At this point, it's almost an understatement to say Susan Boyle has had the biggest week of her life. The unassuming middle-age church worker is now an international singing sensation, thanks to her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from "Les Misérables" on "Britain's Got Talent," which has garnered 25 million views (and counting) on YouTube in less than a week.
Along with the millions of YouTubers who have fallen in love with the frumpy, sweet 47-year-old, the judges from "Britain's Got Talent" are big fans. Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan told "Early Show" host Julie Chen on Friday morning (April 17) that they were just as surprised as everyone else when Boyle started to belt out the classic song.
"It's a very shallow thing to say but, obviously, the minute she walked onstage we all, and the audience, completely judged her on her appearance and everything else." Holden said. "You know, that true cliché: We judged a book by its cover."
Morgan even went so far as to apologize to Boyle for underestimating her talent based on her unconventional appearance.
"I would just like to apologize to Susan Boyle," he said. "I think we owe her on apology because it was an amazing performance. We were all laughing at her when she started and by the end, the last laugh was on her."
Boyle even managed to melt the heart of third "Talent" judge, notoriously harsh critic Simon Cowell. "The minute Susan Boyle walked on the stage and opened her mouth, I just saw dollar signs in Simon's eyes," Holden said. "Whether she wins or not, he will sign her up."
As for Boyle's chances to win the competition? Holden and Morgan said that while Boyle already has a head start with her millions of followers, she'll still have to earn the chance to sing for Queen Elizabeth, an honor bestowed on the winner of the competition.
And despite Boyle's lack of pop-star looks, Holden swears they won't try to make her over.
"I don't want to turn her into a glamour-puss. We're all rooting for the underdog here."
Riding the wave of this instant fame, Boyle has already appeared on the CBS "Early Show" and she's scheduled to talk to Larry King and Oprah Winfrey next.
"I never imagined anything like this, [but] it's been totally amazing," she told The Associated Press of the attention that's left her "gobsmacked."
But the instant star swears she's not leaving her hometown of Blackburn, Scotland, to seek international success. "I was born and bred here; I won't leave here."