I’m not being cute calling her that, either. Check the stats on the YouTube vids of her “Britain’s Got Talent” performance; all told, she must be pushing 20 million views. To put that in perspective, a link to a video at the top of Drudge usually only delivers a few hundred thousand. We’re still getting tips about it every day, usually with a line or two about how it made the sender cry, even though I posted it already. She’s a bona fide phenomenon, in other words, which makes me think at least a few of you will be interested in this. Two segments from this morning’s “Early Show,” one of them featuring a celebrity cameo and both of them featuring the anchors talking to her almost as if she’s a child — which may not be totally inappropriate. I’m not sure what’s “wrong” with her exactly, whether it’s just an extreme case of social awkwardness or something more, but needless to say that authenticity is at the core of the popular fascination with her. When was the last time someone so talented so utterly exploded the stereotype of how an entertainer should be?


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