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Susan Boyle may be facing a tough competitor in this season’s Britain’s Got Talent. Hollie Steel, 10-year-old ballerina girl, has such a glowing presence that you can’t help but fall for her angelic voice. Unlike other stage parents, Steel’s parents actually look normal and are very supportive of her talent. I am not an American Idol fan but I will be keeping eyes out for both performances by Susan Boyle and Hollie Steel. Do you think the British will be swayed by Hollie’s innocent charm or Susan’s Cinderella/Ugly Duckling-to-Swan story?

A recent article in the March issue of Glamour has caught my attention: Lose Weight While you Sleep!. You must think that this is too good to be true, don’t you? Well, this month I will be putting myself to the test! Why not?! I have nothing to lose but pounds. I normally get close to 6.5 to 7 hours of sleep but the sleep experts say that you must get at least 7.5 hours every night. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that you’d lose more pounds with more hours of sleep hahaha. Find out your time to hit the pillows by counting 7.5 hours counter-clockwise from the time you normally wake up. For example, if your normal wake-up time is 6 a.m., you’d need to go to bed by 10:30 p.m. If you have trouble going to bed early, start a routine so that your body associates your activity with time for extra ZZZs. For me, I will start by reading a good book. Sweet dreams!

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Dreams do come true for Susan Boyle, 47 year-old unemployed woman, a contestant in this season’s Britain’s Got Talent. Susan who lives with her cat claims she has never been kissed – this made me feel so sad =(. She has always wanted to perform in front of a large audience and now her dream has come true. Don’t judge a book by its cover, she is an amazing singer. Here she sings “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables. [Note: You need to double click the YouTube link below since embedding was disabled by user.]

Susan’s story reminds me so much of Paul Potts, who won as the finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2007. Paul was just an ordinary cell phone salesman but blew away the judges and audience with his operatic voice. His second album, Passione, will be released in the US on May 5, 2009. I wish the same happy ending for Susan.