best wishes,
    Adhanom Andemicael

    April 19, 2009 at 7:37 am |
  6. Art

    She may not be the prettiest thing to look at but boy can she sing!

    April 19, 2009 at 6:17 am |
  7. Tom Jaeger

    Have you ever seen a political presense like Barak Obama? He truly is a world leader. Some much needed humility after so many years of real or perceived arrogance.

    April 18, 2009 at 8:02 pm |
  8. noam

    Miss lovely kiran,

    first,I watched ur interview with susan boyle it was very nice.
    and then i read ur comments and yeah i agree with u
    there are things to be learnt if we look closely to
    what things or people we are surrounded with.
    There are people in my family that i dont even
    know what do they really want .because i am more
    engaged with my own world of tech and computers.
    i think it let me think about my supportive dad and
    later go and appreciate him for all he has done for me.

    second.there are as u know many talented people
    around the world that like susan can turn to an
    international star overnight but they live under much
    harsher condition than idea here
    is to expand such talent show to the poorely
    countries of the world

    Third,the way the western talent show is moving a head
    and the way they break to hearts of milion shows the free
    world desire to move toward humanity at all times possible

    thanks wish u luck

    April 18, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  9. Margaret Harris

    It's time for Americans and the global community wake up! We glorify these "stick figured", airbrush,niped and tucked,high paid skeletal people who literally starve themselves, as the epitome of beauty!! It's not realistic! I recall the music groups, Millie Vanillie and Black Box,whereby the PR people, depicted their lead vocalist as young and good looking, while using the voices of people they found unattractive! Talent is talent the people at large, some intelligent creditablity!! If I love your music, trust me, I will purchase it, regardless of what the artists' appearance may be!

    April 18, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  10. Greg Meyer

    I was saddened by the the questioning of Ms. Boyle regarding a makeover for her. Regardless of whether reality shows do this, it was innappropriate and rude.

    April 18, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  11. sandra brown

    When i watched the show, and heard Susan sing, i was reeled over. Her voice is stunning.I kept watching it over and over.Her voice is magnificent. This women should go far.When i heard her sing cry me a river,I did not believe it was the same women. I dreamed a dream will always stay in my heart. Go Susan.

    April 18, 2009 at 9:27 am |
  12. Nick

    Kiran, thanks so much for the great story about Susan.

    When I first saw the clip on-line, I remember cringing when I heard people mocking Susan. And then Susan sang her heart out, and Simon and the audience had to eat their words:)

    I think a great story you could possibly do also involving one of Simon's shows (American Idol) is about Anoop Desai, an Indian-American grad student who is studying Southern Folklore at UNC and has made it to the Top 7. The thing that is "unusual" about Anoop is that like Susan, when he entered the audition room in front of the four judges, the judges laughed and Simon said that he looked geeky and looked like he should work in the Silicon Valley. When this guy sang though, it's amazing. Please check out the YouTube videos about him, and I think, like Susan, you too will be pleasantly surprised.

    April 18, 2009 at 1:44 am |
  13. RJ Washington State

    Heard it on YouTube for first time today, brought me to tears. Voice of an angle.

    April 18, 2009 at 12:17 am |
  14. Alastair Murray

    Great comments – yes, we have all fallen in love with this beautiful woman – who has shown what inner beauty is all about!
    Thankyou Kiran for your interview – when you look at the "Britney's", "Madonna's", "Angelina's" – all the spoilt brats – the show ponies – that have Zero morals, ethics, values of any sort – and then you see someone just as Jesus see's each and every one of us!
    That is wonderful!
    In this world of corruption, lies, deceit and moral depravity, along comes a shining light! For this is what God see's – the reason he created us!
    God Bless each and every person, but especially Susan, for her impact on a World that is crying out for something "Real"!
    That "Real" can only be found in our creator, the Lord God Almighty! And Susan is a committed Christian – surely that says something!
    Praise Our Mighty God!

    April 17, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  15. wonkguy

    This is what you chose to write about?

    April 17, 2009 at 10:29 pm |
  16. Maria Kato

    Susan is my inspiration, today and forever.

    April 17, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  17. Dennis

    Susan represents the best side of humanity. Go Susan!

    April 17, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  18. Carla Daws

    I agree with the previous comment by Mary Austin about the interview question dealing with Susan Boyle's makover. In my opinion, this was a demeaming question to ask anyone much less someone on national television. The woman is obviously blessed with an amazing God given talent. To suggest that she needs a makeover to make her more appealing and successful is one thing that is wrong with society today. I noticed that not one question was asked about her musical background which would have given us more insight into this lovely lady. I am a librarian and teach my students to never judge a book by its cover. The same goes for people. Godspeed Susan Boyle. If you are happy, stay as you are!

    April 17, 2009 at 12:11 pm |
  19. Mary Austin

    Dear Ms. Chetry, I watched your interview with Susan Boyle this morning and thought it was wonderful up until the moment when you asked her if she was or would she get a makeover! I was absolutely shocked. Perhaps you were required to ask that question but my first reaction was...who cares? Do you? I certainly don't. Here is a lovely uncluttered woman and now the world wants to change her into something that is easier for them to look at and what a pity that is. Personally hope she doesn't change a hair. Thank you for your time.

    Mary Austin

    April 17, 2009 at 11:38 am |