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Quiz about Susan Boyle Dreamed a Dream
Quiz about Susan Boyle Dreamed a Dream

Susan Boyle Dreamed a Dream Trivia Quiz


Overnight fame Susan Boyle stunned the world when she auditioned for "Britain's Got Talent". Enjoy this simple quiz about Susan and her sudden rise to fame.

A multiple-choice quiz by Godwit. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
Godwit
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
320,265
Updated
Jul 23 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
Plays
530
Awards
Top 10% Quiz
Question 1 of 10
1. In early 2009, a 47-year old Scottish woman named Susan auditioned for "Britain's Got Talent" in Glasgow, Scotland. Executive and judge Simon Cowell asked her, "What's the dream?" What did she answer? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. What happened at the "Britain's Got Talent" audition after Susan Boyle sang? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Susan Boyle's father was a miner and war veteran who sang in his spare time. Her mother was a typist. Susan began to sing as a young lady, as an escape from what? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. What happened on the Web in the days following Susan Boyle's audition? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Susan became an overnight sensation, favored to win "Britain's Got Talent". But she didn't win. Which answer explains her loss? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Executive and talent judge Simon Cowell is known for being rude, judgmental and mean. Yet he went to Susan Boyle and personally arranged that she do what? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Susan Boyle traveled to promote her album, touring the UK, and then the United States. How did the fans in the United States treat her? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. How did Susan Boyle's first album do? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Susan Boyle was a big fan of a certain American singer, musician, actor and former teen idol. He paid her a personal visit at her home and they sang a duet together there. Who was that? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Susan Boyle took the song "I Dreamed a Dream" from the play "Les Miserables". The song is in part about losing a love. What has Susan been doing with her personal life that she never married? Hint



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1. In early 2009, a 47-year old Scottish woman named Susan auditioned for "Britain's Got Talent" in Glasgow, Scotland. Executive and judge Simon Cowell asked her, "What's the dream?" What did she answer?

Answer: I'm trying to be a professional singer

Susan said she was trying to become a professional singer, but she had never been given the chance. She chose the song "I Dreamed a Dream" for her audition. Many people, including judges, later admitted they assumed her to be an arrogant, delusional older woman who would sing "rubbish". Expectations were low because of Susan's age, and her everyday appearance.

But Susan had been pursuing a singing career for twenty-three years, and she had a surprise for all of us.
2. What happened at the "Britain's Got Talent" audition after Susan Boyle sang?

Answer: A standing ovation

She got a standing ovation. Her voice has been called spellbinding, amazing, and magical. The song "I Dreamed a Dream" seemed to represent Susan's own life and struggle, as in these partial lyrics: "All the tigers come out at night, with their voices soft as thunder. And they tear your hopes apart, as they turn your dreams to shame..." Susan's mother had died in 2007, her siblings had moved away, she never married and her dreams did seem to be torn apart.
3. Susan Boyle's father was a miner and war veteran who sang in his spare time. Her mother was a typist. Susan began to sing as a young lady, as an escape from what?

Answer: She was bullied and lonely

Susan's birth was difficult. Oxygen deprivation caused her to develop mild learning disabilities. She was teased and bulled at school, often called "Simple Susan". She didn't have much work in her adult life, but she did attend the theater, she took voice lessons, and she sang at church and local venues.
4. What happened on the Web in the days following Susan Boyle's audition?

Answer: 300 million people watched her audition

Susan so stunned the world that within three days several million watched the YouTube video of Susan's performance. Simon Cowell called it an Internet wildfire. As millions downloaded, news of the stunning performance of this unassuming and ordinary looking woman went around the planet. The story of her audition was in newspapers around the globe.
5. Susan became an overnight sensation, favored to win "Britain's Got Talent". But she didn't win. Which answer explains her loss?

Answer: No food or sleep all week

Susan was unable to sleep or eat all the week before the live contest appearance. The sudden fame, and the assumption she should win, put tremendous pressure on someone completely new to this kind of attention. There were also journalists hounding her.

She said she felt "suffocated" and anxious. Simon Cowell privately offered that she could bow out of the final contest, but she went ahead. Her performance was not her best. Just a few days later she was hospitalized for five days.
6. Executive and talent judge Simon Cowell is known for being rude, judgmental and mean. Yet he went to Susan Boyle and personally arranged that she do what?

Answer: Get a chance to make a record

Simon said that he saw in himself and the talent show audience their superficial judgment of others. He admired Susan's courage to audition, and he admired her voice. He liked being reminded that talent doesn't have to look a certain way, or be a certain age. So he decided to personally see that Susan, without time pressure, could record her songs. Susan did make that album, which debuted in November 2009.
7. Susan Boyle traveled to promote her album, touring the UK, and then the United States. How did the fans in the United States treat her?

Answer: As a victorious underdog

Susan sang on "American Idol" and gained real confidence when everywhere she went she was greeted by massive American crowds who applauded this underdog's success.
8. How did Susan Boyle's first album do?

Answer: It went Platinum in just weeks

Susan's debut album was number one on the charts of the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, the US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada within weeks of its debut. It was also in the top ten best selling albums in Japan and Spain before it was out a month. Susan appeared on "Good Morning America", "Oprah Winfrey", "Larry King" and a number of other major shows to promote the album. Fans purchased over 1,000,000 copies, making it Platinum in several countries within weeks of its release.
9. Susan Boyle was a big fan of a certain American singer, musician, actor and former teen idol. He paid her a personal visit at her home and they sang a duet together there. Who was that?

Answer: Donnie Osmond

Donnie Osmond is a favorite for Susan. You remember him from "The Osmond Brothers" or "Donnie and Marie", both singing groups. He is also a race car driver, author and dancer from "Dancing with the Stars". His solo hits include "Puppy Love", "Go Away Little Girl" and his first solo hit, "Sweet and Innocent".

He and Susan sang "Sweet and Innocent" together during his visit. What's touching about watching that video is how shy and sweet Susan is. Not bad in duet, either.
10. Susan Boyle took the song "I Dreamed a Dream" from the play "Les Miserables". The song is in part about losing a love. What has Susan been doing with her personal life that she never married?

Answer: Caring for her aged mother

Susan gave most of her life to care for her aged mother. Her 91-year old mother died in 2007, and Susan has said it was this loss that inspired her to audition for "Britain's Got Talent". Susan had applied for other auditions since 1995, and she recorded a single, but nothing in the huge venue of 2009. "Les Miserables" has been seen by over 60 million people, so many can relate to the song and its theme of hope and disappointment.
Source: Author Godwit

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