In the days since Scottish singer Susan Boyle wowed the crowd on “Britain’s Got Talent” and lit up YouTube with tens of millions of hits, she’s channeled [artist id=”1060″]Celine Dion[/artist] on “Larry King Live” and been likened to another huge “BGT” success story, Paul Potts. Add one more comparison to the mix: an animated green ogre. Really.
Rosie O’Donnell tells People
magazine that Boyle is “like Shrek comes to life.” That may sound like a stinging rebuke — after all, season-six “American Idol” contestant Melinda Doolittle was derisively labeled a Shrek-alike by online haters.
But O’Donnell, who herself has come in for more than her fair share of body-image abuse, said she intended the comparison as a positive one.
“That moment is what every artist tries to capture,” she said. “Here is this freaky miss, a fat, ugly girl, like Shrek comes to life, directing energy towards her soul. This was so rare … something authentic in a world that is usually manufactured. It was a perfect moment which will never happen again.”
In 2006, O’Donnell got into a highly publicized feud with Donald Trump, during which he called her “an extremely unattractive person,” “my nice fat little Rosie” and a “big, fat pig.”
And she’s routinely mocked for her plus-size body on sites like TMZ.com.
According to O’Donnell, Boyle’s performance was so extraordinary that it even transformed prickly Simon Cowell into a warm-hearted soul, albeit temporarily. “Simon Cowell was genuinely moved when he heard Susan Boyle sing,” O’Donnell said. “He showed his humanity, and I actually liked him. It was a moment in time.”