The world is full of unattractive people, so the only surprising thing about Ms. Boyle is the fact that the world was so surprised about her talent.
Just think about the entire history of pop and rock music with its overwhelming population of butt-ugly male musicians. Probably only a handful of them have even mediocre talent, yet they become sex symbols. And somehow, out of the blue, we are supposed to be so impressed with Ms. Boyle. Why? Because she is unattractive? Is her voice even that impressive? It’s good, but come one. The world is full of unattractive talented people, but for some reason the untalented beautiful women and the mediocre and ugly men are given the contracts.
What should truly surprise us is just how susceptible we are to television marketing campaigns and how little we value women or real talent for that matter.