Susan Boyle expected to sing for the Pope

Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:31am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - Singing sensation Susan Boyle is expected to perform for Pope Benedict during his visit to Britain, the Scottish church said on Thursday.

The Scottish spinster sprang to world prominence last year after winning a standing ovation on TV's "Britain's Got Talent" and her performance became an overnight internet hit.

Tens of millions logged on to YouTube to hear her belt out "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Miserables," and since then she has gone on to top charts around the world.

She has also appeared on U.S. chat shows hosted by Oprah Winfrey and Larry King.

Now the 49-year-old former church worker, who once joked she had never been kissed, is in talks with the Roman Catholic Church to perform at a public mass to be held in Glasgow during the Pope's September visit.

"Negotiations are still under way but we expect Susan Boyle to perform as part of the Papal Mass at Bellahouston Park," said a spokesman for the Bishops' Conference of Scotland.

No further details were available and it was not clear which songs she would perform.

Boyle's spokeswoman said in a statement: "Susan's management are currently looking at the possibility of this happening." She had no further comment.

Boyle, who used to sing in her church choir, is the antithesis of the modern celebrity with her dowdy appearance and advancing years.   Continued...

<p>Scottish singer Susan Boyle sings "I Dreamed a Dream" on the Danish relief show "The Denmark Collection" to raise money for women in Africa and for the victims of the Haiti earthquake at the Tivoli Concert Hall in Copenhagen January 30, 2010. REUTERS/Casper Christoffersen/Scanpix</p>