Susan Boyle shocks Simon Cowell, everyone on Britain’s Got Talent 3′s first episode

Britain’s Got Talent‘s third season debuted Saturday, and already the show has a breakout star: Susan Boyle, an unemployed woman who’s “nearly 48,” talks about her cat, and says she’s “never been kissed.” You can guess how that’s going to turn out since she dreams of being a singer and compares herself to (actually talented) British musical theater star Elaine Paige.

Watch her audition in front of Simon Cowell and the other judges, including Piers Morgan; what she does to Simon Cowell is almost more remarkable than her singing.

The talent competition’s first season was won by a cell phone salesman who sang opera, Paul Potts, who was also physically unassuming (read: schlubby). It looks like he has competition in the unlikely singer department from Susan Boyle, and the contest may be over before it even started. One video of her audition is already among YouTube’s most-popular videos.

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