One of Susan's less well publicised achievements is that she reduced Michael Gove to tears with her rendering of Wild Horses. He confessed in an article he wrote as a Times journalist before the last election and his elevation to UK Minister for Education in the coalition government.
As a fellow lachrymose, who needed a bucket every time team GB won a medal during the Olympics, I took special note, pleased to be in such exalted company.
From her astonishing debut on Britain's Got Talent, Susan has gone on to develop a full international career enjoying worldwide success. It's an extraordinary story.
Almost too late it happened,
a nightingale on a talent show,
wreathed in frump and tousle,
a mismatch of sight and sound,
like Shakespeare from a babe in arms.
We of little faith sat up and listened.
The Princess's voice from Cinderella
soared and touched the million hearts
across the world who ask, Could I?
They dream their dreams through her
and think, It’s never too late for us
while the Magdalane still sings.
The Stuart Agenda by Alan Calder, published by Willow Moon. eBook and paperback at all Amazon sites. Reviews at www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005BJ3GNI